Russian Media: Putin Dismissed the "General of Armageddon"

Recent reports indicate a significant shift in the Russian military hierarchy.

by Faruk Imamovic
Russian Media: Putin Dismissed the "General of Armageddon"
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Recent reports indicate a significant shift in the Russian military hierarchy. Alexey Venediktov, a seasoned journalist and former head of the Echo of Moscow radio station, recently announced the removal of General Sergei Surovikin from his prestigious position as the commander-in-chief of the Russian Air Force.

This information suggests that the directive for the general's dismissal came from none other than Russian President Vladimir Putin. Ksenija Sobcak, another renowned journalist, has further illuminated the topic, stating that an official decree was passed regarding the dismissal on August 18.

Yet, many mysteries shroud this abrupt change in command. While Venediktov has pointed out that Surovikin remains within the folds of the Ministry of Defense, no official confirmation backs this assertion.

Speculations and Tensions

There's no shortage of speculation regarding the general's sudden fall from grace.

The Russian media group RBK reported that an inside source from the Ministry of Defense confirmed Surovikin's removal. The same source suggests that the general is "currently on short leave," adding to the murkiness surrounding his present status.

His public absence since the failed rebellion against the Kremlin, led by Wagner founder Yevgeny Prigozhin on June 23 and 24, has only fueled further rumors. Ukrainian military intelligence spokesman Andriy Yusov even hinted at an internal political struggle among the Russian elite, a direct aftermath of the Wagner rebellion, resulting in Surovikin's loss of command.

One particularly alarming speculation from various media outlets is Surovikin's purported arrest. This theory posits that he had sided with Prigozhin during the rebellion and was subsequently detained for interrogation by Russian security services.

Yet, Moscow remains tight-lipped, with State Duma Deputy Andrei Kartapolov ambiguously stating that the general was merely "resting."

Reputation on the International Stage

The sudden dismissal of a man known as "General Armageddon" by the Russian press will surely ripple through the corridors of global power.

The general's moniker stems from his notoriously aggressive tactics in the Syrian conflict. Such tactics earned him enough respect, or perhaps fear, to be appointed the commander of Russian forces in Ukraine. The UK Ministry of Defense has already expressed concerns over the potential for rising tensions within the Russian military leadership due to Surovikin's popularity among the troops.