A pro-Kremlin official has denounced the release of a high-profile Russian general’s voice note appeal as a “political show.”
In the note, General Ivan Popov accused the army leadership of betraying Russian troops by not providing sufficient support -- and said he had since been fired for his comments.
Andrey Turchak, the First Deputy Speaker of Russia’s Federation Council and leader of the parliamentary working group on Russia’s military operation in Ukraine, said Thursday that Popov's appeal was not intended for the public.
“General Popov's appeal was non-public and posted in private chats of commanders and soldiers of the 58th Army,” Turchak said in a statement on Telegram Thursday.
“The fact that ‘member of parliament’ [Andrey] Gurulev somehow received it and made a political show out of it, is on his conscience,” he added.
Gurulev, a member of the Russian parliament and a former Deputy Commander of the Southern Military District, relayed Popov's audio message on his Telegram channel.
Turchak affirmed that General Popov maintains a “clear conscience,” and praised commanders like Popov, stating that the nation “can be proud of such commanders.”