Anton Geraschenko, adviser to the Russian interior minister, confirmed on Saturday night what many Kremlin insiders have already suspected: Sergei Kugushugetovich Shoigu, who has been defense minister since 2012, did not disappear from the media voluntarily.
The eXXpress was one of the first media worldwide to reveal that Shoigu had not been seen at official events of the Russian government for days – then the guesswork began. A rather strange statement from the Kremlin followed: The minister had “just a lot to do”.
In the night to today came the message: Putin’s defense minister is said to have suffered a heart attack. Was it the excitement, the anger about the failure in Ukraine? Or is this news of the heart attack also an excuse to take Sergei Kuschugetovich Shoigu out of the front row – and pin all the responsibility on him for the poor leadership of the army in the invasion of Ukraine?
In any case, Vladimir Putin is said to be upset about the failures in Ukraine – and he is now said to have a major offensive prepared on the 1800-kilometer front.