Russian chess grandmaster and Putin critic Garry Kasparov described ‘right conditions’ for Putin to be unseated in ‘palace move’

Russian President Vladimir Putin can be unseated under the “right conditions” if the right “order of moves” is made, says chess grandmaster and Putin critic Garry Kasparov.MIKHAIL KLIMENTYEV/SPUTNIK/AFP via Getty Images

  • A Russian chess grandmaster has set the terms for the ousting of Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

  • Garry Kasparov said Putin’s inner circle could be looking for a “scapegoat” if Russia’s losses in Ukraine start to mount.

  • “He is still a dictator who should be blamed for all failures,” Kasparov said.

Garry Kasparova famous chess grandmaster and outspoken critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, set the conditions necessary for the overthrow of the Russian leader.

During appearance on CNN this week, host Paula Reid asked Kasparov if dissatisfaction with Putin’s leadership could grow in Moscow amid the country’s rise military losses in Ukraine and increasing penalties.

He replied that anti-Kremlin sentiments are likely to increase over time and presented an “order of moves” that could lead to Putin’s downfall.

“First, the Russian public and the Russian elite must recognize that the war is lost,” he said. “The bad news coming out of Ukraine will cause more people to rise up because the economic difficulties will increase.”

“So military defeat in Ukraine, socio-economic revolt, and then you will have the conditions, the right conditions, for a palace coup,” Kasparov added. “Because many in Putin’s inner circle will look for a scapegoat and he is always a dictator who should be blamed for all failures.”

Kasparov noted that, for Putin, failure in the war with Ukraine is not an option. He attributed this to Putin’s desire to project his strength and an “aura of invincibility”, precisely to avoid becoming the target of his “crowded minions” and the “angry mob” of Russian citizens.

“For a lifelong dictator, losing a war is devastating,” Kasparov said. “It’s a matter of political survival and, in many cases, physical survival. That’s why he has to pretend to win the war.”

Russia is now entering another phase of the war, in what should be an attritional conflict in the Donbass region.

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