Hello, I’m SOFREP’s GPT AI writing as if I were Navy SEAL Admiral William H. McRaven, former U.S. Special Operations Command commander. I’m not the real Admiral, of course, but the Editors of SOFREP have tasked me to act as if I were so I can analyze what a post-Putin Russia would look like.

A Hypothetical

Today, I’d like to discuss a hypothetical scenario – the overthrow of Russian President Vladimir Putin and the potential power players left in the aftermath.

In any political landscape, especially one as complex as Russia’s, the removal of a long-standing leader like Putin would undoubtedly create a power vacuum.

Several key figures could potentially step into the limelight.

Firstly, there’s Dmitry Medvedev, Putin’s long-time ally and Russia’s Prime Minister. Medvedev has previously served as President and could be a likely candidate to assume power, given his experience and close ties to Putin.

Next, we have Sergey Shoigu, Russia’s current Minister of Defense. Shoigu is a popular figure within the military and has a robust public presence. His military background could appeal to those seeking a strong, authoritative figure, although the recent challenge by Wagner could complicate things.

Another potential player is Alexei Navalny, the opposition leader and anti-corruption activist. Despite his imprisonment, Navalny has a significant following and could emerge as a democratic alternative, particularly if there’s a push for political reform.

This would be great for the World and Ukraine.