Monday, May 13, 2024

Oooh, Baby!

Off we go:

МОСКВА, 14 мая. /ТАСС/. Начальник Главного управления кадров Минобороны РФ генерал-лейтенант Юрий Кузнецов задержан. Об этом ТАСС сообщили в правоохранительных органах. "Генерал-лейтенант Кузнецов задержан как подозреваемый в уголовном преступлении. Расследованием дела занимается Главное военно-следственное управление СК РФ. Следователь уже обратился в суд для избрания генералу меры пресечения в виде заключения под стражу", - сказал собеседник агентства. По его словам, на рабочем месте Кузнецова, а также в его доме был проведен обыск. Иные подробности уголовного дела не сообщаются. С 2010 по 2023 годы Кузнецов занимал должность начальника 8-го управления Генерального штаба Вооруженных Сил РФ. Этот орган занимается вопросами службы защиты государственной тайны в рамках Минобороны. Как сказано на сайте оборонного ведомства, Кузнецов назначен на должность начальника Главного управления кадров МО РФ в мае 2023 года. 

Translation: MOSCOW, May 14. /TASS/. The head of the Main Personnel Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, Lieutenant General Yuri Kuznetsov, was detained. Law enforcement agencies reported this to TASS. “Lieutenant General Kuznetsov was detained as a suspect in a criminal offense. The investigation of the case is being carried out by the Main Military Investigation Department of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation. The investigator has already applied to the court to select a preventive measure for the general in the form of detention,” the agency’s interlocutor said. According to him, a search was carried out at Kuznetsov’s workplace, as well as in his house. Other details of the criminal case are not reported. From 2010 to 2023, Kuznetsov served as head of the 8th Directorate of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation. This body deals with issues of the service for protecting state secrets within the Ministry of Defense. As stated on the website of the defense department, Kuznetsov was appointed to the position of head of the Main Personnel Directorate of the Russian Defense Ministry in May 2023.

Ivanov, obviously, was just the start of a larger cleaning process in Defense Ministry. As you already noticed the pattern--these are auxiliary, however extremely important, services of Defense Ministry which are being purged of people who are noted for unbecoming. It is also clear that they have been in "development" by FSB and Investigative Committee for some time. I think some of it--I am speculating here--also is related to Prigozhin and Wagner and money laundering schemes. It is a healthy process.

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