Putin har sparket etterretningsagentene han mener villedet ham før invasjonen og gjorde at den ble en fiasko. 150 agenter fra FSB skal være sparket, ifølge The Times.
About 150 FSB officers have been dismissed, The Times of London reported Monday. The ousted agents belonged to the Fifth Service, a division that Putin – then director of the FSB – set up in 1998 in order to carry out operations in the countries of the former Soviet Union, aiming to keep those countries in Russia’s orbit.
Sjefen for Det femte direktorat, Beseda, ble først satt i husarrest og befinner seg nå i Lefortovo-fengslet.
This move sent a «very strong message» to other elites in Russia, Andrei Soldatov, an expert with the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA), told The Times.
«I was surprised by this,» Soldatov said. «Putin could have very easily just fired him or sent him off to some regional job in Siberia. Lefortovo is not a nice place and sending him there is a signal as to how seriously Putin takes this stuff.»