Russian opposition politicians are overcoming the ban on criticizing Vladimir Putin. This is facilitated by the harsh rhetoric of the National Patriots and Yevgeny Prigozhin.
This was reported by the UK Ministry of Defense on Twitter.
As noted in the report, on 27 May 2023, Russian opposition politician Boris Nadezhdin appeared on Russia’s NTV channel and called for a new president to be elected in 2024, in order to rebuild normal relations with Europe.
According to British intelligence, Nadezhdin has been a vocal critic of the war since the invasion, but this is highly likely the first call for Putin to be replaced on Russian state-approved TV since it began.
"In the last 15 months, Russia has introduced limitations on freedom of speech which haven’t been seen since Soviet times. However, there is a realistic possibility that recent vitriolic rhetoric by nationalist figures such as Wagner Group owner Yevgeny Prigozhin is emboldening opposition figures to challenge taboo topics," the British Ministry of Defense emphasized.
Author – Anastasiya Glotova, 01/06/2023