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Former Russian General Vladimir Sviridov Who Criticized Putin Found Dead in Mysterious Circumstances 2023

Former Russian General Vladimir Sviridov who once critizised President Putin for running a “third-rate” air force, has been found dead alongside his wife at their home in the village of Adzhievsky in Stavropol region.

Mysterious Death Of General Vladimir Sviridov

The bodies of 68-year-old Vladimir Sviridov and his 72-year-old wife Tatyana Sviridova were found in their house in the village of Adzhievsky in the afternoon of November 15. According to preliminary information, the spouses died about a week ago.

General Vladimir Sviridov
General Vladimir Sviridov

Lieutenant General of Aviation Vladimir Sviridov commanded the 6th Army of the Russian Air Force and Air Defence from 2005 to 2009.

The Russian Telegram channel Baza said there were no signs of violence and no toxic substances were found in the blood of either victim, according to preliminary tests.

One version indicates that they could have died from carbon monoxide poisoning. Still, experts from the local City Gas Service did not find an excess of the norm of carbon monoxide in the house after measurements, Kommersant reports.

It is so far unknown what was the cause of death of Vladimir and Tetiana Sviridov.

The investigation is being conducted by the regional directorate of the Federal Security Service (FSB) of Russia.

Lieutenant General Vladimir Sviridov expressed concerns about the quality of training and conditions for Russian pilots during his tenure as commander of the 6th Army of the Air Force and Air Defense of Russia from 2005 to 2009.

Sviridov highlighted the inadequate flight time for pilots, stating that they required around 100 hours annually to maintain full combat readiness. However, the average flight time at the time was significantly lower, ranging from 25 to 30 hours.

The general also raised concerns about the appointment of inadequately trained officers due to a lack of better alternatives. These issues pointed to broader problems within the Russian military, which Sviridov felt compelled to address.

Previous to the public falling out, Putin awarded Sviridov the title “Honored Pilot of Russia” in 2005.

Source: Latvia-based Russian media outlet Meduza, citing Baza Telegram channel; Kremlin-aligned news agency RIA Novosti and Kommersant media

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