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Friday, May 24, 2024

Vadim Shamarin, deputy chief of the Russian General Staff, has been arrested, local media reported, marking the latest detention of a Russian high-ranking military official in recent weeks.



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"Earlier this month, Yuri Kuznetsov, the head of the Russia's Defense Ministry's personnel department, was detained on suspicion of taking a bribe.

And Major General Ivan Popov, who had headed Russia's 58th Army, was "arrested on suspicion of fraud," Russian state news agency Tass reported on Tuesday.

Shamarin is reported to be a top aide to Russia's top general, Chief of the General Staff Valery Gerasimov."


According to Russia watchers like Inside Russia, the claims of, "fraud, stealing, and bribery" are laughable, as all those things are SOP in the Russian Military.

And Popov is extremely popular with the regular troops, so there could be some reactions to his arrest.

#1 | Posted by Corky at 2024-05-23 12:52 PM | Reply

Trump can't wait to start purging government and military officials.

He's gonna be just like papa Putin.

#2 | Posted by ClownShack at 2024-05-23 01:10 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"Russia's Deputy Chief of the General Staff was arrested today.

3 more Russian generals were arrested today. Belarus' Chief of the General Staff was fired today.

Vladimir Putin flew to Belarus unexpectedly to discuss the situation with Belorussian President Lukashenko. Is an army's mutiny on the way in Russia? "

#3 | Posted by Corky at 2024-05-23 03:28 PM | Reply

Pretty soon the paranoid psycho will realize his fears as all of his top Generals come at him with knives drawn! If omly it could be televised! It would get huge ratings around the workd. And yes absolutely I would watch and laugh as he suffers.

#4 | Posted by danni at 2024-05-24 09:59 AM | Reply

Putin's actions are just like the GQP.
Blame everyone but the Root Cause...

#5 | Posted by earthmuse at 2024-05-24 10:10 AM | Reply

Funny, the guy at the top is the incompetent idiot.

#6 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2024-05-24 10:17 AM | Reply

Fraud? I thought almost all of Putin's "friends" became billionaire oligarchs by plundering the old Soviet Union and taking the people's property for their own?

#7 | Posted by Hughmass at 2024-05-24 11:24 AM | Reply

No comments from our resident Russians as of yet. Huh.

#8 | Posted by dibblda at 2024-05-24 12:57 PM | Reply

One of the reasons Hitler did so well at first when he invaded Russia was because Stalin had removed so many generals because he feared a coup. And many of the mid level officers actually wanted Hitler to win because they despised Stalin. But then when Hitler executed any Russian officer that tried to come to the German side, the Russians fought like crazy. But not for Stalin nor communism but for mother Russia and themselves.

So this purge makes me wonder if there was "coup talk" going on among the elite and Putin is nipping it in the bud.

#9 | Posted by prius04 at 2024-05-24 01:09 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

So this purge makes me wonder if there was "coup talk" going on among the elite and Putin is nipping it in the bud.


It's Russia. There is always "coup talk" coming on there.

It's the only way they can actually get new leadership. Sadly though the new boss is always as bad (or worse) than the old boss.

#10 | Posted by donnerboy at 2024-05-24 02:27 PM | Reply

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