Dreaming of a White Sea Christmas

This is surely one of those many mere coincidences that add a slightly piquant flavor to the humdrum taste of daily life, but Lunghu is intrigued to note that …

A Defense Ministry spokesman said on Monday that Col. Gen. Alexander Shlyakhturov has retired as chief of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the General Staff of Russia’s Armed Forces (GRU), which he has led since April 2009.
Earlier on Monday, government daily Rossiiskaya Gazeta denied an unattributed December 24 report by the Kommersant [business] daily that Shlyakhturov had left his post.  Kommersant said in its report that Shlyakhturov would in the near future head the board of directors of the Moscow Institute of Thermal Technology (MITT), the developer of the Bulava ballistic missile and other strategic missile systems.

Major-General Igor Sergun has been appointed chief of the Main Investigation Department (GRU) of the General Staff of the Russian Federation Armed Forces, a spokesman for the Russian Defence Ministry told Itar-Tass.

Denied on Saturday, confirmed on Monday:  sometimes the message takes a little while to trickle downhill to the guys in the trenches.  Now, let’s all remember that chronological precedence is no more equivalent to causation than is correlation … but Lunghu thinks it’s only proper to observe that Colonel-General Shlyakhturov ‘s next assignment as virtual CEO of the Russian effort to develop and perfect its submarine-launched Bulava ICBM will surely be more difficult without detailed technical intelligence concerning counter-missile capabilities of NATO’s Patriot interceptor system.  Certainly, it would have been helpful to have on hand a few dozen samples of the Patriot missile for testing, evaluation and reverse-engineering.

Ah, well … there’s always next time.  That’s more than one could say in Comrade Stalin’s day.

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