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CAB051 / Russia / PROFILE ON GENERAL ARKADY STRASHIN

PROFILE ON GENERAL ARKADY STRASHIN

¶1. (SBU) SUMMARY: Post is a brief profile on General Arkady Strashin. END SUMMARY.

MILITARY CAREER
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¶2. (S/NF) After joining the Soviet Armed Forces, Arkady Strashin quickly rose up the ranks through his zealous involvement in the Russian-Afghan War. According to soldiers under his command, Strashin was a true believer in the Soviet Empire and would often talk about expanding their political influence across the entire globe. The end of the Russian-Afghan War was both sudden and disappointing to Strashin who felt as if they pulled out before their mission could be truly accomplished. Strashin was very vocal with such opinions and was soon after promoted to the rank of General in an effort to quiet him, under the guise of his service in the Middle East. It didn’t work. With the fall of the Soviet Union came more disappointment for General Strashin as he was forced into early retirement.

CONNECTION to YURI TRESKAYEV
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¶3. (C) Based on intel gathered by this office, three weeks ago Strashin was approached by Russian Presidential Candidate Yuri Treskayev. While details remain unconfirmed, various sources indicate that Treskayev is in the process of using his political influence to have Strashin re-instated in the military. As of now, Treskayev’s motivations for doing so are unknown. However, it is known through public statements that both men share similar socio-political views in regards to the current state of Russia. Both men are hard-liners with a desire to have Russia return to its “former glory” (reftel. B). Additional intel from within the Russian military suggests that Strashin retains several contacts from his army career, including an unusual amount of managers at “Dead Hand” bases – also known as military weaponry stockpiles. A connection between these contacts and Treskayev remains unconfirmed at this time.

COMMENT
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¶4. (C) Due to Strashin’s undefined connection to Treskayev and his access to Red Army weapon stockpiles, we recommend a full surveilance package (reftel 07231C). Post will be updated as new intel becomes available. END COMMENT.

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