Naryshkin “dumping” Putin, seeking rapprochement with West – media
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Chief of Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) Sergei Naryshkin seems to have a feeling that Vladimir Putin, an aging president who has been losing popular support lately, may soon put an end to his political career.
In this light, Naryshkin dreams of becoming Russia’s new leader, and is already making secret steps toward rapprochement with the West, including through worsening Putin’s position by poisoning opposition’s Alexei Navalny, that’s according to Guildhall.
“Now Naryshkin feels that Putin, who has been aging and losing popularity, will soon fall out of the big game. The ‘zeroing’ [of his presidential terms count] and a ‘senator’s seat for life’ was supposed to make him lose his guard before making him a scapegoat, whom the system will blame for all the sins before the people. Putin is just an object of manipulation by the FSB, the GRU, and the SVR,” the report says.
Realizing this, “Naryshkin dreams of becoming Russia’s new leader, and is already making secret steps toward rapprochement with the West, worsening Putin’s position by poisoning Navalny.”
It is also explained that the joint investigation by Russia’s The Insider, Bellingcat, CNN, and Der Spiegel, published on December 14, exposing the names and ranks of FSB special unit’s operatives who had poisoned Navalny with the novichok had produced including with the contribution of Russia’s SVR.
First, immediately after Navalny was admitted to the intensive care unit in a Berlin clinic, CIA and MI6 agents provided the Germans information on those responsible for the poisoning. It can’t be ruled out that the Americans and the Brits had received such information from Oleg Smolenkov, a defector and key ally of Putin’s foreign policy aide Yuri Ushakov.
Both Smolenkov and Ushakov had been promoted up their career ladder by Sergei Naryskin, Russia’s top spook!
Secondly, The Insider project is rather selective in its investigations: it targets either the GRU or the FSB operatives, while turning a blind eye to the SVR, the agency which is also involved in hit jobs on foreign soil. This suggests that The Insider itself is a special project set up with Naryshkin’s participation to gain revenge on competitors from the GRU/FSB and ensure their elimination from the espionage arena.
Thirdly, Naryshkin has taken a pro-active stance in commenting on the Navalny poisoning, while the latter is apparently “tired of laughing” at his statements. This is a fairly non-typical behavior for an intelligence chief. After all, there is a Foreign Ministry’s press service available to address such issues if needed.
Guildhall suggests that Naryshkin went for leaking personal data of Navalny poisoners for a good reason. Allegedly, “the SVR director’s seat has become too small for him so and he thinks of completely different highs. Moreover, the current power transfer conditions allow him to take a big leap.
The least he intends to accomplish is to snatch a seat from Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, following the latter’s failure in the latest Karabakh war, as well as to get from Putin’s hands informal leverage over the security bloc in government.
However, for Naryshkin, this is only a stepping stone to presidency. After all, back in 2006-2007, “many viewed him in all seriousness as Putin’s potential successor, alongside then-Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov and FSB chief Nikolai Patrushev. “
As reported earlier, on December 14, a joint investigation by Bellingcat and The Insider in collaboration with Der Spiegel and CNN revealed that the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) had been involved in the poisoning of a prominent opposition figure Alexei Navalny. The attackers used the Novichok nerve agent.