(RoyalPatriot.com )- Russian President Vladimir Putin’s troops are struggling to hold the small territory they’ve captured in Ukraine since the incursion began more than 200 days ago. Foreign policy experts say they’re not surprised that a growing number of Russian officials are calling for Putin’s ouster.
But they warn against expecting a Moscow mutiny any time soon.
According to reports, more than 30 Russian local officials risked jail terms to demand the resignation of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The petition, uploaded by Xenia Torstrem, a municipal deputy in St. Petersburg’s Semyonovsky District, denounced Putin’s almost seven-month invasion of Ukraine.
The petition stated that as municipal representatives of Russia, they believed President Vladimir Putin’s actions undermined the future of Russia and its population. They demanded Vladimir Putin’s resignation as President of the Russian Federation.
Reports show The petition was primarily signed by municipal legislators from Moscow and St. Petersburg, although city authorities from Samara and Yakutsk also signed. Eighty-four more signatures have been added to the petition, but they are still being validated.
The petition, a rare criticism of Russia’s leader, put the MPs in danger of jail time owing to a provision that makes disseminating “fake news” about the invasion illegal. Offenders might spend up to 15 years in jail. Putin is well-known for silencing his opponents, as seen by the prosecution of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who was sentenced to nine years in a prison colony earlier this year.
Recently, Dmitry Palyuga, a lawmaker from St. Petersburg’s Smolninskoye District, called on the Kremlin’s State Duma to trial Putin on treason charges related to the invasion. According to reports, Palyuga was detained last week, but he has since been freed.
Earlier this month, Russia conducted its first election since the start of the war. While the Kremlin won a sweeping victory in the election, opponents have accused the Kremlin of fraud and vote manipulation, according to a Golos Movement study.
The Study’s findings seem very similar to our election ‘irregularities.’