Friday, July 29, 2016
Recent dismissals of Baltic Fleet commanders.
A purge of senior leaders of Russia's Baltic Fleet was remarkable for the public way it was conducted, in an open admission of failings in the naval force tasked with defending Russia's north-western front. Technical problems and claims of inefficiency and corruption beset the fleet. The dismissals are a warning to other military commanders that if they allow effectiveness to slip, they will be punished rather than quietly eased out.