Recently, a number of experts have increasingly often speculated in the media over the issue of the Russian President’s personal and official life. Their information is mostly negative, to put it mildly.
According to some experts, Vladimir Putin might have certain health issues and even might leave his post in the short term. Others believe that he has allegedly almost completely lost control of the situation in Russia. To their thinking, the activities of the Russian President are under full control of certain people of clout. According to the third group of experts, he has missed the moment when fierce power struggle started in Russia. Therefore, in order to somehow solve the situation, Vladimir Putin was forced to restructure the very format of the power vertical.
Meanwhile, according to Mikhail Khazin, a Russian economist and publicist, the Russian President is acting efficiently and is full of energy. Moreover, in Khazin’s opinion, Putin is likely to have a plan for how to deal a major blow to the power-wielding liberal elites in order to remove them from the main financial flows. In doing so, chances are steady growth will be ensured for the Russian economy against the backdrop of the global crisis. Previously, Khazin said that a coup d'état might have occurred in Russia but it was thanks to Putin’s steps that the crisis was prevented.
According to Khazin, the coup d'état might have occurred as early as this spring when the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic began. It was then that some discontent with Vladimir Putin started in the corridors of power from the side of people associated with the liberal wing of the Cabinet. As a result, Putin almost had to force senior federal officials to work and to perform their direct duties.
“Putin was faced with total sabotage of the officials responsible for helping businesses as they were fulfilling orders,” Khazin said. “In fact, the situation was almost alarming. However, Putin managed to prevent a state revolution in Russia. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu significantly helped him to do it.”
In addition, according to Khazin, after the situation was taken under control, Shoigu was awarded by the President. It was a kind of expression of his gratitude for Shoigu’s help in a difficult situation for the state. Moreover, at that time, the issue allowed Vladimir Putin to understand who of the officials were simply unable to cope with their duties, and who was an outspoken enemy of the state willing to deliberately sabotage the presidential decrees.
In Khazin’s opinion, the administrative reform that Putin and Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin have recently started, is just the “echo” of a failed coup d'état that the Russian President managed to avoid. Along with that a number of high-profile arrests and detentions as well as the dismissals of officials, and the subsequent reshuffle of the government with the reduction of a number of agencies happened. Meanwhile, says Khazin, a lot of intriguing events in Russia are still forthcoming. They might take place as part of the President's campaign to “wipe out” the elites consisting of unreliable people in power who are openly carrying out subversive activities.