Military experts predict profound reshuffle of Russian Armed Forces command

The Russian Armed Forces command will undergo a profound reshuffle, and the General Staff chief and certain deputy ministers may lose their jobs, Academy of Geopolitical Problems Vice-President Konstantin Sivkov said.

"I think the appointment of Sergei Shoigu as the Defense Minister will lead to a profound reshuffle of the Russian Armed Forces command. I do not rule out that General Staff Chief Gen. of the Army Nikolai Makarov and some other deputy ministers may be gone, same as the defense minister," Sivkov said.

"I also hope that financier boys will leave the Defense Ministry administration and career officers will take their place," he said.

The dismissal of Anatoly Serdyukov "is the event long-awaited by the Armed Forces," the expert said. "I believe that Sergei Shoigu much better fits the Defense Minister's position than his predecessor by his moral and business qualities."

A number of commercial entities were established under the former defense minister, among them Oboronservice, and they "got involved in criminal affairs," he said.

In turn, Deputy Director of the Institute for Political and Military Analysis Alexander Khramchikhin said it would be hard to predict steps of the new minister but transformations might be very serious.

"Anything can happen now, anything at all, judging by the minister's candidature," he said.

"Only a charlatan seeking to enhance his reputation" may allege the ability to make precise forecasts now, the expert said.

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