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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Sergeyev Defends Self

MOSCOW -- Defense Minister Igor Sergeyev, countering an attack from a respected general on his plans for military reform, said Friday there was no other way to save Russia's struggling armed forces from utter collapse.

Sergeyev compared an outspoken public attack on the Kremlin's military policy by General Lev Rokhlin, a senior pro-government legislator, to Bolshevik agitation in the military which helped the communists seize power in Russia in 1917.

"By 2001 the army will become completely ineffective, uncontrollable and disarmed if we go on without radical change," the former strategic command chief said in an interview in the Defense Ministry daily newspaper Krasnaya Zvezda.