Russia: Regime Detains Senior General, Widening Military Purge

Source: New York Times

“Russian security agents detained a senior general early Tuesday, widening a purge of the country’s sprawling Defense Ministry amid President Vladimir V. Putin’s broader shake-up of his government. Lt. Gen. Yuri Kuznetsov, who oversaw the ministry’s personnel department, was detained on an accusation of ‘large-scale’ bribery, Russia’s Investigative Committee, a federal law enforcement agency, said in a statement on Tuesday. His detention came after Mr. Putin unexpectedly removed his long-serving defense minister, Sergei K. Shoigu, from his post and replaced him with a member of his economic team. … General Kuznetsov is the second senior Russian defense official to be detained in the past month. A deputy defense minister, Timur Ivanov, was detained and charged in April with the same crime, ‘large-scale’ bribery. Mr. Ivanov was known for the extravagant lifestyle of his wife and was widely seen as a protege of Mr. Shoigu.” (05/14/24)