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.

13 Comments on "Russian defense minister fired"

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

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

  3. 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.

  4. *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*

  5. 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.

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

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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!"

  10. Does any of this matter?

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

  11. 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?

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

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

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