Russian defense minister fired

It’s election day in the U.S., but we already know one politician in Russia who will not have to wait to see the results of any exit polls before packing his office into a cardboard box.

Russian President Vladimir V. Putin fired his defense minister Tuesday following a corruption investigation involving ministry land near Moscow. It was a rare move for Putin to move against a confidant despite the mounting charges against Anatoly E. Serdyukov.

Putin commended Serdyukov for his work even though the defense minister had few supporters inside the military as he has worked to slash the back log of generals at the top of the Russian military’s ranks.

Putin said Serdyukov’s removal was required to allow police to continue their investigation. Police could not do their work if Serdyukov remained in his position.

Serdyukov has served a vital role in the export of Russian military technology to nations such as India and China. In October, he announced a partnership with India for the Indian military to start production of the Sukhoi’s T-50 stealth fighter. Russia is currently testing the stealth fighter that Serdyukov has said will perform better than the U.S. F-22.

Russia’s defense minister also helped ensure Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime continued to receive weapons from Russia throughout their ongoing fight with Syrian rebels. However, a decision with that level of international attention was surely made by Putin.

Putin has announced he will replace Serdyukov with another close ally, Sergei Shoigu.

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  • BlackOwl18E

    In America, you lose the job. In Mother Russia, the job loses you!

  • blight_

    Between being unable to fire ministers for being incompetence or corruption and at least being able to fire them for corruption…

    • sam

      I think the simple answer is he stepped on the wrong peoples toes, and inn the past the wrong person lined the right peoples pockets.

  • Stratege

    The T-50/PAK-FA IS NOT co produced aircraft. It’s domestic Russian fighter jet!
    “T-50” is an internal designation of the Sukhoi design bureau.

    • Lance

      But the Russian cutting cost joins India to produce it.

    • TimUk

      So they can produce a rival to teh f22/Typhoon/JSF for a tenth ? Despite their corruption and disastrous organization ?

      These jets will have stealth barely better than a Typhoon with avionics and radar no where near as capable.

      • So?

        Typhoon: giant vertical rudder, mechanically scanned radar, external weapons (and fuel to get any semblance of range) carriage just scream 5th gen.

  • Noha307

    *Sees the words “Putin” and “corruption investigation” in the same sentence*
    Me: Oh good, finally!
    *Reads closer, realizes investigation is not of Putin*
    Me: WTF?
    *Reads even closer, realizes Putin removed the government official under investigation*
    Me: *Bursts out laughing*

  • Lance

    Overall This might not be about corruption. As much as under this man they lost some BIG arms deals look at India they lost the Mi-28 to the AH-64D for the Indian army. Same again yesterday the Mi-26 lost to the CH-47. Don’t make money in the new Russia your history.

    • Lance

      Like the cool Stechkin pistol Putin is holding.

    • blight_

      Re the Mi-26, the Indians already had ’em and decided to switch. Perhaps they know something we don’t. That said, we contracted Haloes to recover a downed Chinook at high alts in Afghanistan.

      An article regarding the contract win is

      That said, the bid is for fifteen helicopters. The Soviets have no production of the Halo, or very limited production. The Chinook support is out there and presumably the line is open, so economies of scale favors the Chinook.

      Re the Havoc, the Havoc was supposed to be fitted with European avionics onto a Russian helicopter. What a mess. Apache shows up, systems integrated and tested/debugged by the United States…even if they are lesser export grade. Probably cheaper, who could say no?

      Hilariously, Iraq might be procuring some Havocs…

  • Hunter76

    We should get George W Bush to interpret this, since he was able to look into Putin’s soul.

    • Bman

      Ole G.W. would not be worried about “after the election” as Obama was. Putin has been a mad man since George left office. Must have been fearing George would rape him of his soul. ha ha ha

  • TimUk

    I wonder what percentage of the Russian Defence budget ends up in Switzerland ? I love all these idiots raving about paper russian “stealth” 5th gen jets.

    The russian military is broken and incapable of defending its borders never mind projecting power , the only element Putin is really interested is the Nuclear force.

    A nation destroyed by Putin and his gang of scum.

    • blight_

      Yeltsin had a golden opportunity to do a gentle transition to the free market system (like China); and did a miserable job of it. The usual robber barons privatizing state property for cash always get out ahead, but conditions did not materially improve for the Russians.

      Without the SSR, it exposed that Russia was very dependent on them for resources. Ukraine, Poland and Kazhakstan probably kept the USSR going longer than it could have.

      • So?

        GDP (PPP) per capita is now higher in Russia than the other former Soviet republics (Baltics excepted, but they were always an exception).

    • steve

      Hold on folks OBama will join Putin very fast, now that he has bought and paid for the next four years to accomplish his “original agenda”!!!!! Putin for the Communists while OBama for the Moslems and Muslims………

    • GUest

      Tim, trust me it’s not going to Switzerland as much as all over the Med, try Cyprus for instance….

  • TonyC

    Perhaps the Russian military should look at the physical demands made on the pilot before stating the T-50 will perform better than the F-22A. Seems that the pilot is the limiting factor inte F-22A flight envelope. The same will be true for the T-50. The F-22A and F-35 series will be the last pure manned fighter aircraft in teh US inventory.

  • ziv

    I shoot a good bit, and I have to admit I have never seen anyone wear their ear protection upside down. I looked at it a time or two and each time I came to the same conclusion.
    It must suck to be surrounded by Yes-men that don’t have the backbone to say, “Boss, that looks really stupid! Fix your ear protector before the photographers get here!”

    • blight_

      He might’ve pulled it down to make himself look like a rebel for the camera. Wearing ear protection upright is too proper, to normal for burly ex-KGB bear-wrestling prime ministers /lul

  • Mark

    Does any of this matter?

    With Obama re-elected – you can kiss our country good bye.

  • Ross

    ah every four years its republican doom and gloom fearmongering. What on earth does the US presidential election have to do with Tsar Putin sacking one of his possy?

    • Mark

      The Gloom is in the White House.

      The Doom is the average brain dead voter – such as yourself.

      • dubya

        Yeah Brain Dead Voter like you who voted Dubya to the White House… TWICE!

  • Tiger

    What is Putin Packing by the way? I’m not up on Russian pistols.

  • Joe

    That looks like James bond in the making. Starring Putin.