Ukrainian Interior Ministry adviser explains why Putin can’t remove Shoigu

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Russian dictator Vladimir Putin and Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu at a military exhibition in Moscow on August 15, 2022.

“Of course they (FSB) are not as important as Putin himself, of course they can hardly be people who claim to have Putin’s level influence,” the adviser said.

“But judging by the glowing statements made by (Chechen warlord Ramzan) Kadyrov, we can say that it is obvious that the degree of their critics (I mean both Kadyrov and Yevgeny Prigozhin, who is the owner of the Russian mercenary company Wagner) from the Ministry of Defense, from the leadership of the so-called “special military operation” may decline somewhat.

“Although I think they will continue to criticize Shoigu and (Russian Chief of Staff Valery) Gerasimov, but at this moment I can clearly say that Shoigu has maintained his position, in particular thanks to the explosion of the bridge of Crimea.”

Commenting on reports about the detention of senior military officials in Moscow, Denysenko said it was necessary to wait for further developments and take into account Putin’s fear of increasing the political influence of certain groups.

“We will have to look at the evolution of events, but we can clearly say that it is obvious for the population (who are more or less following events) that the Russian military command must be replaced because it has failed,” he said. -he declares. .

“Fortunately, Putin is not going to make any changes for us yet. He understands that there are two influence groups that can theoretically organize “palace coups” – the army and the FSB.

“Strengthening the FSB now by removing Shoigu, Gerasimov and appointing people around them would mean (Putin) weakening. This is why Putin did not resort to drastic measures. He made (some changes) and appointed (Sergey) Surovikin, who met with the approval of both Shoigu and the troops of Kadyrov and Prigozhin, the FSB, etc.

On October 8, Putin appointed General Sergey Surovikin as commander of the forces of the Russian Federation in Ukraine.

According to the UK Ministry of Defence, “For more than 30 years, Surovikin’s career has been marred by allegations of corruption and brutality”.

The reasons for Putin’s decision were not announced. However, experts believe it was likely related to the failures of the Russian military in Ukraine.

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