Vladimir Putin will soon face a new rebellion that nobody will stop, a hardcore Russian nationalist and army veteran who played a key role in the annexation of Crimea has claimed.
Igor Girkin – who blasted “incompetent or cowardly” government leaders – made the claim to his 883,000 followers on Telegram. referring to Wagner group boss Yevgeny Prigozhin’s aborted coup attempt, Girkin – also known as Igor Ivanovich Strelkov – said nobody will oppose a new uprising against Putin because “it makes no sense to risk your life defending such a miserable, miserable government”.
The former Federal Security Service officer suggested the lack of action being taken against Prigozhin would embolden rebels. And he blasted Russia’s “rulers” for being “so rotten that they have lost even the elementary instinct of self-preservation”.
Girkin, a self-described Russian nationalist who was charged with terrorism by authorities in Ukraine, wrote: “A week has passed since Prigozhin’s rebellion. Which – judging by the consequences – was not a rebellion, it turns out.
“Well, if only because, despite six downed helicopters and a plane, the death of more than 10 (no one knows for sure) Russian servicemen – no measures have been taken to punish the rebels. Moreover, Mr Prigozhin freely moves across the state border of the Russian Federation, lives in St. Petersburg, and the authorities pretend that ‘this is how it should be’.
“There is no mention of any resignations of persons who showed incompetence and cowardice during the rebellion. The highest statesmen who fled abroad during the days of the rebellion are all in their places.
“Not a word of condemnation, not even the slightest hint of punishment from the lips of a person who remotely resembles the president, sounded.
“Hence the consequence: another rebellion is not far off. It remains only to wait for a major defeat at the front.
“And, yes, – no matter who starts it – now no one will resist the rebels. Nobody at all. Because it makes no sense to risk your life defending such a miserable and miserable government.
“What will this lead to – I have already written more than once … too many ‘the living will envy the dead’. But it is impossible to save a country whose rulers are so rotten that they have lost even the elementary instinct of self-preservation, exchanging it for the opportunity to ‘do nothing at any cost’ a little more.”!