Source: 160 generals and officers refused to move from Moscow

Source: 160 generals and officers refused to move from MoscowBy the end of 2011, more than 160 generals and senior officers of the main directorates of the General Staff and the Ministry of Defense will be dismissed early from the Russian Armed Forces because of the refusal to move from Moscow to new duty stations, a source in the Russian military said on Friday.

“Based on the order of the Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation No. 205, until December 1 of the current year, a planned rotation of generals and officers to new duty stations, including remote regions of the country, is carried out in the central military administration bodies. Over 160, the generals and senior officers of the General Staff and the Ministry of Defense refused to transfer from the capital to other regions and wrote reports about the dismissal from the army ahead of time, ”a source told Interfax.

# {weapon} According to him, the current rotation concerns officers and generals who served for at least three years in military positions. “In fact, the entire summer at the Ministry of Defense was an intensive interview with candidates for rotation, and if the officer did not agree to depart from Moscow to other regions of the country, the question was raised about his dismissal from the army, which was then approved by the Central Attestation Commission,” he clarified.

He did not rule out that under the guise of rotation in the General Staff they also get rid of those generals and officers who disagree with the ongoing reforms in the army, the navy, and are critical of the leadership of the military department.

"In accordance with the order of the minister, those generals and officers who end the contract this year, as well as those who have three years or less until reaching the age limit,” the source specified, are not subject to rotation.

Earlier, Chief of the General Staff, Army General Nikolai Makarov, said that the rotation of officers in the army and navy will occur regularly.

“The constant rotation in the army and navy was, is and will be. Every three to five years we will replace the officers. No one will be sitting in one place, ”said Makarov, speaking in February to the officer meeting of veterans of the army and navy in Moscow.

He noted that before the reform of the Armed Forces in a number of military districts, officers served from lieutenant to major general.

“In particular, in the Moscow Military District, lieutenants served to major generals when they were offered the Siberian Military District, the 80% of officers of one of the headquarters departments put a report on the table,” Makarov said.
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