Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech during celebrations for Navy Day in the Kaliningrad region in 2015. He has reportedly carried out a Stalin-style purge by sacking every commander in his Baltic fleet | Image: Getty Images
50 officers including Vice Admiral Viktor Kravchuk have reportedly been fired in a Stalin-style bloodletting
RUSSIAN President Vladimir Putin has taken a page out of Joseph Stalin’s book — and sacked every commander in his Baltic fleet.
As many as 50 senior officers including a Vice Admiral have been purged amid reports they refused to confront Western ships.
Other Russian news sites also speculated that attempts to cover up a crash between a Russian sub and a Polish boat may have been behind the bloodletting. Continue reading