/ 14 May 2024

Spring cleaning the Kremlin

Image source: Getty
Image source: Getty

Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered a surprise restructuring of his military command for the first time since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Putin’s longtime ally/Defence Minister of 12 years Sergei Shoigu has been removed – he will now lead Russia’s security council in a move commentators say is a significant demotion. Former Deputy PM/economist Andrei Belousov – a civilian – will now lead the country’s military. Shoigu has been criticised for Russia’s setbacks in the costly war (including the deaths of at least 50,000 Russian fighters), the response to former mercenary leader Yevgeny Prigozhin’s attempted uprising last year, and a recent corruption scandal. In Ukraine, President Volodymyr Zelensky has also had a reshuffle – he’s fired the chief of the State Guard Service after 2 members plotted an assassination attempt.

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