KGB up, GRU down
In another manifestation of the KGB ascendancy under Vlad the Bad, the Chekists’ traditional rival in the intelligence community, the GRU [Главвное разведительное управление, “Chief Intelligence Directorate [of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation”] has taken a huge, public hit.
Dima “It’s not me, it’s you” Medvedev canned GRU chief General of the Army [≈four-star] Valentin Vladimirovich Korabelnikov because the latter didn’t agree with the KGB-dominated Kremlin’s plans for the GRU which involve disbanding its military arm, including its three Spetsnaz brigades (whom you’ll remember from the Gormogons’ analysis of the Georgian War) and transferring the soldiers to regular army units, as well as demoting it from federal agency level. In bureaucratic terms, they’re getting crushed. Rumor had V.V. trying to quit last year, but having his resignation refused. Looks like Dimochka finally signed the ok on that one.
No word on if they’ll be able to retain the fantastic, awesomely evil Batman emblem so beloved of the Gormogons. You just know that bat is crying bat tears today.
Don’t ask impertinent questions like that jackass Adept Lu.