Could Vladimir Putin Be Overthrown by His Own People?

Author: Brendan Cole | Newsweek

Ukraine may be battling for its sovereignty, but could Russian President Vladimir Putin be fighting for his presidency if the invasion he declared goes badly for him?

Senator Lindsey Graham invoked the downfall of Julius Caesar in calling for the Russian leader's assassination. "Is there a Brutus in Russia?" he said in a tweet which sparked condemnation from both Republicans and Democrats.

Away from any extra-judicial solution to Putin's aggression, tough Western sanctions and Moscow's failure to force a quick capitulation from Kyiv add to speculation over whether the Russian president faces as much of an existential battle as the country he invaded.

Fiona Hill, an ex-adviser on Russia to three U.S. presidents, seemed to think so.

 

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