Call For Putin To Be Replaced On State TV For First Time Since War 

Call For Putin To Be Replaced On State TV For First Time Since War 

An opposition politician called for Vladimir Putin to be replaced as president live on Russian state TV, in a bold move British intelligence thinks is a first.

While Russia is, in theory, a democratic state, President Putin has an exceptionally tight grip on the country, leading it to be widely regarded as a dictatorship after more than 20 years of his rule.

Having championed the invasion of Ukraine himself, though, there appear to be flickers of dissent forming – especially as Russia is far from winning the war.

And, as recounted by the UK’s Ministry of Defence, an opposition politician just went even further and called for a new president to be elected during the country’s presidential election next year – while appearing as a guest on Russian state TV, the NTV channel on May 27.

The MoD claimed: “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.”

Nadezhdin is a Moscow municipal deputy and was an ally of the murdered opposition leader Boris Nemtsov. He has been a regular on Russian state TV, and said only in January that the war was a “senseless situation”.

While criticism of the war itself has been ramping up in recent months, most have steered clear of attacking the president, instead blaming the army or the Russian defence ministry.

But clips of Nadezhdin’s appearance on NTV have been shared on Twitter, showing how he called for a new government to rebuild a relationship with Europe.

According to translations online and shared by Newsweek, he said: “We need to choose somebody else, and not Putin. Everything will be good then.”

The clip was also shared by the Ukrainian internal affairs adviser Anton Gerashchenko, who said: “For the first time on Russian TV, propagandists said that Putin and the country’s leadership must resign and others need to be elected.”

Explaining the significance of the politician’s public outburst, British intelligence also alleged: “In the last 15 months, Russia has introduced limitations on freedom of speech which haven’t been seen since Soviet times.”

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