Ukrainian admiral appointed to command Russian Baltic Sea Fleet

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Admiral Sergey Eliseev in 2013 when he was still serving in the Ukrainian Navy

Yesterday, Gordon reported on a most strange story:

WTF: Russian Baltic fleet Command suspended for distorting reality

Today, some further information surfaced that clarifies matters somewhat but still leaves some unanswered questions.

According to a report from Fontanka.ru entitled A former Ukrainian Navy chief wanted by Kiev for treason will be the next commander of Russia’s Baltic Fleet, more than 50 admirals and captains have lost their jobs:

Earlier today, June 30, the Defense Ministry confirmed several resignations, including the exit of current Vice Admiral Viktor Kravchuk and chief of staff Sergei Popov, who are both accused of “serious shortcomings in the organization of training … for failing to take all necessary measures to improve prerequisites for the placement of personnel, for lacking concern for subordinates, and for distorting the true state of affairs in reports.”

Only one officer is keeping his job following the mass dismissals by Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, who inspected the Baltic Fleet earlier this week and his identity is one of the stranger elements of this story:

Sergey Eliseev, the former deputy commander of the Ukrainian Navy, whom the country chief prosecutor’s office has accused of treason and desertion, is expected to become the vice admiral of Russia’s Baltic Fleet, according to unofficial reports. Eliseev has held the position of deputy vice admiral in the Russian Navy since July 2014.

So what we appear to have is a purge of the Baltic Fleet leading to the truly strange circumstance of the sole senior officer remaining being a man who defected from the Ukrainian Navy and therefore, by deafult almost, has become commander of the Baltic Fleet.

As I said, there are still many unanswered question in this case…..

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Ian Greenhalgh is a photographer and historian with a particular interest in military history and the real causes of conflicts.

His studies in history and background in the media industry have given him a keen insight into the use of mass media as a creator of conflict in the modern world.

His favored areas of study include state-sponsored terrorism, media manufactured reality and the role of intelligence services in manipulation of populations and the perception of events.
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