Witness in case of former head of CSKA heads Russian troops in Syria

Witness in case of former head of CSKA heads Russian troops in Syria

Previously, the general led the headquarters of the Eastern Military District.

Deputy Chief of the RF Armed Forces’ General Staff, Lieutenant General Alexander Chaiko, has been appointed commander of Russian troops in Syria instead of Colonel General Andrey Serdyukov, Vedomosti reports. According to the publication, Serdyukov’s service trip term expired in September. 

The Ministry of Defense has not yet officially confirmed this information. Serdyukov spent about six months in Syria with a mission to expedite the implementation of Russian-Turkish agreements on the creation of a demilitarized strip in the Idlib region. It was not possible to stop the shelling carried out by the militants. 

At the beginning of the Syrian campaign, Chaiko has already led the Russian forces group. In April 2017, he became chief of staff and first deputy commander of the troops of the Eastern Military District, and in February 2019, he became deputy head of the General Staff.

This week, the CrimeRussia wrote that Chaiko was a witness in a corruption case against former head of CSKA Mikhail Baryshev. The colonel of the Ministry of Defense was accused of taking bribes totaling about 25 million rubles ($ 390,000), embezzling 4 million rubles ($ 62,000) from the CSKA Sports Initiatives Fund and illegally collecting bonuses from subordinates in the amount of 2.6 million rubles ($ 40,000).

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