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Thursday, July 11, 2024

Magomed Khandayev, a Russian Defense Ministry official, has died unexpectedly at the age of 61, state-run agencies reported on Tuesday.



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"A number of high-ranking military officials have been arrested since April, including Yuri Kuznetsov, the head of the Russia's Defense Ministry's personnel department.

Meanwhile, Sergei Shoigu was replaced as defense minister after holding the position for 12 years, in a surprise shake-up of the department.

It is the latest in a series of mysterious deaths involving prominent Russian figures since Russian President Vladimir Putin's forces invaded Ukraine in February 2022."


"Sources in the Kremlin government told the publication that the recent push to "clean up" the Defense Ministry was launched by Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) on Putin's orders.

The sources said the FSB aims to shift the blame for failures in the Ukraine war onto the army, and that the security service wants to control the Defense Ministry budgets.

A Kremlin source predicted that hundreds of people within the department would be arrested by the end of the year.

There have been a number of unexplained deaths of prominent Russians since the war broke out, including Pavel Antov, 65, a Russian politician who criticized Putin's invasion of Ukraine, and Ravil Maganov, 67, the chairman of Russian oil giant Lukoil."


Trump is SO jealous! He can't wait to have these kinds of powers.

#1 | Posted by Corky at 2024-07-10 01:49 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3


Especially the part about "shifting the blame." Trump never takes responsibility for anything.

#2 | Posted by Twinpac at 2024-07-11 11:12 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

Stalin's Great Purge (1936-38) removed hundreds of experienced and competent officers from the Soviet Army. The ensuing 1939 Russo-Finnish War (AKA the Winter War) proved to be a disaster for the Red Army, as the hearty Finns inflicted a casualty rate of approximately 5:1 on the poorly led invaders. Putin is paranoically following Stalin's pattern of eliminating potential rivals or oligarchs/leaders not sufficiently loyal to him.

In polar contrast, 70 years earlier in the US Civil War President Abraham Lincoln kept replacing Union generals without harm until he finally found a competent leader to win the war named Ulysses S. Grant.

#3 | Posted by C0RI0LANUS at 2024-07-12 02:24 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

Looks to me like his crime was he had a cooler hat than did Vlad...

#4 | Posted by catdog at 2024-07-12 01:57 PM | Reply

"the security service wants to control the Defense Ministry budgets."

They want to be the NEW generation of super-yacht owners.

#5 | Posted by Danforth at 2024-07-12 02:03 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

Someone in the FSB will be the next Russian leader. Just handing it down... Also there is National Guard of Russia under control of Putin that is separate from the military. They did take part in the initial invasion of Ukraine but are mostly used to control the population. I would be willing to bet if it came down to it they would side against the main military and with the FSB.

#6 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2024-07-12 03:01 PM | Reply

When Putin said he was going to "clean up" the Ministry of Defense, I immediately suspected he was trying to get rid of everybody who might be part of a military coup that would be his fate if Russia lost the war in Ukraine.

Russia does not suffer losers in their leadership very long.

Khrushchev suffered a similar fate when Russian ships were forced to turn around during the Cuban Missile Crisis. It took the Kremlin two years to get their coalition together but when they did, Khrushchev was called home from a trip and told he was fired.

#7 | Posted by Twinpac at 2024-07-12 07:39 PM | Reply

Concur with all above. Russia is a mafiacracy except many of them wear military or police uniforms, unlike American mobsters. NYC had the "five families" who reached an understanding to make money and keep the peace, Russia has security organs that make money and keep the peace. When somebody gets out of line, they get whacked, with or without sanction. The formidable Chechen Mafia also plays a nebulous role in the Russian mafiacracy, including providing hitmen for various Russian factions.

#8 | Posted by C0RI0LANUS at 2024-07-13 06:11 AM | Reply

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