Russian Digest 4/15
Top daily stories I'm keeping an eye on
In the Kyiv region, as a result of a Russian missile attack on the night of April 15, a factory producing Neptune anti-ship missiles was destroyed. It is reported by Agence France-Presse.
As the agency clarifies, we are talking about the Vizar Zhulyansky machine-building plant. via Meduza
Something to keep an eye on. Russia denies criminal charges against the head of the FSB 5th directorate who was reportedly moved to Lefertovo prison after his unit provided information that Ukrainians would welcome Russia.
The Investigative Committee denies the criminal case against Colonel-General and head of the FSB Fifth Service Sergei Beseda. This is reported by RTVI with reference to the response of the press service.
“Information on the initiation and investigation by the investigative department of the Main Military Investigation Department of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation of criminal cases against Beseda S.O. missing," the response says.
The case against Beseda and his deputy Anatoly Bolyukh was reported by the publication Agentura.ru , created by Russian intelligence researchers Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan.
According to the sources of "Agentura", the reason for the case was "theft of funds allocated for subversive and undercover work in Ukraine, as well as deliberately false information about the political situation in Ukraine."
"Agentura" claimed that the security forces were sent under house arrest, and Beseda was then transferred to a pre-trial detention center. The publication did not name the article under investigation. "Mediazona" failed to find any mention of the meetings as the security forces were suppressed in the bases of the Moscow courts and the military court. via Mediazona
On the 50th day of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, the FSB asked the government to increase funding for military burials and tombstones by 17%.
The FSB explains the request to allocate additional funeral money by the fact that these expenses are not included in the list of social benefits that are indexed annually. via BBC
Stung by war losses and massing troops for a new battle in eastern Ukraine, Russia has warned the Biden administration to stop supplying advanced weapons to Ukrainian forces or face “unpredictable consequences,” American officials said Friday.
The Russian message — one of a series of warnings punctuated by a formal protest note, delivered on Tuesday — suggested rising concerns in Moscow that the weapons were seriously hindering Russia’s combat capabilities. via NYT
A criminal case is being prepared against Chubais who fled Russia after objecting to the war