Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – The attack by Russian President Vladimir Putin’s troops into Ukraine is considered a political and economic disaster for Russia. A number of countries have even carried out political and economic ‘isolation’ against the Red Bear Country.
Amid these conditions, reports emerged that key officials close to Putin had decided to take matters into their own hands.
Ilya Ponomarev, an opposition activist and former member of parliament, claims there is panic within the Kremlin elite. They also want negotiations to end the war immediately.
“The signal of a desire to negotiate was sent by someone in Putin’s inner circle. I can’t say his name, but you won’t believe it. It’s one of the ‘pillars of the regime’,” he said, quoting the Express, Tuesday (16/8/2022).
Meanwhile, Putin’s inner circle consists mostly of the so-called “siloviki” – former members of the intelligence and military.
The two most influential people are believed to be Nikolai Patrushev and Igor Sechin, the boss of oil giant Rosneft.
Nicknamed “Darth Vader”, Sechin is considered a close ally and “de facto deputy” of Putin. He has been a confidant of the Russian leader since the early 1990s.
Sechin is often described as a hardliner and one of the most conservative advisers in Putin’s inner circle.
Along with other members of the Kremlin elite, the head of Rosneft finds himself the target of sanctions.
In his sanctions notice, the European Union said he was one of Vladimir Putin’s most trusted and closest advisers, as well as a personal friend. He is said to have been in contact with Putin on a daily basis.
Meanwhile, Latvia’s decision to publicly declare Russia a “state sponsor of terrorism” is likely to increase political pressure on other Western leaders to follow suit.
US President Joe Biden has been urged by members of the Senate to blacklist Russia, ahead of a vote in the Latvian parliament.
Senators Richard Blumenthal and Lindsey Graham asked Joe Biden in late July to designate Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism.
Meanwhile, Russia has warned the Biden administration against taking such a step, saying it could become a diplomatic “point of no return” and trigger a complete breakdown of relations between the two countries.
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