NewsGeneral arrested: Another high-profile detainment in Russian military

General arrested: Another high-profile detainment in Russian military

Russia. General Shamarin detained
Russia. General Shamarin detained
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4:28 AM EDT, May 23, 2024

More changes in Russia. This time, General Vadim Shamarin, the Chief of the General Staff, was arrested. He was detained for two months.

Many reports provided by Russian state media or Kremlin officials are likely not authentic. Such reports may be part of an information war by the Russian Federation.

According to Kommersant, General Vadim Shamarin, head of the Main Communications Directorate of the Armed Forces and deputy chief of the General Staff, was detained in Russia. A source from law enforcement confirmed that the general's home was searched in connection with a criminal case involving alleged fraud.

Shamarin was to be taken for interrogation to the Main Investigative Division of the Military Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation. The case is being heard by a garrison military court. Similar to the case of General Ivan Popov, who was previously arrested for fraud, on May 22, the court's website published the case files mentioning the detention of a person with concealed data.

Confusion in the Kremlin. More arrests

The charges against military personnel in Russia appear to be similar. In 2020, former Deputy Chief of the General Staff Khalil Arslanov was arrested for fraud and corruption in the supply of equipment to the armed forces. At that time, the general was accused of accepting a bribe and fraud, totaling around 7.4 billion US dollars.

Earlier, Deputy Defense Minister Timur Ivanov and Lieutenant General Yuri Kuznetsov, the head of the Ministry of Defense's main personnel directorate, were detained and arrested. Both are accused of accepting particularly large-scale bribes.

Kuznetsov's arrest, which occurred two days after Vladimir Putin removed Sergei Shoigu from leading the defense ministry, indicates that the most serious corruption scandal in the government in years is expanding widely; at least five people have been detained in connection with it so far, reported Reuters.

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