Surovikin fired from the post of commander of the Russian Military Space Forces: what is known
Russian General Sergei Surovikin has been dismissed from his post as commander of the Russian Aerospace Forces. The disgraced general, who fell out of favour with the Kremlin after a failed mutiny by mercenaries of the private military company Wagner, was placed at the disposal of the Russian Ministry of Defence.
This was reported by the former editor-in-chief of the Ekho Moskvy radio station, Alexei Venediktov. He referred to a decree of the Russian Defence Ministry.
"Surovikin is to be dismissed from the post of VKS commander and left at the disposal of the Ministry of Defence (decree)," Venediktov wrote.
The Russian media claim that there was no official confirmation of this statement: they were unable to find the decree to which Venediktov refers in the public domain.
In addition, Venediktov hinted that the information that "General Armageddon", who became "famous" for striking the Ukrainian energy system, is under close surveillance, if not in custody, is true.
"Tomorrow is Surovikin's mother's birthday - will they at least let me make a call?" - wrote the former editor-in-chief of Ekho Moskvy.
Surovikin disappeared after the leader of the Wagner PMC, Yevgeny Prigozhin, attempted to commit an armed rebellion in Russia and reach Moscow. After Putin's "cook" changed his mind about taking over the Russian capital, Surovikin's fate remains unknown. Immediately after Prigozhin's rebellion, Russian media reported that the missing Russian general could have been held in one of Moscow's detention centres on suspicion that he knew about and assisted in the uprising.
Officially, the Russian Federation stated that Surovikin was on leave.
As reported by Politico a few days ago, Surovikin is under house arrest and has been removed from the military leadership.
Meanwhile, the Russian Telegram channel reported that Surovikin is currently "under a kind of house arrest" - he cannot leave the apartment where he is staying, but he is allowed to visit.