Kurginyan: Chief of General Staff must be either fired or respected – everything else is dangerous

03.07.2023, Moscow.

If the criticism against the Chief of the General Staff is justified, he must be removed from office; otherwise, he must be respected, and any other development is dangerous, philosopher, political analyst and leader of the Essence of Time movement Sergey Kurginyan said on June 30 on the program Conversation with the Sage on Radio Zvezda.

Kurginyan noted that he isn’t an expert in the personnel policy of the Russian Defense Ministry and added that a narrow community of people – a community built around the Commander-in-Chief – must handle this. However, according to the political scientist, there are obvious things.

“I just understand that if any criticism has serious grounds, the steps should have been implemented to solve the problem long ago. And they had to be implemented not under pressure from Prigozhin, but according to reports of military counterintelligence and other agencies,” he said.

At the same time, Kurginyan explained what should not happen if the claims are not justified. He specifically stressed that the disrespectful treatment of the Chief of the General Staff was not acceptable and drew attention to the danger of such treatment.

“And if these accusations are fictitious and are not addressed, it is not allowed that at the moment when people give their lives, they hear that their Chief of General Staff … I will not even enumerate in what exact derogatory terms they define him. He can be removed from the office or he must be respected. And he shouldn’t be in this mode of denigration for one second if we want to win. That’s not the way to do it! It’s dangerous!” Essence of Time’s leader noted.

Kurginyan added that this is exactly the dangerous situation that has developed today. He noted that if the so-called “fight of the Kremlin towers” is underway, one should remember how those games once led to the Bolotnaya Square protest [pro-Western pseudo-liberal protests in 2011-2012 in Russia – translator’s note].

The political analyst also commented on the situation when the Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu did not respond to Yevgeniy Prigozhin’s accusations.

“By the way, I have to say something about the fact that they ask why Shoigu did not respond. It would have been complete insanity if he had begun to respond, you know, complete, you know? Because then this one [Prigozhin – translator’s note] would have responded. And this insulting arguing would have spread all over the country,” the political analyst explained.

Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency