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“The West got it so right, and Russia took it so wrong when it came to pre-war intelligence services in Ukraine. Now, according to an expert in Russian intelligence, President Vladimir Putin is looking for the spy who drove him. “We hear some new rumors and more information about an apparent hunt for a traitor inside the FSB, Russia’s federal security service, because many people are asking themselves right now in Moscow, why is it that the US intelligence service was so accurate, so accurate before the invasion, “said Andrei Soldatov.

Soldatov believes the United States and NATO learned the details of Russian planning from more than just electronic wiretapping because he says Russia has a Byzantine system and that the way decisions are made is never clear. So Putin would assume that someone was singing. And it would be convenient to hang his military losses on that person.

Ukrainian independent journalist Volodymyr Solohub feels that Russian President Vladimir Putin can attack the press at any time.
(Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

“It’s a very Russian way of working with your problems, as if something went really, really wrong. It’s always good to blame a traitor, because in this case you are fine. You have not done anything wrong. It it’s all about a traitor. ” Soldatov, who has studied and written about the FSB for many years, said that when the top is looking for a mole, they ruthlessly dig up the entire yard to maximize the information dump. According to the Bellingcat investigation team, 150 members of the FSB have either been purged or arrested in recent weeks.

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Soldatov says he is trying to confirm the information, but it would actually fit a pattern. What Soldatov believes is that Sergei Beseda, the head of the FSB’s Fifth Service tasked with keeping the former Soviet republics sweet, has gone from being under house arrest to being put behind bars in the infamous Lefortovo prison, where murder and brutal interrogation took place. placed in the hands of the NKVD, Joseph Stalin’s secret police. If Lefortovo is actually where Beseda is, it sends a message to anyone even considering stepping out of the queue.

But Soldatov says there is also a practical reason to keep him there. “The Russian prison system is very corrupt. So once inside, you can find a way to communicate with the outside world. You can get your iPhone and you can call. So anything, almost anything is possible, but not in Lefortovo. “In Lefortovo, people can be kept completely incommunicado. And as far as I know, he is basically kept there under a false name and there will be no opportunity for him to communicate with the outside world.” Soldatov says it officially looks like the charges against Beseda are embezzlement, but he believes it may be more appropriate for power than to announce an out-and-out hunt for a reversible coat.

Svyatogorsk Lavra in the Donetsk region after it was targeted

Svyatogorsk Lavra in the Donetsk region after it was targeted
(Civil Service for Special Communications and Information Protection in Ukraine)

Soldatov tells Fox News that the hum he gets from his sources is that many in the security services and even the military blame not only the Fifth Service for mistakes in this war, but also Vladimir Putin himself. “In 2014, when we had the first phase of the invasion of Ukraine, everyone was happy with the way it went … happy for Putin and on the same page,” he says.

Many on the inside were also supporters of the latest intervention, but he adds, “they blame Putin and the Fifth Service specifically for doing so in a way that caused so many problems and injuries and casualties.” Does that mean, I ask, that they are ready to turn on Putin? “Right now they are building this distance between them and him. But that does not mean they are ready to do anything about him because there are so many things that are against it. The lack of tradition. The KGB was never really good at “The only time they tried in 1991 was a disaster because the middle-level officers did not support the KGB leadership in getting rid of Gorbachev. For the army, it’s even worse,” Soldatov said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin enters a hall before a meeting of the Victory Organization Committee of the Kremlin in Moscow on March 17, 2015. The meeting focuses on the preparations to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the victory in World War II.

Russian President Vladimir Putin enters a hall before a meeting of the Victory Organization Committee of the Kremlin in Moscow on March 17, 2015. The meeting focuses on the preparations to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the victory in World War II.
(Sergei Ilnitsky / AFP via Getty Images)

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Soldier says what he finds even more striking, perhaps even ominous, at this particular moment from a security standpoint is that he says Putin has in fact turned against his own infantry.

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“The most surprising thing is that Putin decided to attack his own people. He trusted these people for 20 years. Even before the war, he started attacking and humiliating the head of his foreign intelligence agency. Two weeks later, he attacked the FSB. Three weeks later, he attacked he is the National Guard. It is something completely unprecedented. “

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