The secret service official denied that the Russian armed forces were often said to be strong. “It’s a myth.” They are not strong. “It’s just a horde of people with guns,” he said of the Russian army.
Budanov also expected major changes in the Kremlin. In his view, a coup against Russian President Vladimir Putin is already underway. “They are moving towards it, nothing is going to stop them.” In addition, Putin was seriously ill with cancer, he claimed. He did not provide evidence for his claims.