Posted BY: Monica Showalter
Is somebody new going to fall out of a window in Moscow?
Seems the czar of Russia is not well regarded by the boyars he holds in his closest circle, and now the entire world now knows about it.
That’s what we read in the Daily Mail:
Moscow’s high society has been rocked by a scandal after a pair of prominent Vladimir Putin cronies were allegedly heard insulting the Russian despot.
Oligarch and former Russian senator Farkhad Akhmedov and high-profile Moscow music producer Iosif Prigozhin, both supposedly supporters of Putin, have been accused of calling him ‘Satan’ and a ‘dwarf’.
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An audio recording of what is reportedly a 35-minute phone call between the wealthy pair was shared by Ukraine’s Channel Five and quickly jumped on by other outlets – as well as Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB).
In the audio clip, the pair are heard eviscerating Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, slamming his Kremlin entourage over their failings, and even insulting his height.
Any public criticism of Putin in Russia is rare – not least among those who have benefited most from his consolidation of power. Those found guilty of insulting the Russian state, its army, or Putin himself face fines and even jail time.