Incumbent leader of Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia Anatoly Bibilov today appointed lieutenant colonel Vladimir Pukhaev as the Russian-occupied region’s new “defense minister.”
Pukhaev, 40, had served since 2017 as a senior intelligence officer at the general staff of the S. Ossetian armed forces, Bibilov’s press service reported.
Before that, from 2007 to 2015 he worked at the “defense ministry” and in the 2005-2007 period he served at the Tskhinvali security committee (KGB).
Pukhaev was also a military contractor of the “defense ministry” from 2004 to 2005 and served at the “interior ministry’s” special purpose mobile unit (OMON) for four years since 2000.
Bibilov had appointed Russian general Viktor Fedorov to serve as the acting defense chief in the meantime.
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