“General Alexander Lapin removed as commander of the Russian troops”, the Chechen announcement
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“General Alexander Lapin removed as commander of the Russian troops”, the Chechen announcement

Russian general Alexander Lapin was reportedly removed from his post as military commander in the central region of Ukraine: less than a month ago he was harshly criticized by the Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov who found him guilty of the loss of Lyman.

Russian general Alexander Lapin would have been removed from his post as commander of the Russian troops in the central region of Ukraine according to some sources in the Moscow Times and Meduza. Two months ago, President Vladimir Putin awarded him the title of “Hero of Russia” but in the last month the Chechen leader Kadyrov blamed him for the Russian retreat from the city of Lyman, in the northern Donetsk region. The yellow remains about his removal from the post he had held since 2017.

Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov had criticized his actions

At the beginning of October Ramzan Kadyrov, a Chechen leader who has always been a supporter of President Putin, harshly criticized the work of the commander of the Russian Central Military District, judging him as responsible for the withdrawal of troops from the city of Lyman, in central Ukraine.

“If it had been up to me, I would have demoted Lapin to ordinary citizen, I would have deprived him of his rewards, I would have given him an assault rifle and I would have sent him to the front to wash away his shame with blood” he wrote. Lapin’s role and credibility had also been questioned by Yevgeny Prigozhin, the founder of the private military company Wagner, who also praised Kadyrov for his attack on the Moscow leaders.

Fake news about Alexander Lapin’s death

Last Saturday, the local Russian media, according to the tabloid The Sun, had quoted a source from the defense ministry as saying that General Lapin had taken a few weeks off from his work. Then, hours after his dismissal, Channel24 reported that his lifeless body had been found in the river that crosses western Russia, the Moskva. The site then withdrew the indiscretion, indicating it as fake news.