In the last few hours, various media have revealed the plans that the Russian dictator would have to escape to other countries if the Russian invasion of Ukraine fails.
A plan leaked by a former member of Putin's team and published by a Russian media
This plan was published yesterday by the Russian digital newspaper The Moscow Times, after which the Polish online newspaper DoRzeczy and the US media Newsweek reported it. The information was released by Abbas Gallyamov, a former speechwriter for Vladimir Putin, via his Telegram channel on the night of December 6. The escape project would be called "Noah's Ark" and has contemplated several countries where Putin could seek refuge if his aggression against Ukraine fails and he is ousted from power.
The escape plan has been dubbed 'Noah's Ark'
Gallyamov claims that this information was provided to him by a trusted source that he does not reveal, so this story must be treated with caution: "starting in the spring, Putin's Politburo began working on a project under the unofficial name of Noah's Ark. As the name implies, it's about finding new lands that you can go to in case it becomes completely uncomfortable in your homeland. The entourage of the leader does not exclude that he will lose the war, lose power and have to urgently evacuate somewhere."
China was considered the initial destination of Putin's flight
Reporting on his Telegram channel, Gallyamov notes that China "was considered the main platform, but potential emigrants were quickly disappointed by the prospects for cooperation with it. The Chinese are too timid and look down on others, especially losers. Hope, as it has now become clear, is not enough for them."
Now the Kremlin considers other options such as Argentina and Venezuela
Once China has been ruled out as the destination for Putin's possible escape, "Argentina and Venezuela are being considered as a promising platform. I don't know any details about the first, but the project to move to the second it is supervised by Sechin", a reference to Igor Sechin, CEO of state oil company Rosneft and considered Putin's right-hand man. "He has a good personal relationship with Maduro", Gallyamov says , so the greatest expectations of Putin's flight would now pass through the Venezuelan dictatorship.
Gallyamov points out that Yury Kurilin, vice president and chief of staff of the Russian energy company Rosneft, "is directly involved in the work on the site; a person who, until recently, he was in charge of the company apparatus. In the summer, he formally resigned from that position and now dedicates himself entirely to 'Noah's Ark.' He has US citizenship and is well connected. graduated from Hayward University in California, worked in BP structures, including in the top position of director of corporate affairs."
Gallyamov adds: "Unfortunately, my source does not know more details, however, what has been said is enough to understand: when they say that "everything is going according to plan", it makes sense to clarify what. Sounds like they have more than one plan."
DoRzeczy points out the distance between Maduro and Putin
About this information and about the possibility of a successful flight by Putin to Venezuela, the Polish outlet DoRzeczy notes that "Maduro's own position remains unclear. Previously dependent on billion-dollar Russian influence, Venezuela's president distanced himself from Putin after Ukraine's blitzkrieg plans failed."
The Polish newspaper notes that Maduro's messages supporting Russia stopped after Russian troops had to withdraw from kyiv. "In November, Maduro resumed negotiations with the opposition and, according to Bloomberg, intends to seek relief from US sanctions, including unfreezing some of the country's central bank reserves. country to finance the health system and energy infrastructure."
In turn, Newsweek has pointed out that Kurilin is still listed as Rosneft's vice president and chief of staff on sites including the Wall Street Journal's company profile page. Newsweek unsuccessfully contacted Rosneft and the Russian Foreign Ministry for comment on that information.
Photo: Mikhail Svetlov.
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