Convicted war criminal Girkin warns about potential army uprising in Russia following General Popov’s removal. He warned that Russia could potentially experience another armed rebellion following the removal of Russian Army Major General Ivan Popov, who previously voiced concerns about the issues faced by occupying forces in Ukraine.
According to convicted war criminal and former member of the Russian puppet authorities in Donetsk, Igor Girkin (Strelkov), who shared his perspective on his Telegram channel on July 13, Popov’s dissatisfaction with the frontline situation was disclosed by another general and part-time member of the Russian State Duma, Andrey Gurulev.
Afterward, the former commander of the 58th Army, self-identified as “Spartacus,” along with his supporters called “gladiators,” released a statement addressed to the Russian military, accusing the General Staff of showing complete indifference.
Girkin believes that since this scandal became public, the “uncontrolled collapse” of the Russian army has drawn nearer.
Girkin noted that unlike Prigozhin’s failed rebellion, Popov may gain military support, leading to more significant consequences for the Kremlin.
“The retired commander’s public appeal sets a dangerous precedent,” Girkin remarked. It’s near mutiny, unlike before when it was initiated by an opportunistic criminal, now a high-ranking general. And not just any general, but one of the better ones. As many commentators rightly note, it may lead to mutinies and the uncontrolled disintegration of the army. We are just a step away.”
Girkin suggests an imminent “major defeat” of Russian forces in Ukraine may lead Russia’s army to attempt capturing Moscow.