Putin purges Defense Ministry amid nuclear secrets leak rumor

Newsweek May 14, 2024, 07:00 PM UTC

Summary: Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and his deputies resigned amid a purge by Putin, with Shoigu reassigned to Russia's Security Council. Shoigu's replacement, economist Andrei Belousov, aims to enhance Russia's war economy efficiency. The Defense Ministry is embroiled in a corruption scandal, with personnel arrested for bribery. Allegations of leaking nuclear secrets have surfaced, potentially leading to state treason charges. At least five arrests have been made.

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  1. [3.7]
    Shoigu faces humiliation in China after demotion (Newsweek)
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  2. [4.6]
    Putin reshuffles military leadership to consolidate power and prevent threats (The Guardian)
    14d
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  3. [3.7]
    Russian Defense Ministry officials arrested for bribery, minister replaced (The Daily Beast)
    15d
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  4. [3.2]
    Russian defense official arrested for bribery, part of corruption crackdown (The Associated Press)
    15d
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  5. [4.9]
    Putin appoints economist Andrei Belousov to lead defense ministry (The Guardian)
    15d
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  6. [4.2]
    Putin reassigns defense minister, advances in Ukraine's Kharkiv area (CNBC)
    16d
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  7. [3.8]
    Putin replaces defense minister with civilian amid Ukraine conflict (CNN)
    16d
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  8. [3.7]
    Putin to replace defense minister Shoigu amid Ukraine conflict (The Independent)
    16d
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  9. [4.2]
    13 killed in Belgorod after Ukrainian missile shot down (The Guardian)
    16d
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  10. [3.5]
    Putin replaces Shoigu as defense minister with Belousov (RTE.ie)
    16d
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  11. [4.4]
    Putin appoints Shoigu as Russia's national security council secretary (The Associated Press)
    17d
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  12. [4.1]
    Putin to replace defense minister Shoigu amid Ukraine conflict (The Independent)
    17d
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  13. [4.1]
    Russian apartment block collapses in Belgorod after shelling, killing 8 (The Associated Press)
    17d
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  14. [4.1]
    Putin reshuffles defense leadership, proposes new defense minister (ABC News)
    17d
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  15. [4.2]
    Putin replaces security chiefs in surprise reshuffle (Financial Times)
    17d
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  16. [4.7]
    Ukrainian strike on Russian apartment block kills seven (ABC News)
    17d
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  17. [3.7]
    Russian forces capture villages in Kharkiv, strike hits Belgorod (TheJournal.ie)
    17d
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  18. [3.7]
    Ukraine targets Russian oil refineries and metallurgical plant (Kyiv Post)
    17d
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  19. [3.8]
    Russia captures five villages in Kharkiv amid offensive (CNN)
    17d
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  20. [5.2]
    Russia invades Ukraine near Kharkiv, condemned by Lord Cameron (The Telegraph)
    17d

  21. [3.8]
    SBU: Kyiv targeted for terror attack on 9 May (The Guardian)
    17d
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  22. [3.2]
    Putin's surprise attack in Ukraine causes significant damage (The Daily Beast)
    18d
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  23. [4.1]
    Russia claims gains in Kharkiv, Ukraine; fighting intensifies (ABC News)
    18d
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  24. [4.6]
    Russia captures five border villages near Kharkiv (The Telegraph)
    18d
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  25. [2.6]
    Missile strikes on oil depots in Ukraine and Russia (Kyiv Post)
    18d
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  26. [4.3]
    Russia launches assault on Kharkiv region in Ukraine (Financial Times)
    19d
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  27. [3.8]
    Russia launches surprise assault on northern Ukraine (CNN)
    19d
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  28. [4.4]
    Russian forces attack near Kharkiv, Ukraine, repelled by Ukrainians (The Guardian)
    19d
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  29. [2.9]
    Ukrainian attack injures 8 in Belgorod (Voice of America - VOA News)
    20d
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  30. [4.0]
    Russia launches missile attack on critical Ukrainian infrastructure (Kyiv Post)
    21d
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  31. [3.5]
    Zelenskyy calls Putin 'Nazi,' Russia intensifies attacks on Ukraine (POLITICO Europe)
    21d
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  32. [4.5]
    Russia announces nuclear weapon drills amid tensions with West (CTV News)
    23d
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  33. [5.0]
    Russia plans drills with tactical nuclear weapons amid tensions with West (The New York Times)
    23d

  34. [4.5]
    Putin orders nuclear weapons drills in response to Ukraine tensions (The Guardian)
    23d
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  35. [3.3]
    Putin orders tactical nuclear exercises amid tensions with NATO (Express)
    23d
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  36. [3.9]
    Russian forces advance in Ukraine, threatening village residents (The Guardian)
    25d
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  37. [4.3]
    Ukrainian village Ocheretyne devastated by Russian attacks (The Guardian)
    25d
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  38. [4.5]
    Russian forces devastate Ukrainian village, drone strikes injure civilians (The Associated Press)
    25d
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  39. [3.8]
    Battle of Chasiv Yar: Ukrainian forces face Russian troops (Kyiv Independent)
    26d
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  40. [4.0]
    US sanctions China for supporting Russia in Ukraine war (The Independent)
    27d
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  41. [4.4]
    US sanctions China for aiding Russia in Ukraine war (The Guardian)
    27d
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