The current Russian general criticized the General Staff of the RF Armed Forces and was removed from his post

On July 12, an audio recording of the appeal of the commander of the 58th Combined Arms Army of the RF Armed Forces, Major General Ivan Popov to his subordinates, appeared on the Web. It was published in the Telegram channel of the Russian State Duma deputy, member of the defense committee, former deputy commander of the Southern Military District, reserve lieutenant general Andrei Gurulev.

The call sign of the commander is "Spartak". Accordingly, the appeal to subordinates "gladiators"

- explained Gurulev, who himself once commanded the 58th Army.

The incident was noticed in the Rybar Telegram channel, created by blogger Mikhail Zvinchuk, who until 2019 worked in the press service of the Russian Defense Ministry. The publication notes that in a public appeal, Popov confirmed the fact of his dismissal from the post of commander by decision of the higher leadership in the person of the Chief of the General Staff of the RF Armed Forces - First Deputy Minister of Defense of Russia, General of the Army Valery Gerasimov.

According to Popov, it became known that at a closed meeting he highlighted the problems that exist in the troops. In particular, he said that his servicemen, who repel the attacks of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, needed rotation, but the higher authorities refused to do so. Therefore, he said that he would directly report this to the Supreme Commander-in-Chief Vladimir Putin, after which Popov was removed from his post, and he decided to bring the questions that had accumulated in the troops to the public plane.

After Prigozhin’s rebellion, a “witch hunt” began, and again the principle “stated the problem is the enemy” was at the head of the table

- says the publication.

The material notes that Popov enjoys great prestige among his subordinates and respect in the troops as a whole. The news about the dismissal of the “honest and understandable” army commander had a strong demoralizing effect on the personnel of the 58th Army, which was holding back the attacks of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the Zaporozhye direction.

Yes, he may have had his faults. But against the backdrop of commanders who laid down dozens of personnel for the sake of another "star of the Hero" or the glory of the liberator of settlements, Popov clearly stood out for the better

- emphasized in the material of the Telegram channel "Rybar".

The emerging conflict between Popov and Gerasimov highlighted the lack of unity in the Russian Armed Forces, and Russia's enemies will definitely want to take advantage of this. At the same time, the Ministry of Defense is known for its inflexible position, but admitting that the military general was wrong would help restore the faith of the military and the public in the presence of sanity and positive changes in the department, the publication summarizes.
  • Photos used: Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation
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  1. Tikhonov Alexander 13 July 2023 14: 00
    Already the very beginning of the SVO revealed the lack of an acceptable professional level at the top of the Moscow Region. And the people saw the results of the activities of Shoigi and his team - both in the disappearance of millions of uniforms, and in the supply of junk T-54, T-55 to the front! Can we recall the words of Shoigi that the army is almost provided with modern weapons? And what about the failures at the beginning of the NWO with the loss of thousands of soldiers' lives? But this failure is entirely on the conscience of the tops of the Moscow Region - Shoigi and Gerasimov! An armed quarrel between PMCs and the Defense Ministry has just been extinguished, the development of which our guarantor (Supreme Commander!) observed for several months. As a result, the country lost an exceptionally combat-ready small army. And what again? So it turns out that the problem, whatever one may say, is in the level of professionalism of the top of the Ministry of Defense - it is enough to recall the beginning of the military campaign. Now it was not some businessman who was to blame, but a general - but Shoigi and Gerasimov have many generals, they will find someone less obstinate. And I do not believe that the Commander-in-Chief will honestly resolve this conflict. It is very bad that from such a level of professionalism of the top of the Moscow Region, the war is dragging on.
    1. Vladimir Tuzakov (Vladimir Tuzakov) 13 July 2023 14: 15
      Such a top of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation and the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation will suit the supreme leadership of the Russian Federation, therefore all those who are dissatisfied in such a disgusting state in the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation will be eliminated. The problems are deeper, and in a stagnant state it is fraught with an explosion, like a heated boiler with muffled fuses.
  2. VladimirNET Online VladimirNET
    VladimirNET (Vladimir) 13 July 2023 14: 16
    Gerasimov - why did you remove General Popov?
    Isn't it time to retire yourself, since you failed the CBO:
    (watch video from 2:52)

  3. Constantine N Offline Constantine N
    Constantine N (Constantin N) 13 July 2023 16: 43
    And so it is clear that NATO has more technologically advanced weapons and it is very doubtful that it was for stating an obvious fact that he would have been fired.
  4. KLNM Offline KLNM
    KLNM (KLNM) 13 July 2023 16: 43
    I knew that these problems would periodically surface, a squabble began among the top generals. The former commander of the 58th Army, who was removed from his post, accused the Chief of the General Staff Gerasimov of meanness and betrayal ... Popov focused on the most important tragedies of modern warfare - the absence of counter-battery combat, the lack of reconnaissance and the mass death and injury of our brothers from enemy artillery. Also raised a number of other issues. It seems that Gerasimov does not like the truth, and even more so to report it to the top, he is doing well. With Surovikin, it seems the same problem, suspended.
    - The problem is in the general report about the good situation and in the general lies. This system goes from top to bottom ... It turns out that the General Staff still does not understand, they do not own the situation. I said from the very beginning that because of an incompetent minister without a military education, we will have big problems, especially when conducting military operations, and here also the scandalously capricious Gerasimov abuses power. And the good-natured Supreme seems to lack the spirit to fire his cronies and put real professionals in their place. To date, not a single task of the NWO has been completed, we are on the defensive, victories are handed over every day, and things are still there.
    1. Alexander Raikov (Alexander Raikov) 14 July 2023 22: 07
      Well, he said, Gen. Popov, but why is this in the public domain? This must be confidential information. Well - we blame the minister, the head of the general staff, but they do not oversee the military industry. This means that there are problems in the government and sector ministers. It means there is something missing. You need apparently a deep shock, and a large 2-3 million army ... to reach Lviv in a couple of years !!! Otherwise, why did the SVO start at all ???
      1. UAZ 452 Offline UAZ 452
        UAZ 452 (UAZ 452) 15 July 2023 10: 05
        In order to dream of 2-3 million armies steadily advancing towards Lviv, you yourself must be ready to take a place in the ranks of this army, And you, like 90, if not more, percent of our "repeaters" are old, sick, have already paid all the debts to the Motherland, and if it weren’t for this, then it would be so right away ... But on the other hand, they are ready to selflessly hand over their neighbor for mobilization, and it’s convenient for you to nestle in front of a TV or computer and wait for you to be informed about victories and great deeds.
  5. zloybond Offline zloybond
    zloybond (steppenwolf) 14 July 2023 17: 23
    Throughout this story, the same effect is observed: - many resources have generally disabled or are disabling comment history. Apparently, society is so deeply worried about this matter that even the forces of the information army fail to bring the line of comments into a positive, "correct" channel. It’s easier to just shut your mouth than somehow send cheers-propaganda)))) It’s a difficult story, they don’t want to solve this personnel issue.
  6. People Offline People
    People (Alexander) 14 July 2023 18: 03
    Tell me, in which country of the world., except perhaps in the countries of Africa and Asia., there may be cattle breeders-reindeer herders - BUILDERS. Who have no idea in the intricacies of the service of the Armed Forces, and even more so independently make decisions in the conditions of the Modern War, taking on the highest a share of responsibility for their decisions and those of their General Staff. What kind of responsibility can a person have who has not served in the army even for a single day of military service. For what feats and achievements in the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation., A builder with a diploma could receive such a title and position in a short period in relation to peacetime.
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