Ruthless ex-KGB spy tipped by spooks to take over if Putin is toppled by Kremlin
Top Putin sidekick Alexander Bortnikov, who has fallen out of favour with the Moscow despot over errors in the Ukraine war, is said to be plotting to topple the Russian president
An ex-KGB agent accused of having a hand in the death of a spy on British soil has been tipped to succeed Vladimir Putin if he is toppled.
As the Russian invasion nears the one month mark, the Ukrainian intelligence service claims to have unearthed a plot devised in the upper reaches of Russian society to dethrone the President.
Among the planned conspiracies against Putin are poisoning or an accident, according to Kyiv sources who claim the cell wants to be rid of the Russian leader as soon as possible.
It is believed their preferred replacement is spy master and once top Putin sidekick Alexander Bortnikov, who has fallen out of favour with the Moscow despot over errors in the Ukraine war.
The elite plotters, according to Ukrainian intelligence, picked out the 70-year-old because they believe he could spearhead the restoration of economic ties with the west.
Bortnikov is head of the domestic FSB spy agency and is believed to have a network of insiders working and living within Ukraine, where he oversaw agents for many years.
The Urals-born ruthless career spy has long been one of Putin’s closest aides.
He also heads the FSB’s economic arm, playing a key role in building Russia ’s post Soviet-era growth – while leading counter-intelligence operations to ensure it was not penetrated by western spies.
It seems that Bortnikov is cut from similar cloth to Putin, who spent his early career as a KGB agent in east Germany, learning the arts of espionage and intelligence gathering.
While working his way up through the ranks of the FSB, Bortnikov allegedly put that experience to use when he oversaw the poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko, according to the New York Times.
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