VLADIMIR Putin’s unshakable fear of being savagely killed like Libyan dictator Colonel Gaddafi was almost realized yesterday when Wagner threatened to tear down his doors.
The already paranoid and insecure Russian tyrant faced a militia army on a bloody march to his doorstep, which may have sparked fears they would bring him the grisly fate he so desperately fears.
Putin’s once undeniable control is stretched at the seams as his troops suffer humiliation on the Ukrainian battlefield.
That fragility was made visible to the whole world on Saturday morning when his old ally and “favorite chef” Yevgeny Prigozhin launched an armed uprising in eastern Russia and vowed to march against Moscow.
Putin vehemently branded the uprising as “mutiny” and “treason” and called for the warlord’s immediate arrest, but the Wagner mercenary persevered and continued his attack, shooting down an Luftwaffe plane and helicopter.
A crouching Putin was forced to close the hatches and move his guards and tanks to defend the capital while his presidential plane was seen fleeing to St. Petersburg.
The Russian leader has faced the biggest challenge to his iron-fist rule since he came to power and took control of the Kremlin more than two decades ago.
The uprising was called off in the evening, but the Putin regime briefly faced collapse.
Pushed into a corner, the Russian leader may have been reminded of the scene that reportedly still haunts him – the public torture, brutalization and execution of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi by a mob.
It’s an event said to have instilled in Putin a deep fear of rebellion and paranoia about his own fate.
It is believed that Vlad saw this as a direct warning shot for his own regime.
All the gruesome final moments of the Libyan dictator’s life were broadcast around the world, which is said to have deeply troubled Vlad.
According to The Atlantic, he “obsessed” with watching the video, sparking years of paranoia that a similar fate would one day befall him.
The NATO-led intervention in Libya laid the groundwork for the violent death of the war criminal, and the Russian despot used it as an important lesson for Western engagement.
Putin furiously condemned the UN’s decision to launch a military operation as a treason, likening the resolution to a “medieval call to the Crusades”.
However, he was forced to look on helplessly and apprehensively from the sidelines after briefly stepping down from president to prime minister between 2008 and 2012.
At a press conference in 2011, Putin even referred directly to the disturbing footage.
“Almost the entire family of Gaddafi was killed, his body was shown on all television channels in the world, it was impossible to watch without disgust.
“The man was covered in blood, he was alive and he was finished.”
What happened to Gaddafi?
COL. Gaddafi’s brutal regime ended on October 20, 2011 when he was cornered by a revolutionary mob.
He was killed in a wild execution by rebels after being found huddled in a rainwater drain in Sirte, Libya.
A chilling video captured the tyrant’s final moments as he was seen covered in blood amidst a crowd of fighters chanting “God is great”.
In the clips, the dictator who committed war crimes and cruelly oppressed his people can be heard begging for mercy and saying, “What you are doing is wrong.”
“What’s up? What’s up? What do you want?” pleaded the bloodied tyrant.
As the confused dictator was captured by the crowd, jeers such as “You dog” and cheers such as “Victory” could be heard.
He was reportedly beaten and tortured by the rebels, including having a knife or a bayonet inserted up his anus.
Then Gaddafi was shot at close range. According to some reports, he was executed with his self-made golden weapon.
His body was put on public display in a freezer so that the populace could have proof that the abominable ruler was dead.
Russian journalist Mikhail Tsygar wrote in his book All The Kremlin’s Men that on the day of Gaddafi’s death, Putin learned a tremendous lesson – weakness and compromise are not an option.
He wrote: “When he [Gaddafi] was a pariah, nobody touched him. But as soon as he opened up, he wasn’t just thrown down, he was killed in the street like a mangy old mutt.
Putin’s enemy Yuri Felshtinsky previously told The Sun Online that Putin is very afraid that if he ever loosens his grip, he will face a similarly bitter end.
“He is smart enough to know that his system of government cannot exist under normal rules. He’s not an idealist,” he said.
The Russian leader spent his two decades in power tightening his iron grip, changing electoral laws and crushing any opposition.
But all of that threatens to be destroyed if Russia plunges into civil war after yesterday’s outbreak of violence and “mutiny”.
Putin emerged weakened and his authority questioned.
Colonel Hamish de Bretton-Gordon told The Sun Online his speech yesterday “sounded like desperation”.
He had previously warned The Sun that he thought warlord Yevgeny Prigozhin could march on Moscow in a “Roman-style” rebellion.
His chilling prediction seemed to come true yesterday when Prigozhin and his group of heavily armed mercenaries got within 125 miles of the capital.
The former British military officer said that for Putin it was “like Caesar getting stabbed in the back by those he thought were fighting for him.”
“We could certainly see Putin’s implosion,” he added. “I think Putin is thinking about his own mortality right now.”
Despite Putin’s attempts to quash the extraordinary coup by branding Wagner’s troops as traitors to their fatherland, a defiant Prigozhin hit back by saying his troops were “patriots”.
“No one will give in to the President’s demands,” he declared, reflecting the revolutionary spirit of the Libyan people’s uprising against Gaddafi.
“We don’t want our country to live more in corruption, lies and bureaucracy,” he complained.
Colonel de Bretton-Gordon added: “Putin’s only hope is to drag things out [crisis] be out for a few weeks and maybe Prigozhin’s protégé take that momentum.”