A Russian general who had been previously removed from the military due to his poor performance in Ukraine passed away this week under sudden and mysterious circumstances.
According to RadarOnline.com, Colonel General Gennady Zhidko, 57, died on Wednesday after a “long illness.”
Zhidko reportedly served as a top Russian Army commander, but he was dismissed by Vladimir Putin in October 2022 after Moscow suffered a devastating series of setbacks in their war with Ukraine.
Zhidko served as commander of Russia’s Eastern Military District before Putin dismissed him in October, and he also reportedly once served as Russia’s deputy minister of defense.
The sudden and mysterious death of Zhidko was confirmed by Mikhail Degtyarev, the governor of Khabarovsk Krai, in a recent Telegram post.
Degtyarev wrote, "I was lucky to know this man, very attentive to the needs of a simple soldier and very diligent in service. It is these commanders who are called commanders.”
He added, "Eternal memory to the Hero, God rest his soul,” before confirming that Zhidko died "after a long illness.”
According to Radar, Zhidko’s passing this week was just the latest Russian official to die under mysterious and sudden circumstances since Putin’s war against Ukraine starting in February 2022.
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More than 40 high-profile Russians have died under mysterious circumstances – including oligarchs, scientists, military generals and Kremlin officials.
In addition, many of the deceased reportedly died shortly after criticizing both Putin and his ongoing war against Ukraine.
Another Russian general – General Gennady Lopyrev, 69 – was found dead under equally mysterious circumstances just hours after General Zhidko’s passing, Radar reported.
Lopyrev reportedly died from leukemia, although his exact cause of death has not yet been determined, officials said.
Lopyrev’s son told The Sun, “I spoke to the chief of their medical unit, who said his heart check returned normal, and lungs were clear. It is hard to say what exactly happened. We were getting ready to apply for his parole because it was time.”
He added, "And now this call to say he had died. It’s all very strange, and way too fast.”
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