They claim that Putin is carrying out a “purge” in the Russian Armed Forces

Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered a deep “purge” within the ranks of the country’s Armed Forces, according to experts and former officials. This wave of high-level arrests, apparently motivated by the Kremlin leader’s discontent over military failures in Ukraine and cases of endemic corruption, has shaken the powerful Russian Defense Ministry.

Since Putin dismissed Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu in April, replacing him with economist Andrei Belousov, the Federal Security Service (FSB) has unleashed an unprecedented wave of arrests against deputy ministers, department heads and senior military commanders accused of corruption.

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Shoigu’s departure and protection

According to experts and former officials consulted, this massive purge in the Ministry of Defense would be the result of the loss of the protection that Shoigu provided to his close associates and subordinates, thus allowing the FSB to act with an iron fist against the entrenched corruption in the armed forces.

“At last, the FSB has sunk its teeth into the MoD and the General Staff,” said Captain John Foreman, former UK Defense Attaché in Moscow. “Shoigu and Gerasimov provided a buffer, but now Putin decided he had to do something.”

Among those detained are veteran Deputy Defense Minister Timur Ivanov, accused of bribery, and Vadim Shamarin, head of the communications department of the Russian General Staff, whose arrest could weaken the position of the powerful chief of the General Staff, General Valery Gerasimov.

The future in Ukraine

While the Kremlin has denied it is a “campaign” and has insisted it is “constant work” against corruption, the magnitude and speed of the arrests suggest that Putin has finally lost patience with military setbacks in Ukraine. and entrenched corruption in the armed forces.

A Group of tanks lined up in front of Russian and Ukrainian flags. Several military army war battle tank vehicles on the terrain are ready to attack. Russian-Ukrainian conflict or war

Experts warn that this purge could have profound consequences on the way Russia wages war in Ukraine, as the balance of power appears to tilt towards the Russian security services, while the military is in apparent disarray.

Amid this turbulence, the future of General Gerasimov, Russia’s highest military rank, is also in question. According to Foreman, “the probability that Gerasimov will be removed has increased.”

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