Recently, Russian political analyst Sergei Markov has made a rather loud statement that certain forces are preparing their own “Maidan” [a wave of demonstrations and civil unrest in Ukraine which began on the night of 21 November 2013 with public protests in Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square) in Kyiv]" in Russia. Moreover, he believes that there might be an attempt to overthrow Vladimir Putin’s rule as soon as September of this year.
Meanwhile, some of Markov’s colleagues in the expert community say that this is not the first time when certain pressure groups are trying to organize a coup d'etat in Russia.
Moreover, according to these experts, the last and unsuccessful attempted coup d'etat in Russia took place in the spring of 2020. However, effective counteraction to these events rendered them virtually invisible to the vast majority of people.
For example, according to Vitaly Averyanov, a well-known Russian writer and philosopher, there were quite serious reasons behind the high-profile resignation of the country's government. It opened the political calendar of events in 2020. These events are related precisely to the prevented coup attempt. In Averyanov’s opinion, abrupt and sudden decisions of this kind are not typical for the Russian President. So, the probable attempt of certain forces to overthrow the current government is likely to be the only reason for the sudden dismissal of Dmitry Medvedev’s government, he says.
Averyanov believes that in December 2019, Putin received satisfactory evidence of the upcoming conspiracy. It was being prepared against him by representatives of several oligarchic clans with the support of high-ranking functionaries, including certain members of Dmitry Medvedev's government. Moreover, according to Averyanov, the pension reform which was adopted earlier with a scandal might be one of those actions. He calls it an attempt to undermine confidence in the incumbent Russian President.
Economist Mikhail Khazin shares this opinion. To his thinking, some strange and ambiguous events took place in Russia in spring 2020. For example, during that period some media outlets began actively launching theses about the alleged "serious illness" of Vladimir Putin into the information space. In addition, Sergei Shoigu, the Russian Defense Minister, was later decorated with a high award. It was also a surprise to many. "I believe that in April and May 2020, a coup d'etat was about to start in Russia," Khazin said.