Second sudden death of senior official reported in Russia’s military supply chain in less than a week

Another sudden death of a senior official in Russia’s military supply chain has been reported following a series of unexplained deaths last week.

Alexei Fedorovich Maslov, former commander-in-chief of Russia’s ground forces turned special representative of the Uralvagonzavod military corporation, specializing in battle tanks, died unexpectedly in a military hospital on Christmas Day at the age of 70.

The company took to Telegram to announce his death, saying he “remained loyal” to Russia “until his last day.”

An abandoned tank is seen after Russian forces withdrew from Balakliia, Kharkiv Oblast, Ukraine, as the war between Russia and Ukraine continues in September.  15, 2022.

An abandoned tank is seen after Russian forces withdrew from Balakliia, Kharkiv Oblast, Ukraine, as the war between Russia and Ukraine continues in September. 15, 2022.
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Maslov was born in Kursk Region, neighboring northern Ukraine, and entered the army before graduating from the Kharkiv Guards Tank Command Higher School in 1974, nearly two decades before the fall of the Soviet Union, Euro Weekly reported.

In 2008, he became Russia’s top military representative to NATO.

No explanation has been given for his death, although he appears to have died in Moscow at the NN Burdenko Main Military Clinical Hospital, more than 1,000 miles west of the Uralvagonzavod plant where he allegedly worked at the city of Nizhny Tagil.

Some reports suggested that Russian President Vladimir Putin was due to visit the tank manufacturing plant on Christmas Eve, but he unexpectedly canceled his plans, although Fox News Digital could not independently verify this.

Russian President Putin watches a missile launch during naval exercises in Russia's northern Arctic aboard the nuclear-powered missile cruiser Pyotr Veliky.

Russian President Putin watches a missile launch during naval exercises in Russia’s northern Arctic aboard the nuclear-powered missile cruiser Pyotr Veliky.
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Maslov’s death also followed the unexpected death of Alexander Buzakov, 67, the general manager of the United Shipbuilding Corporation, Admiralty Shipyards, which produces carriers for Kalibr cruise missiles, among others, on Saturday.

According to its website, Admiralty Shipyards has been described as the “foundation” of the Russian Navy and Buzakov attended the launch of the new submarine, Velikiye Luki, in St Petersburg. Petersburg on Friday.

Buzakov defended the submarine as a major step forward for Russia’s naval capability.

“It symbolizes the end of a certain important stage and, of course, promises us many successful final steps in the construction of the ship and its delivery to the Navy,” he said, according to Naval News.

Russian navy ships are docked in Sevastopol Bay, Crimea, March 4, 2014.

Russian navy ships are docked in Sevastopol Bay, Crimea, March 4, 2014.
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The submarine is reportedly part of a fourth-generation non-nuclear fleet that is considered the “most modern” submarine in terms of combat power.

Details about Buzakov’s death are also unknown.

The deaths of Buzakov and Maslov are just the latest in a string of unexpected deaths among Russia’s top ranks, businessmen and dissidents since the war in Ukraine began.

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