The politician believes that Putin has had no control over the situation for a long time, Joinfo.ua reports with reference to Voice of America. "He balances between different clans he has spawned. Now he is shocked by the situation when different people, who were allegedly loyal to him, act on their own and set him up," said the politician.
He believes that the country has two groups, on the one hand – the union of the Federal Security Service and the GRU (Main Intelligence Directorate), the military and security officers, and on the other hand – a situational alliance of Federal Protective Service and Surkov. "Backstage confrontation came to the surface after the murder of Nemtsov and sudden disappearance of the Russian president," said Ponomarev.
The MP suggested that in Russia there was a major conflict between various clans in the security system. According to the politician, although there are many factions in the Kremlin, there are no supporters of Ukraine among them. Ponomarev believes that the following actions of the Kremlin will depend on whether anti-Ukrainian war or anti-Ukrainian peace group will prevail.
"Russia's strategy is an endless support of instability in Ukraine, in an effort to make the Ukrainian people overthrow their government. Unfortunately, your government gives many reasons to make it happen. And, in particular, the murder of Nemtsov is a reflection of the Moscow struggle between the party of anti-Ukrainian peace and the party of anti-Ukrainian war. The party of anti-Ukrainian peace says "do not touch them, they will fall themselves." The party of anti-Ukrainian war says "let's get Mariupol and move the troops forward." So far, the party of anti-Ukrainian peace was winning. The murder of Nemtsov was an attempt of the party of war to win the leadership. Now there is a delicate balance," said Ponomarev.