Two theories are currently circulating as to why Vladimir Putin had the high-ranking General Roman Gavrilov arrested, writes the British newspaper “Telegraph”: either because of the disclosure of military information that led to the loss of numerous lives – there are apparently already culprits for the high losses of the Russian army in Ukraine sought.
Or because of the “waste of fuel”. The newspaper refers to Christo Grozev, Russia expert of the research collective Bellingcat.
General Roman Gavrilov is one of the most influential military commanders in the Kremlin: he was previously the deputy commander of the Russian National Guard. And before that he worked directly in the FSO (Federalnaya Sluschba Ochrany Rossijskoi Federazii), in the important 40,000-strong personal protection department for the Russian president.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov also said the military operation would now enable Russia to be “cleansed” of “traitors”: “In such situations, many people turn out to be traitors and walk out of our lives of their own accord.”