Support The Moscow Times!

Putin Fires 10 More Law Enforcement and Security Service Generals

Kremlin Press Service

President Vladimir Putin has continued his cull of senior security and law enforcement officials, dismissing ten Interior Ministry, Investigative Committee and Federal Penitentiary Service generals on March 9. 

The order, published on the government's official information website, gave no clear explanation for the firings, the RBC news agency reported.

Four of the generals were Interior Ministry officials in the Volga federal district and the Samara, Nizhny Novgorod and Vologda regions. One headed of ministry's university in Moscow. Two generals came from the Investigative Committee — one from Primorsky Krai and the other from the national headquarters. The list also includes three penitentiary service generals.

Following the announcement, Mark Galeotti, an expert on the Russian security services, wrote on Twitter that the firings were part of "the usual churn," rather than a larger purge.

In February, Putin dismissed 16 generals from the Interior Ministry, the Emergency Services Ministry and the Investigative Committee. The move sparked speculation that the Russian president was engaging in a purge of law enforcement and security officials.

Read more

Independent journalism isn’t dead. You can help keep it alive.

As the only remaining independent, English-language news source reporting from Russia, The Moscow Times plays a critical role in connecting Russia to the world.

Editorial decisions are made entirely by journalists in our newsroom, who adhere to the highest ethical standards. We fearlessly cover issues that are often considered off-limits or taboo in Russia, from domestic violence and LGBT issues to the climate crisis and a secretive nuclear blast that exposed unknowing doctors to radiation.

As we approach the holiday season, please consider making a one-time donation — or better still a recurring donation — to The Moscow Times to help us continue producing vital, high-quality journalism about the world’s largest country.