Putin is preparing a large-scale “purge”, Shoigu will be judged – military expert

A sign of preparations for a “purge” was the suspension of the state program for the production of weapons in the Russian Federation, the observer noted.

Putin is preparing a purge in the Russian Defense Ministry / photo REUTERS
Putin is preparing a purge in the Russian Defense Ministry / photo REUTERS

Russian President Vladimir Putin is preparing the foundation for a large-scale “purge” in the Russian Defense Ministry in 2023. The apogee of this purge will not just be the removal of Minister Sergei Shoigu, but the accusation of him for the failure of the invasion of Ukraine and the trial.

As the military-political observer of the Information Resistance group Alexander Kovalenko noted , the purge of generals in 2022 will seem like a warm-up.

“A sign of this preparation was the suspension of the state program for the production of weapons, for which 20 trillion rubles were allocated over 10 years. The result of this large-scale program was a complete fiasco of the Russian army in Ukraine. It’s funny, but according to this program, by 2020, the share of modern weapons in the Russian troops was supposed to grow to 70%. And on January 20, 2022, Sergei Shoigu reported in his report that the share of modern weapons in the Russian troops is 71.2%,” the expert wrote.

Kovalenko recalled that the Russian army carried out the invasion of Ukraine on old equipment, with paper maps, by the end of spring it began to change to T-62 tanks, which have not been produced since 1975, and now the Russians have already switched to armaments of the Second World War era, in particular , D-1 howitzers.

“The current suspension of the state program is just one of the stages of not just dripping under Shoigu, but in general under the entire generals who were fed from the cuts on this program. And although Putin had a share from these cuts and not a small one, no one can blame the “king” Shoigu will be the sheep to be slaughtered, unless, of course, he gets ahead of his “accusers,” the observer added

The shortage of weapons in Russia: what is important to know

Recall, earlier it was reported that Putin suspended the state program for the production of weapons , for which 20 trillion rubles were allocated from the federal budget over the past 10 years.

According to Politico, Russia is already facing a shortage of foreign-made high-tech chips it has relied on for years to manufacture weapons and is desperately trying to make up for it.

Experts reported that due to problems with artillery, Russia began to send old D-1 howitzers , which were produced from 1943 to 1949, to the war in Ukraine. The newest of them is 73 years old.

(C)UNIAN 2022

2 comments

  1. The last time there was a major purge of the Red Army, it almost cost them a war as the army was decapitated. That was at a time when Russia has some industrial potential. Even then, it would not have won without massive support from the US.

    Neither exists now. Russian Science and Engineering is still way behind the west because the collapse of the Soviet educational system in ’86. The last fully trained cohort is not in their late 50s and the neo-Soviet system has never recovered. Putin has also ran much of those that have been trained out of the country. The numbers leaving when “mobilization” was declared has been said to be between 300,000 and 700,000. That is not a rounding error and it is something that is crippling Putin’s attempt at reviving the USSR.

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