Igor (Strelkov) Girkin, the Russian paramilitary officer who shot down a Malaysian civilian airliner killing all its 298 passengers, has just released a statement where he insulted President Putin by describing him as a child as distinct from an old and wise man.
This is the first time since the war that a high-profile military figure in Russia fighting with the Russian forces has insulted President Putin. Girkin has previously announced that he is entering politics. Wagner Group commander Yevgeny Prigozhin is already conducting his own political campaign and has accused the Russian Defense Minister and top generals of treason and criminal negligence even asking for their execution, however Prigozhin has so far refrained from making any critical statements on the Russian President.
Terrorist Girkin-Strelkov: Russia has no chance to win, Putin and the higher ranks of Russian leadership are delusional. Russia lost all initiative on the frontlines. pic.twitter.com/qX7UjNuPEJ
— Anton Gerashchenko (@Gerashchenko_en) June 20, 2023