Democracy Gone Astray

Democracy, being a human construct, needs to be thought of as directionality rather than an object. As such, to understand it requires not so much a description of existing structures and/or other related phenomena but a declaration of intentionality.
This blog aims at creating labeled lists of published infringements of such intentionality, of points in time where democracy strays from its intended directionality. In addition to outright infringements, this blog also collects important contemporary information and/or discussions that impact our socio-political landscape.

All the posts here were published in the electronic media – main-stream as well as fringe, and maintain links to the original texts.

[NOTE: Due to changes I haven't caught on time in the blogging software, all of the 'Original Article' links were nullified between September 11, 2012 and December 11, 2012. My apologies.]

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Kremlin makes sweeping purge of Baltic Fleet commanders

According to Russian media, a slew of top commanders of Russia's Baltic fleet have been purged by Sergey Shoygu on Thursday for undisclosed flaws in carrying out their duties. The move marks the biggest sweeping removal of senior officers since the fall of the Soviet Union.

Fifty top-ranking officers along with fleet commander Vice Admiral Viktor Kravchuk were fired en masse. The news website reported that the purge followed an alleged cover-up of a submarine accident, as well as problems with recruitment and military construction projects.

Media reports have also said that housing for members of the fleet was left in deplorable condition, particularly in the exclave of Kaliningrad, which borders NATO nations Poland and Lithuania. Apparently one section of housing for officers' families was in such bad condition that it partially collapsed.

The move was unexpected, as when President Vladimir Putin visited the fleet last year he emphatically praised its performance. It was further unusual in that such a public and wide-ranging ouster is uncommon in Russia, where underperforming officers are often removed from their posts with more subtlety.

A terse statement from the Defense Ministry said that Kravchuk, his chief of staff Rear Admiral Sergey Popov and the other senior officers were dismissed for problems with combat training and their failure to ensure the well-being of personnel. The statement also made mention of false reports given to the Kremlin about the fleet's condition.

Original Article
Author: DW

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