Vladimir Putin leader sacks EVERY commander in his Baltic fleet

PUTIN PURGE Russian leader sacks EVERY commander in his Baltic fleet after ‘they refused to confront Western ships’

50 officers including Vice Admiral Viktor Kravchuk have reportedly been fired in a Stalin-style bloodletting

BY JAMIE SEIDEL FOR NEWS CORP AUSTRALIA NETWORK

12th July 2016, 11:13 am

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.

GETTY IMAGES3 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

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.

But given the endemic nature of corruption and incompetence across the Russian military, Western analysts are scratching their heads as to the real reason behind the purge.

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