Because of the war debacle – Putin disempowers the secret service – foreign policy

Knock in the Ukrainian War! Apparently, the Kremlin dictator has lost faith in his old secret service friends.

Vladimir Putin (69) relieves its domestic secret service FSB (formerly KGB) of responsibility!

After the bloody war of aggression in the neighboring country did not go as planned and Russian troops were pushed back on many fronts, Putin finally decided to call in the GRU’s military intelligence service.

Exciting: Originally, the GRU would have been responsible for the “special military operation”, as it is called in Russia. But the Kremlin dictator apparently trusted his former FSB colleagues more.

► According to the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA), the new senior officer in Ukraine is now Vladimir Alexeyev, the first deputy of the GRU.


Vladimir Alexeyev, the first deputy head of the GRU military intelligence serviceFoto: Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine

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Vladimir Alexeyev, the first deputy head of the GRU military intelligence serviceFoto: Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine

He is accused by Britain and the European Union of overseeing the 2018 poisoning of Sergei Skripal in Salisbury. Alexeyev is a veteran officer and was sanctioned by the US for direct cyber interference in the 2016 US election.

He was reportedly involved in several of Putin’s most violent attacks on the West in the past decade.

And: He once led the GRU mission in Syria. In the past, Alexeyev served directly under Alexander Dvornikov – the general who is currently in charge of leading the Russian offensive in Ukraine.

The two generals therefore have experience of bloody attacks against civilians.

Alexeyev is used to cruel operations: he began his career in the special forces, the spetsnaz, known for their extraordinary brutality. At the GRU, he was responsible for the 14th Directorate, which heads the Spetsnaz, the paramilitary arm of the intelligence agency. In 2011, he returned to his current position.

► According to the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense, Alexeyev is responsible for “organizing the preparation of initial data for air and air strikes on Ukrainian territory, including on civilian objects, and legalizing the Russian presence in the occupied territories in the organization of so-called referendums (establishing the “People’s Republic of Kherson”)”.

Before the decision to deploy the GRU, Ukraine was under the responsibility of the FSB’s 5th Service, which provided Kremlin despot Putin with information about Ukraine before the invasion.

Problem: The disastrous start to the war, marred by the pre-emptive disclosure of top-secret plans by Western intelligence agencies that had yet to materialize, cast a dark shadow over the department. Voices were also raised in Russia that the FSB had completely deceived the Kremlin tyrant.

► Putin repressed: FSB General Sergei Beseda, head of the 5th service, was arrested in early March and detained in the infamous Lefortovo prison. According to observers, the imprisonment of the head of the Ukrainian spy services shows that there has been a major failure of the secret services in Ukraine.

Confusion ensued, including within the secret services. Because: Kremlin dictator Putin got Beseda out of jail in the meantime. He reinstated him as if nothing had happened. A sign of the turmoil in Putin’s power apparatus?

Moreover, there is no evidence that Putin still trusts the FSB or, in particular, Beseda’s service when it comes to Ukraine, as the appointment of Alexeyev clearly shows.

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