Insider spoke to experts on authoritarian regimes in March, who said that a coup against Putin was possible but noted that the Russian leader had spent decades devising mechanisms to shield himself from an unceremonious removal.

Joshua Zitser is a Senior News Reporter at Insider’s London office, where this first appeared. His writing has also appeared in The Times, The Telegraph, The Spectator, Independent, WIRED, and more. Joshua’s podcast documentary, “Handed Down: A Look Into Transgenerational Trauma,” was nominated for a Mind Media Award and an IRN Award. He was previously Weekend Editor at LBC (Digital).