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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

“Unprecedented public flogging”: Shoigu dismissed the leadership of the Baltic fleet for fraud

Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has suspended from duty the entire top of the Baltic fleet, with the words “for serious shortcomings in the organization of combat training… and distortion in the reports of the real state of Affairs”. Under the “distribution” hit fleet commander Vice Admiral Viktor Kravchuk, the chief of staff rear Admiral Sergei Popov and several high-ranking naval officers. The experts tried to explain these personnel decisions.

photo: Natalia Gubernatorova

Such a “public flogging” in the modern Russian army is for the first time.

Of course, I dismissed the Russian commanders before, but the General public had a vague formulation: “in connection with transition to other work, on reaching the age limit in connection with health.

– A very rare case in Russian practice, when a suspended two — the commander and chief of staff, apparently they are very much at fault, – said the military expert Mikhail Khodarenok. – What could be the motive of this decision – we can only guess. The wording, of course, absolutely destructive, in time of war after such language in a penal battalion sent.

According to the expert, conclusions could follow after the test which was conducted on the Baltic fleet in may-June of this year. Possible, violations and false reporting in the Navy “to the top” reported the military counter-intelligence.

Military expert Viktor murakhovski also believes that the decision to dismiss is connected with the audit, which lasted on the Earth for about three weeks.

– During the inspection were serious complaints related to the organization of personnel training, a lot of questions arose for improvement of the base of the Baltic fleet, – said the expert. Instead to solve these issues, the command of the fleet engaged in fraud, and the Minister does not like when he starts to hang noodles on the ears.

Photo courtesy of the press service of the Ministry of defence of the Russian Federation. On the photo: Viktor Kravchuk

Simply put, for example, on paper, for the soldiers had already built a modern barracks with showers and other amenities, but in fact it turns out that all it is — unfinished.

Photo courtesy of the press service of the Western military district. On the photo: Sergey Popov

Murakhovski believes that if the Baltic fleet was the corruption that came to criminal cases. So here we are not talking about theft, but about sloppiness.

The conclusions of this scale of course followed for the first time. Public flogging before the Armed forces were not, and the Minister wants to show that he will not allow additions. For the army it is extremely important, it is a signal – says Murakhovsky. – If the person is engaged in “varnishing” of the situation in peacetime, he can be no trust in a time of war.

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