Russia hopes Astana talks on Syria will yield package of documents on de-escalation zonesRussian Politics & Diplomacy June 25, 20:31
Russians’ real incomes up by 3% in May - Russian finance ministerBusiness & Economy June 25, 18:39
All doping tests of Russian players at 2014 FIFA World Cup are negativeSport June 25, 15:10
Police refrains from calling Newcastle incident a terrorist attackWorld June 25, 13:14
Putin offers condolences to Pakistan’s president over fire victimsRussian Politics & Diplomacy June 25, 12:39
Fire of fuel tank kills 123 people in Pakistan - TVWorld June 25, 7:58
Muslims worldwide celebrate Eid al-FitrSociety & Culture June 25, 5:18
Mexico knocks out Russia from FIFA Confederations Cup with 2-1 win in KazanSport June 24, 19:59
Putin visits Crimean youth camp ArtekSociety & Culture June 24, 19:42
MOSCOW, December 20. /ITAR-TASS/. Colonel General Vladimir Chirkin is fired from the post of the chief commander of the Russian Ground Troops, but he is not dismissed from the military service, Russian State Secretary and Deputy Defence Minister Nikolai Pankov told Itar-Tass on Friday.
“According to the presidential decree issued on December 2 Vladimir Chirkin is fired from the post of the chief commander of the Russian Ground Troops, but he is not dismissed from the military service,” the deputy defence minister said. “Further military service of General Chirkin in the Russian Armed Forces will fully depend from the results of the investigation on the accusations brought against him,” Nikolai Pankov noted.
“General Chirkin does not plead guilty,” he added, noting with regret that a combat general, a highly educated and highly qualified commander, who enjoys respect and authority in the army has to pass” through all this.
Vladimir Chirkin is accused of taking a massive bribe for the assistance to receive a flat from the Defence Ministry, spokesman of the Russian Investigative Committee Vladimir Markin told Itar-Tass on Friday.
“The military investigation department of the Russian Investigative Committee is investigating the criminal case against Colonel General Chirkin. He is accused of taking a bribe through a mediator,” Markin added.