One of Russia’s key figures dubbed “Putin’s Brain” has called for President Vladimir Putin to be toppled and hinted he should even be killed after Moscow’s humiliating defeat in Kherson.
Ultra-right-wing nationalist Alexander Dugin has become the first major Russian to break silence over growing disgust at Putin’s failed Ukraine invasion.
But worryingly, the 60-year-old fascist strategist is thought to be part of a growing body of Moscow elite calling for Putin to escalate in Ukraine and sees Kherson as a massive blow to Russian pride.
Soon after he posted his outburst on Telegram, furious over the Kherson retreat and fears of many Russians killed there, his tirade against Putin was removed.
But the Mirror can reveal the long-haired philosopher and Ukraine invasion hawk quoted from a story of the Golden Bough by James Frazer in which a king is killed.
The king was killed in the fictional story because he failed to bring rain during a drought and has his stomach ripped open.
In his angry rant, Dugin wrote: “We give the Ruler absolute fullness of power, and he saves us all, the people, the state, people, citizens, at a critical moment.
“If for this he surrounds himself with s*** or spits on social justice, this is unpleasant, but if only he saves.
“Then – the fate of the ‘king of the rains’.”
Dugin, talking about the situation in Ukraine wrote that every ”real Russian” should now grieve and ”clench his teeth in pain” because of the current situation.
He went on to explain that Russia has “surrendered Kherson” and that if civilians are not upset over Kherson “They are not Russian.”
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