It’s not often that we see Russian tyrant Vladimir Putin talked down to, especially within his own country, but a bit of American intelligence reporting seems to suggest that his spectacular failures in Ukraine are bringing about some radical change to the Kremlin’s power dynamic.
Putin, who has had his critics poisoned and killed fairly regularly, tends to keep a short figurative leash on criticisms of himself or his policies. This week, however, a rather remarkable bit of news from his inside circle is making an impression…all the way up to the White House.
A member of Vladimir Putin’s inner circle has voiced disagreement directly to the Russian president in recent weeks over his handling of the war in Ukraine, according to information obtained by U.S. intelligence.
The criticism marks the clearest indication yet of turmoil within Russia’s leadership over the stewardship of a war that has gone disastrously wrong for Moscow, forcing Putin last month to order the mobilization of hundreds of thousands of troops in a desperate bid to reverse recent battlefield losses.
This was no small occurrence, either.
The information was deemed significant enough that it was included in President Biden’s daily intelligence briefing and shared with other U.S. officials, according to people familiar with the matter who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive intelligence.
The discontent that the member of Putin’s inner circle expressed related to what the insider considered mismanagement of the war effort and mistakes being made by those executing the military campaign, according to one of the people.
Putin has begun resorting to bellicose and worrisome threats of nuclear war of late, as every traditional route he’s taken appears to be annihilated almost immediately by Ukraine.
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