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Here are 11 names of potential replacements for Putin, could be more ‘cruel’

Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – Russian President Vladimir Putin is currently under pressure from outside and at home due to his war in Ukraine which has lasted more than seven months.

After getting a barrage of sanctions from Western countries and their allies, Putin was also protested by his people. In fact, early last September, more than 40 local elected officials across Russia signed a petition demanding Putin’s resignation from the post of president of the Russian Federation.

If Putin is ousted, there is a long list of potential successors, but there is no guarantee that peace will actually happen. This is reflected in a new analysis of Politico who warned that Putin’s successor could be more extreme and cruel.


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Report Politico compared several well-known figures touted as Putin’s successors. Here’s a list of possible replacements for Putin, as quoted: ExpressFriday (30/9/2022).

1. Nikolai Patrushev

Nikolai Patrushev, the 71-year-old former head of the FSB, is one of the people on the list of Putin’s successors. Patrushev’s views are said to be more extreme than Putin’s when it comes to the US.

In the report PoliticoPatrushev, who is now secretary of the Russian Security Council, has the advantage of sharing Putin’s world views, particularly hostility towards the West, especially towards the United States.

2. Dmitry Medvedev

Medvedev, 57, is Putin’s right-hand man who served as President of Russia in 2008. His position is to strengthen Putin in maintaining his power while complying with rules related to constitutional term limits.

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“War is not good for Medvedev, whose attempts to dispel his image as Putin’s less evil twin brother by masquerading as a nuclear lunatic has been drowned out by a burst of hysterical laughter from readers of his Telegram channel,” the report said.

3. Alexei Dyumin

Putin’s former bodyguard Dyumin is believed to have saved Putin from a bear by firing a gun into his leg. Serving as the governor of Tula, Dyumin was also a special forces commander during the 2014 annexation of Crimea.

“Dyumin, according to some accounts, is Putin’s favorite but his preferred status will leave him vulnerable if a power struggle breaks out in the Kremlin,” the report said.

4. Dmitry Patrushev

Nikolai’s son, Dmitry, 44, was appointed agriculture minister in 2018. The report said if Dmitry took office he could assuage fears in the wider world that Russia, facing defeat in Ukraine, would launch a suicidal nuclear escalation.

“A hereditary ruler would, by definition, have a stronger instinct for survival than a deranged dictator hiding in an underground bunker,” the report said.

5. Troika (Triple)

Another possible replacement for Putin is the leadership of a committee made up of senior figures. They are FSB boss Alexander Bortnikov, Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev, and Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu.

“Watch out for Patrushev Sr, FSB boss Alexander Bortnikov, Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev, and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, who was also an astute survivor who, however, endured a terrible war,” the report said.

6. Mikhail Mishustin

Officially, as Prime Minister, Mishustin, 56, is the one who will take over the reins if Putin is unable to carry out his duties.

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“If Putin is unable, the constitution does not explicitly allow him to reappear if he recovers,” the report said.

7. Sergei Sobyanin

Moscow mayor Sobyanin could emerge if protests in the Russian capital spiral out of control, according to the report.

However, the report adds: “This is by no means a base case scenario: The protests against Putin’s mobilization orders have by no means reached the scale of the Euromaidan movement in Kyiv that forced Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych to step down from power in early 2014.”

8. Alexei Navalny

Lawyers for Navalny, 46, are currently in jail after being found guilty of highly questionable fraud charges. But he is said to be a replacement for Putin.

“Displaying extraordinary courage, Navalny continues to oppose war from behind bars. But his chances of following Nelson Mandela from his prison cell to the presidency are slim,” the report said.

9. Mikhail Khodorkovsky

Former oil baron Khodorkovsky, 59, is currently in exile and a fierce critic of Putin’s regime. But his history as a ruthless businessman has not been forgotten by older Russians, who still hold bitter memories of Yeltsin’s tumultuous years, he got in place of Putin, according to the report.

10. Mikhail Mizintsev

Called the Mariupol butcher, Mizintsev, 60, spearheaded the brutal siege that left 20,000 Ukrainians dead.

“Mizintsev may not be a direct contender for power but will be a spectacle in the days and weeks to come,” the report said.

11. Ramzan Kadyrov

Lastly, past Chechen leaders have described Ukraine as a neo-Nazi “devil”. However, his most likely response to Putin’s death is to push for his country’s independence.

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