A Bellingcat expert said a coup would be triggered if one of Putin’s senior officials refused a nuclear attack.


  • Bellingcat expert says Putin will order a nuclear attack and face a coup if he doesn’t follow it.
  • Ignoring his orders would be a sign of disobedience that could lead to “Putin’s death,” he said.
  • Some key Russian officials already believe Putin is losing power, experts said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin will face a coup if one of his senior officials disobeys an order to launch a nuclear strike, according to Bellingcat’s chief Russian investigator Christo Grozev.

In an interview with Radio Liberty, Grosev said a coup would happen if one of the “five hands” needed for Russia’s nuclear launch would ignore Putin. subway News Outlet.

“Because if you refuse to obey the king’s orders, everything will sink very quickly,” he said.

According to Metro, Grozev said Putin may be under pressure from inner circles to escalate its invasion of Ukraine through massive mobilization of troops or even a nuclear attack.

But the Russian leader must first “make sure everyone in the chain will carry out this order,” Grosev reported, before considering approval of such a launch.

According to Metro, investigators said it would be a “sign of disobedience” that could result in “Putin’s death” if a person in the chain of command did not follow suit.

“Therefore, we will not issue this order until we are certain that everyone will comply,” Groseff added.

Investigators said senior officials are likely not to follow such orders because they believe Putin is rapidly losing power and will not rule for three more months.

To launch a nuclear attack, the Russian president must make a decision. The Russian president always has by his side a small briefcase (or “cheget”) that links him to the country’s nuclear weapons. Reuters report Citing the 2020 nuclear policy document.

There is no fire button on the briefcase, but the command is forwarded to the Russian Central Military Command.

Even if Putin decides to launch such an attack, it will also require at least two other high-ranking officials to follow his orders.

According to Multiple information reportsA nuclear attack can only be carried out if the Russian Defense Minister and the Chief of Staff (currently held by Sergei Shoigu and Valery Gerasimov, respectively) authorize the launch with their own code and “Cheget” briefcase.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu (right) and Chief of Staff Valery Gerasimov meet with the Russian President in Moscow on February 27, 2022.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu (right) and Chief of Staff Valery Gerasimov attend a meeting in Moscow, February 27, 2022.

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According to arms control associationRussia claims to have a stockpile of 6,257 nuclear warheads, compared to the US’s estimated 5,500 warheads.

last week, Ukrainian military intelligence chief planned a coup d’etat against Putin It’s ongoing, and the Russian leader is battling cancer. Western intelligence has not publicly confirmed these allegations.

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