It’s unknown what has exactly happened since March 5, when he was last seen. It’s also unknown what tomorrow’s appearance by him might bring. If he’s to step down we might be looking at Medvedev taking charge again but in an interim capacity until elections come around. He’s a familiar face which won’t cause too much shock among the nation.
As the article states, it is plausible this has something to do with the assassination of outspoken Putin critic, Nemstov, two weeks ago. People now know who the killers are, but want the ‘contractors’ and the trail just might lead to Putin. Perhaps Putin’s already corrupt handlers in a nation ran by Soviet era KGB thugs think Putin overstepped his boundaries.
Russian strongman Vladimir Putin has been AWOL for more than a week, and reports now say that the 62-year-old president may have been deposed in a silent coup deep within the Kremlin. But Putin is scheduled to make a public appearance on Monday, so the mystery of his disappearance could be cleared up at that time — or it could grow even deeper if Putin pulls a no-show then, as he has at several announced meetings since March 5.
But a new report, based on claims by a key Putin ally Saturday, says that Putin has been removed from office in a behind-the-scenes coup led by the former chief of Russia’s Federal Security Service, known as the FSB — the secret police and intelligence organization that has functioned as an important pillar of the Vladimir Putin regime.
“I think that Putin is neutralized at the moment, but of course, he is alive,” Putin backer Geydar Dzhemal, leader of the National Islamic Committee, said on TV in Georgia, an independent country once part of the Society Union. “He is under the control of the power-wielding agencies, who have, in my opinion, organized a coup d’etat.”
Dzhemal, quoted in Britain’s Daily Mail newspaper, pointed the finger squarely at ex-FSB head Nikolai Patrushev. According to Dzhemal’s account, Patrushev met with the anti-Putin Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov on Wednesday, “and tempted him over to his side.”
Kadryov, whose regime and persona wealth has benefited immensely from Putin’s backing, has been reportedly linked to the shocking assassination of outspoken Putin critic Boris Nemstov on February 27. But the killing of Nemstov was said to expose a rift between Kadryov and the FSB.
Full article: Vladimir Putin Ousted In Silent Coup, Reports Say, As Mystery Over Russian Strongman Continues (Inquisitor)