Batsman asked Felshtinsky what, in his opinion, is currently happening in the Kremlin offices, "what are the moods there."
“So we believe that there is, as it were, Putin and that he may have some kind of opposition, some people who are dissatisfied with what he is doing. In 2000, when Putin came to power as a representative of the special services, they selected only ... Putins to lead the country, ”the historian replied. – Just imagine that there are a thousand people around him who make decisions of different levels. And all these thousand people are Putins. There is no disagreement."
According to Felshtinsky, Putin wants to take Ukraine, Moldova, Belarus and the Baltics, and Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia to leave NATO. At the same time, Putin does not have the strength to seize Ukraine, but he has enough strength to start a war in Moldova, the historian believes.
Putin has served as president of Russia since 2000, with a break in 2008-2012, when he was head of government. In 2020, the Russian constitution was amended to allow Putin to run again for the post of head of the Kremlin in 2024.
On February 24 of this year, Putin announced the invasion of Russian troops into Ukraine. He said that the goal of the war is "the demilitarization and denazification of Ukraine." The Pentagon said that Putin expected to capture Kyiv in a few days, but he miscalculated.