Publication: Monitor Volume: 3 Issue: 101

In a surprise move, President Boris Yeltsin this morning sacked Russia’s two top military commanders — Defense Minister Igor Rodionov and General Staff chief Viktor Samsonov. Yeltsin gave both men a public dressing down and complained that they had done nothing to reform the armed forces while "generals grew fat." Army General Igor Sergeev, commander in chief of Russia’s Strategic Rocket Forces, has been appointed acting defense minister. (BBC World Service, May 22)

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