Podcast EP10: Shoigu out, Belousov in – Changes to Putin’s Cabinet. Debunking Russian Narratives

Host: Matt Wickham, UCMC/HWAG Analyst

Analysts: Anastasiia Ratieieva, Anton Khimiak UCMC/HWAG Analysts

With Shoigu out and Belousov in, Western analysts specializing in Russian politics have extensively analyzed what this change means for Russia’s future and its full-scale invasion of Ukraine. One thing is certain: this cabinet reshuffle indicates Putin’s intent to persist in attacking Ukraine and potentially expand operations beyond its borders in the future. The reorganization aims to streamline the military and its economic mechanisms to build a more efficient Russian military, while ensuring that corruption benefits only a select few.