Putin just dismissed nearly 20 generals

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putinREUTERS/Sergei Ilnitsky/PoolRussian president Vladimir Putin speaks during a ceremony to award WWII veterans in honor of the upcoming 70th anniversary of the victory in the Great Patriotic War in Moscow, February 20, 2015.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has dismissed nearly 20 generals just a day before Moscow was set to host a Victory Day parade celebrating the 70th anniversary of the defeat of Nazi Germany, RIA Novosti reports

The generals were dismissed by a presidential decree. Among those let go was the lieutenant general of police, Sergey Lavrov, as well as the head of media relations in the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Andrei Pilipchuk.

The first deputy commander of the central regional military command, Vladimir Padalko, was also dismissed, according to the Gazeta.

The timing of the shakeup is curious. The Kremlin is set to host world leaders in Moscow for the anniversary parade on May 9. The Victory Day parade features Russian military equipment and members of the Russian military play a major role in the celebrations.

The dismissals come amid major changes within the Russian military. Putin has made the modernization of the military one of his main priorities, and he signed a new military doctrine in December 2014 that updated the goals of the country’s armed forces.

Armata Tank T-14 RussiaAlexander Zemlianichenko/APRussian military vehicles including the new Russian T-14 Armata tank, center, make their way to Red Square during a rehearsal for the Victory Day military parade, Moscow, May 4, 2015.

Central to the Kremlin’s plans are an overhaul of the armed forces and a modernization of military equipment. This effort includes the modernization of Russia’s nuclear arsenal and an overhaul of the navy and air force.

However, sanctions aimed against Russia over Ukraine have caused these plans to hit a snag. Russia is now reconsidering if it can afford its military upgrades as well as the scope of its modernization plans. 

Against all of this, Putin has been facing increased political pressure at home. The leader of the Chechen region of Russia and Moscow’s internal Federal Security Service are increasingly at odds, raising tensions within the Kremlin as Putin tries to balance power around him. 

Elena Holodny contributed to this report. 

from RIA.ru The article below, the original source, is a Google Translated report. In particular, he dismissed Lieutenant General of Police Sergey Lavrov, who served as head of the Federal Drug Control Service of the Kuban. Also he lost the post, Major-General Internal Service, Head of Media Relations Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation Andrei Pilipchuk. Президент РФ Владимир Путин. Архивное фото Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on dismissal of members of the security of Russian agencies: positions lost about 20 generals. The document is available on the official portal of legal information. In particular, he dismissed Lieutenant General of Police Sergey Lavrov, who served as head of the Federal Drug Control Service of the Kuban. Also he lost the post, Major-General Internal Service, Head of Media Relations Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation Andrei Pilipchuk. Discharged from military service first deputy commander of the Central regional command of internal troops of the Russian Interior Ministry, Vladimir Padalko.

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