If Putin is removed from power, he most likely will be replaced by another rabid Russian nationalist who will continue to wage war against Ukraine and the West. Basically, there are no remaining moderates at the top of the "Russian Empire". \n\nThe only difference will be in strategic vision.\n\nCuriously, there has been an epidemic of suspicious deaths of Oligarchs in the past 6 months. Some speculate that there is an FSB-GRU power struggle inside the Kremlin. This represents competing political factions inside Russia.