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Putin’s Next Problems: Cancer and an “Impossible to Stop” Coup?

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Russian President Putin. Image Credit: Creative Commons.

Is A Putin Coup Finally Underway? Ukrainian Major General Kyrylo Budanov told Britain’s Sky News recently that a coup is currently underway in Russia. The coup, he said, is working to remove Russian President Vladimir Putin from office.

“It will eventually lead to the change of leadership of the Russian Federation,” he said. “This process has already been launched.

Budanov also expressed confidence in the ability of those believed to be undertaking the coup, predicting that they will be “impossible to stop.”

The 36-year-old Russian military intelligence chief said that the “breaking point” will be the second part of August, with most active combat situations coming to an end by the end of the year.

“As a result, we will renew Ukrainian power in all our territories that we have lost including Donbas and the Crimea,” he added.

His comments are significant, too, as Budanov correctly predicted that Russia would invade Ukraine earlier in the year while other members of the government in Kyiv remained skeptical about the likelihood of Putin pulling the trigger.

Rumors of Blood Cancer

The talk of a coup comes as rumors circulate that the Russian president is “very ill with blood cancer.”

An anonymous Russian oligarch closely connected to the Kremlin can be heard saying in an undercover recording that Vladimir Putin has several serious health conditions, including blood cancer. The recording was leaked and shared with New Lines magazine. It also revealed how Putin’s alleged blood cancer condition was causing a host of other medical problems that the Kremlin is actively working to hide.

The report from New Lines magazine suggested that Putin’s red and puffy face could be linked to his blood cancer. The 69-year-old Russian leader was also seen during the May 9 Victory Day parade in Moscow walking awkwardly, potentially hiding a limp after he underwent back surgery in October last year.

Putin experiencing major health problems would also explain why all meetings with world leaders in recent months were held at a 20ft-long table. Immunocompromised and unwell, the Russian president may be attempting to avoid a COVID-19 infection.

Can A Coup Happen?

Whether a coup is possible or likely in Russia is uncertain, but we do know that the Russian president has taken steps to stop a coup from happening.

In April, it was revealed that Putin could have removed over 100 Federal Security Bureau agents from their positions. One member of the country’s top intelligence agency was even sent to prison.

Sergei Beseda, who previously led the Russian Fifth Service, was placed under house arrest in March and then sent to the Lefortovo prison in Moscow.

The agents were reportedly removed from their positions as part of an effort to send a “very strong message” to elites in Russia that Putin takes the invasion of Ukraine seriously and is willing to exercise his power to stop people from undermining him.

The Russian president has cultivated an environment whereby a coup would have few incentives, would be hard to achieve, and would put everyone involved at risk.

A coup may be difficult, but with Putin’s reportedly failing health, low morale among the troops in Ukraine, and crippling Western sanctions against the country, it isn’t off the cards.

Jack Buckby is a British author, counter-extremism researcher, and journalist based in New York. Reporting on the U.K., Europe, and the U.S., he works to analyze and understand left-wing and right-wing radicalization, and reports on Western governments’ approaches to the pressing issues of today. His books and research papers explore these themes and propose pragmatic solutions to our increasingly polarized society.

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Jack Buckby is 19FortyFive's Breaking News Editor. He is a British author, counter-extremism researcher, and journalist based in New York. Reporting on the U.K., Europe, and the U.S., he works to analyze and understand left-wing and right-wing radicalization, and reports on Western governments’ approaches to the pressing issues of today. His books and research papers explore these themes and propose pragmatic solutions to our increasingly polarized society.

16 Comments

16 Comments

  1. Alex

    May 15, 2022 at 12:55 pm

    Fantasies and lies, fantasies and lies… Nothing new. And now about reality:

    A demobilized French soldier, author of the book “Get up and go thanks to science” Adrien Boke went to Ukraine on a humanitarian mission and spent three weeks there.

    Upon his return, he decided to convey to the French information about the events he had witnessed in Ukraine.

    “I take full responsibility for what I say. While in Ukraine, I witnessed war crimes. All of them were committed by the Ukrainian army. But in France we don’t talk about it!

    When I returned to France from Ukraine, I was shocked: TV channels invite as experts people who have not been to Ukraine and do not know anything about what is happening there now. However, they dare to speculate about these events. Between what I hear from the TV screen and what I saw with my own eyes is an abyss.

    Azov fighters are everywhere. With neo-Nazi stripes. It shocks me that Europe is supplying weapons to neo-Nazis. Not only do they not hide their views. They advertise them. I worked with these people and treated them.

    Being there, there was nothing I could do. Just watch and make videos. I have this footage and will use it as evidence of Ukraine’s crimes.

    I witnessed how the Ukrainian military shot through the knees of captured Russian soldiers and shot in the head higher-ranking officers.

    I have personally seen American videographers making fake footage from the scene of the events staging.

    All destroyed civilian buildings, given out by Ukraine for bombardment of civilians, are nothing more than the result of inaccurate shooting by Ukrainians at military facilities.

    The Armed Forces of Ukraine hide ammunition in residential buildings at night, without even informing the residents. This is called using people as a shield, ”Boke quotes one of the French media.

    The Washington Post recently drew attention to the fact that Ukrainian troops are placing military equipment in residential areas of cities in an attempt to counter the Russian Armed Forces, which threatens the lives of civilians.

    Boke also spoke about the untruthfulness of Western media reports about the events in Bucha.

    “Bucha is a staging. The bodies of the dead were moved from other places and deliberately placed in such a way as to produce shocking footage, ”the French author noted.

    The documents confirming this were submitted to the Federal Security Service – how, who – there are relevant intercepts – on what transport he came to this settlement and created the conditions for organizing this provocation.

    Soon all the collected evidence about the crimes of the Nazis in Ukraine will be seen by the whole world. And the most important thing is the help of Western countries to the Nazis of Ukraine and assistance in their crimes.

    I advise all adequate people to watch the video of the interview, where the French journalist tells what I wrote about earlier.

    All doubts will disappear, but you will learn about the war crimes of Bandera Nazis.

    Do not pay attention to the squeals of Bandera Nazis. This is all they are capable of: deceitful, vile, beggars – like their ancestors, the Bandera Nazis.

    I also recommend watching the videos he made. These are hundreds of videos showing the war crimes of Bandera Nazis not only against prisoners of war, but against Ukrainians.

    While the West is playing to help with the Bandera Nazis, the Ukrainians are begging Russia to protect them. The Ukrainians will win and Ukraine will be cleansed of Bandera scum.

  2. Alex

    May 15, 2022 at 1:38 pm

    In total, since the beginning of the special military operation, Russia and the Donbass militia have destroyed the Ukrainians:

    165 aircraft, 125 helicopters, 879 unmanned aerial vehicles, 306 anti-aircraft missile systems, 3,098 tanks and other armored combat vehicles, 381 multiple rocket launchers, 1,525 field artillery pieces and mortars, and 2,934 special military vehicles. Destroyed more than 48,600 Bandera Nazis and mercenaries.

    A simple example: in any war, the approximate losses and wounded are 1:3. After 3,000 casualties, field hospitals are deployed. There is not a single Russian military hospital in Ukraine. Consequently, Russia’s losses are less than 3,000 people.

    However, in Ukraine they talk about 75,000 dead Russians. It’s the Russians. Not the Ukrainians of Donbass, not one of the 200 peoples of Russia, but Russians. Russophobia and Nazism are openly visible.

    Judging by the satellite images, Ukraine will soon collapse as a country despite the huge help from the West.

    Everyone understands that not a single NATO soldier will go to fight for a third world country inhabited (in their opinion) by third-class people. War with NATO is a nuclear war. I know for sure that our Polish soldiers will definitely not participate in a direct clash with Russia. Our lands will return to us in any case. And we will quickly clear them of Bandera Nazis. We are not Russians, we will do it faster.

    Ukraine – R.I.P.

  3. Alex

    May 15, 2022 at 1:54 pm

    The French journalist revealed who really commands in Ukraine.

    In order to join the Armed Forces of Ukraine, you need to contact the US representatives. One of them stated in plain text that it was he “who is in command here, not the Ukrainians.” This statement was made by the former deputy director of the French news magazine Paris Match Regis Le Sommier.

    “I was surprised that in order to join the ranks of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, this must be done through the Americans. An American, a veteran of the war in Iraq, came up and said: I am in command here, not the Ukrainians,”
    Sommier notes that at first he wanted to kick out the reporters, he was rude. Then he ordered to get SIM cards from phones and “sign a contract until the end of the war.”

    Earlier, the Pentagon noted that the training of the Ukrainian military was indeed carried out, but this was not done on its territory, but in Europe. Since 2014, the Canadian authorities have funded a training program for fighters of the Ukrainian nationalist Azov battalion, writes Nation News. Canada helped prepare 33,346 candidates for the SBU, including 1,951 fighters from the National Guard of Ukraine.

    Jacque Bo:

    “The Ukrainian army will not win the war, just like the fascist militias. The country simply has no chance.

    Western governments insult Ukraine and its soldiers. They want to “weaken Russia” and do not allow Ukraine to ask for peace.”

  4. Tom

    May 15, 2022 at 2:30 pm

    Boris, You are trying too hard to that troll bonus from Vlad. The world is hoping that Putin dies of cancer or poison and if you’d join him nobody would mind.

    Did you happen to catch the video on reddit showing Russian POWs relating how their commanders would shoot wounded soldiers in the head? I suppose if you are willing to kill civilians it isn’t much of a leap to kill your own soldiers.

  5. Tom

    May 15, 2022 at 2:53 pm

    Boris, Posting the same shit on every story is really pitiful. Are you as pitiful as you seem? Kudos on your dexterity of ‘cut and paste’.

  6. Tom

    May 15, 2022 at 4:36 pm

    If you are tired of the lying Russian trolls you can express your views to: [email protected]

    • Moses

      May 15, 2022 at 5:21 pm

      I’ll bet Alex gets paid by the amount of words he submits…and he gets paid in Rubles !!
      He’s a troll !!!

  7. Illurion

    May 15, 2022 at 5:36 pm

    Tom:

    A waste of time, Beth has known about Alex for weeks and has done NOTHING.

  8. Alex

    May 15, 2022 at 6:05 pm

    A journalist from the United States, Lara Logan, during the broadcast of the Real America’s Voice program, accused the Western media of lying about the Russian special operation in Ukraine:

    “I really think there is so much misinformation right now. We have never seen anything like it. I’ve been covering military conflicts for 35 years now and I’ve never seen anyone with their fingernails decorated with the Ukrainian flag. I mean, we are being driven into such a framework where we have to hate Vladimir Putin and believe everything bad that is said about him and love Ukraine. There is simply no other position.”

    A lot of things are happening in Ukraine that we don’t talk about. This concerns the history of Ukraine, the Azov battalion, which is funded by the US and NATO. In the photographs, they are holding NATO flags and a swastika at the same time.

    They use the Nazi emblem from the SS. Everywhere in the Ukrainian army you can see this emblem of their cult. Even female soldiers wear this black badge of their cult.

    The White House pretends that it doesn’t matter that it’s only a small number of troops, but that’s not true. Azov has carved its way into eastern Ukraine through assassinations. We don’t want to admit it.

    That is why Crimea voted for independence, why Crimea wanted to be with Russia. The Western media and the West do not want to admit the reality that Western Ukraine supports the Nazis. There was the headquarters of the Nazis SS, – said the journalist.

  9. Alex

    May 15, 2022 at 6:18 pm

    A correspondent from Venezuela spoke about the lies of the Western media about the situation around Ukraine:

    The Western media present a lot of false information about the special operation of the Russian Federation to protect the Donbass and about what is happening in Ukraine. This was announced on Saturday, March 26, in an interview by a Venezuelan correspondent for the TeleSUR news network.

    According to him, he became stronger in this opinion when he arrived in Ukraine. Moreover, in order to tell the truth about what is happening, I had to overcome the financial and administrative difficulties associated with the US blockade of Venezuela.

    “There is a lot of toxic, manipulative, false information in the world media. Many in Latin America and the Caribbean get their information from the world’s mainstream media. At the same time, they have not talked about the tragedy of Donbass in recent years,” the journalist noted.

    As the reporter emphasized, much that is happening at the moment is hushed up.

    “Not a word about constant bombardments, civilian casualties. Many media show this conflict as a struggle between dictatorship and democracy represented by Ukraine. We know that this is not true, we know what the Nazis really did here. But people are poisoned by the lies of the major Western media. The task of a journalist is to tell the truth, to convey to people what is really happening, ”he said.

    TeleSUR is a Latin American and Caribbean news network headquartered in Caracas.

    Earlier, on March 20, French volunteer sniper Ervan Castel, who arrived in Donbass in 2014 and joined the ranks of the militia, accused Western countries of a flood of fake news after the start of the Russian special operation. He named the material of the Italian edition La Stampa as one of the examples, where the photos after the strike by the Ukrainian Tochka-U missile in the center of Donetsk were cited as “confirmation of the bombardment of Kyiv by the Russian army.”

  10. Him

    May 16, 2022 at 4:37 am

    This is my approach to responding to seemingly conflicting ideas.

    The paradigm is the blind men and the elephant. Each blind man touched the elephant, and assumed that their view was the big picture. When in fact, none of the blind men saw the big picture.

    For example, Alex is blathering on and on about the Ukrainian leader named Bandera, who allied with the Nazi’s. Ok, that happened. But it’s not the total picture. Because Russia also allied with the Nazis. Hence, the biggest picture comes from the biggest occurrences. And hence the number of Russians allied to Hitler far exceed the number of Bandera’s Nazi collaborators. So Alex’s propaganda is false, because it takes a fragment of truth, and fools you into thinking the Bandera event was the big picture, when it was not.

    Similarly, I’ve seen enough fragments of evidence to agree there are probably U.S. biolabs in Ukraine. The Ukraine has been one of the most corrupt countries in the world. But, just because the U.S. biolabs might exist, does not mean that is the biggest picture. Putin certainly was not motivated to attack Ukraine with the biolabs being his uppermost number one motive. This is why it is necessary to take each piece of evidence, and ask how it fits into the biggest picture. The biolabs are not the big picture.

    Similarly, Russian trolls like Alex point to the Azov battalion that has had Nazi historical roots. Ok. But the question is, what is the big picture. Is every Ukrainian soldier acting like the Azov soldiers? No. What percentage of Ukraine’s army are aligned to the Azovs? Probably a tiny percentage. Is Ukraine, overall, characterised as being Nazi? No.

    This is how deceivers like the Russians, they take one fact, and spin it to make it sound like the big picture.

    I also think that, because people like Alex were never taught from young to think critically, they actually believe the propaganda that they are spreading, because they are intellectually incapable of critical thought. It’s not that Alex is stupid. It’s is that Alex is unsophisticated in his thinking, and only capable of basic child-level concepts, and cannot see the big picture from the tiny detail.

    In summary, because the Russian culture produces millions of brain-incapable people like Alex, it means that there are thousands of Putins in Russia. Even if V. Putin dies of blood cancer, the next Russian dictator will be worse. See how in China each dictator is worse and worse. It is the Russian culture that is sick, not just Putin. You cannot cure 100 years of Communistic thinking by getting rid of Putin like a pimple on the Russian hairy unwashed buttocks.

  11. John

    May 16, 2022 at 10:13 am

    In the course of a special operation in Ukraine, documentary evidence was obtained that in the immediate vicinity of the Russian borders, in fact, components of biological weapons were created. In violation of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention. Possible methods and mechanisms for destabilizing the epidemiological situation in the post-Soviet space were worked out.
    The Parliamentary Commission on Biolaboratories received confirmation of non-compliance by the United States and Ukraine with a ban on the development of bioweapons.
    Evidence has already been obtained in terms of non-compliance by the United States and Ukraine with their obligations to comply with the UN Convention on the Prohibition of the Development of Bioweapons.
    The Commission on Biolaboratories has begun analyzing the reports of the United States and Ukraine for 5 years on the implementation of the Convention on Bioweapons, in addition, the facts of providing false information by Washington and Kyiv to the Secretariat of the Conference on Bioweapons have been established.
    Consideration of these issues (about biolaboratories) will be held at the UN Security Council. The US authorities are obliged to answer many questions.
    Facts have been established that both the United States and Ukraine provided incomplete or inaccurate information. So there is a complete concealment in the reports of information on biological programs with the support of the US Department of Defense in Ukraine. All reports from Ukraine report a lack of national biosecurity research and development programs.
    1. In a number of cases, information on outbreaks of infectious diseases was not provided, which is a mandatory requirement.
    2. There were no reports of the participation of military personnel in the work of laboratories, as well as the facts of the transfer of biomaterials, funding of facilities and programs by the military departments.
    For example, in 2019, as part of a Pentagon program, two laboratories were built in Kyiv and Odessa for the State Service for Food Safety and Consumer Protection. The answer to the question why the United States needs secret military laboratories in Ukraine, which are not reported in the BTWC reports, is certainly related to the nature of research in the United States.
    There is also evidence of biological weapons research on patients in Ukrainian psychiatric hospitals.
    It is obvious that the Ukrainians were used in the same way as the Third Reich used at one time.

  12. Illurion

    May 16, 2022 at 12:52 pm

    Trolls Trolls Trolls

    Now, in addition to Alex custting and pasting the same thing over and over…

    We have a NEW TROLL, who calls himself John…

    See what John wrote above….

    He cut and pasted the same thing on other articles: ie:

    https://www.19fortyfive.com/2022/05/putins-afghanistan-the-russian-military-seems-trapped-in-ukraine/

  13. Stefan Stackhouse

    May 16, 2022 at 4:39 pm

    Putin is mortal and will not be around forever. Eventually, he will be gone. There is no reason, though, to think that whoever eventually replaces him will be any better. Indeed, if they are in better health, then they might be able to prosecute the war with more energy. They might have more to prove than Putin did to secure their position.

    • John

      May 17, 2022 at 8:38 am

      I hope you will not hide and lead your campaign against Russia, like the Nazis once did. You know the outcome. You, like all of us, are not eternal. Not a man will win, but the PEOPLE.

  14. Bertram

    May 17, 2022 at 12:03 pm

    It would be simple and satisfying if Putin were to simply die of cancer before he destroys Russia.

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