Putin Is Prepared To Sacrifice Hundreds of Thousands of Russian Troops In Order To Avoid a Coup

Adebayo Adeniran
3 min readMay 1, 2022

The mind of an autocrat

The young Russian soldier by Lysander Yuen via Unsplash

That Vladimir Putin’s position has become increasingly precarious is a well known fact. That his health isn’t what it used to be isn’t in dispute in any way, shape or form; this is evinced by his puffed up face and his shaky hands at the orthodox church last week.

That the Russian economy has taken a bit of a pounding in recent months is clear for all observers to see — amateur or experienced.

Something that hasn’t also been in dispute is the extraordinary incompetence of the Russian military in its prosecution of the war, thus far.

A few days ago, the Ukrainian army intercepted a crucial piece of Russian Intel, which disclosed that over 25,000 service men had died since the invasion began in February.

You can be rest assured that the Russian public have no idea of the exact number of its dead soldiers, owing to its government’s policy of misinformation, which is a huge advantage for the murderous autocrat.

Why is this the case?

There is every chance that knowledge of the extent to which Russia has failed in Ukraine can lead to an insurrection of sorts or at worst, a military coup which will bring an end to one of the very worst dictators in recent times.

And this is precisely why Vladimir Putin has no qualms in sending the very best Russian generals to Ukraine to die, while working to ensure that the threat of a military coup comes to nought.

By distracting his most senior military officials with the war and suppressing the veracity of Russia’s difficulties in Ukraine to the wider public, our man consolidates his grip on power.

In a perverse kind of way, it is somewhat similar to King David’s actions in the old testament, when he sent Uriah the Hittite, Bathsheba’s husband to the front line of the war with his neighbours.

King David knew full well that Uriah would be killed but all that mattered to him was to lay his hands on another man’s wife.

And it goes without saying that hundreds of thousands of young Russians and there’s every chance that the number could…

Adebayo Adeniran

A lifelong bibliophile, who seeks to unleash his energy on as many subjects as possible