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 Russian security services launch fight for power, - Stratfor

The report "Russia's President Fights to Keep Control" by the U.S. Stratfor analytical center points out that factors such as economic recession, Western sanctions, armed conflicts in Ukraine and Syria, and Russia's upcoming parliamentary elections trigger conflicts within Russian security services as well as Vladimir Putin's inner circle.

Censor.NET reports citing the report by Stratfor.

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Experts believe one common theme is emerging: There is a grab underway by the Federal Security Service (FSB) to control Russia's financial flows and assets. The leading role here is after one of the FSB's most powerful leaders Igor Sechin, who is more and more at odds with Putin.

Stratfor recalls that on July 28, Putin unexpectedly launched his largest reorganization of Russia's regional leadership in the past decade, sanctioning 13 resignations and nine new appointments. While the purpose of these events remains unclear, there are many indications that the FSB elite is consolidating both from within and beyond. This may come as a serious problem for President Putin who seems to be losing confidence in his employees, the analysts argue.

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Finally, Stratfor quotes opposition heavyweight Roman Dobrokhotov's last week tweet: "Cops are afraid of the prosecutors, prosecutors are afraid of the Investigative Committee, Investigative Committee is afraid of the FSB, FSB is afraid of Kadyrov, Kadyrov is afraid of Putin, and Putin is afraid of everybody."
 
 
 
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