Who Is Vladimir Shamanov? Retired Russian Commander Slams Putin's Military

Shamanov entered the political arena after he retired from the Russian Armed Forces and is a member of the State Dum the lower house of the Russian assembly. He hit out at President Vladimir Putin and the army during an address to the State Duma, alleging that soldiers are having to pay for their dresses due to the poor quality of the uniform provided.
Vladimir Shamanov

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Vladimir Shamanov, retired Colonel-General of the Russian army, has slammed the military for providing poor-quality uniforms to soldiers fighting in Ukraine.
Shamanov entered the political arena after he retired from the Russian Armed Forces and is a member of the State Dum the lower house of the Russian assembly. He hit out at President Vladimir Putin and the army during an address to the State Duma, alleging that soldiers are having to pay for their dresses due to the poor quality of the uniform provided.
"The quality of the uniforms that are brought and given out is simply not subject to any assessment," he said, comparing the Russian military to a "partisan detachment," as reported by Russian media RBC.
He served as the Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Airborne Troops (VDV) from May 2009 to October 2016. Despite his rise in ranks in the Russian military, he was criticised by human rights groups for the war crimes allegedly committed by the Russian army on his order in the Chechen Wars. In addition to his military career, Shamanov also served as the Governor of Ulyanovsk Oblast from 2001 to 2004.
Over the last two years, there have been several reports (especially in 2022) that said Russian troops have been seen in civilian clothes or wearing Ukrainian military uniforms.
For instance, a February 25, 2022 report of Russia's attempt to seize Kyiv in The Independent cites the deputy minister of Kyiv as saying that a convoy of Russian forces dressed in Ukrainian military outfits entered Kyiv in captured army trucks. Another Wall Street Journal report of the same event said that some soldiers were also in civilian uniform.
There have been several reports highlighting issues with the Russian military, including problems with professionalism, coordination, planning, and training. Some analysts have suggested based on these reports that the Russian military’s underlying problems may impact their efforts in the long term.
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