A RUSSIAN colonel has been shot in the head by his own side as he was gunned down by troops working for one of Putin’s warlords.
Lieutenant Colonel Albert Atmurzaev, 39, was killed by national guards loyal to close Vladimir Putin ally Ramzan Kadyrov, the warlord leader of Chechnya, according to reports.
The shooting was in Grozny, capital of Chechnya, where Kadyrov is reported to be gathering a vast “private army” ostensibly for use supporting the dictator in the war in Ukraine.
Reports say that Atmurzaev – a Russian interior ministry officer – drove past the Akhmat-Arena stadium when the guardsmen flagged him to stop.
After failing to halt, two warning shots were fired in the air, before aim was then taken at Atmurzaev, who was shot in the head.
The wounded colonel was rushed to hospital but doctors could not save him.
The Russian and Chechen forces have not admitted to the embarrassing friendly fire killing, say reports.
There are suspicions that the forces being amassed in Chechnya are not for Ukraine but could be deployed if Putin is threatened by a coup.
Or in the event of Putin’s demise as a result of the war going wrong for Russia, Kadyrov could attempt to breakaway from Russia and set up an independent state.
Kadyrov was appointed as a Colonel-General by Putin in the Russian national guard and also holds the Kremlin’s highest award of Hero of Russia.
Putin’s top brass killed one by one
MANY top Russian generals have been slaughtered since Vladimir Putin launched his invasion of Ukraine almost two years ago.
Ukraine’s bold counteroffensive missile attacks, campaigns and battles have cut down many of Vlad’s most senior commanders.
Admiral Viktor Sokolov was Moscow’s top admiral in Crimea and was said to be killed in September.
Ukrainian special forces apparently took out the commander, 61, along with 33 other officers in a missile attack on the headquarters of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet in the port of Sevastopol.
Major General Andrei Sukhovetsky was one of the first to die when he was shot dead by a sniper in March, in a major blow to Putin’s resources.
He was reportedly killed at the battle for Hostomel Airfield about 30 miles outside the capital Kyiv.
Vitaly Gerasimov, another of Putin’s senior officers, was killed in conflict outside Ukraine’s Kharkiv, just days after Sukhovetsky’s death.
Gerasimov was awarded a medal for “capturing” the disputed province of Crimea in 2014, and also received medals after leading troops in Syria and in the second Chechen war.
Major General Andrei Kolesnikov, of the 29th Combined Arms Army, was killed in March 2022, Ukraine’s defence mistry said at the time.
Colonel Andrei Zakharov, commander of a tank regiment, was killed in an a Ukrainian ambush near Kyiv also in March 2022.
Lieutenant Colonel Dmitry Safronov, who led a Marine brigade, died along with Lieutenant Colonel Denis Glebov and Colonel Konstantin Zizevsky, who led air assault troops.
Safronov and Glebov were killed when Ukrainian forces have recaptured the city of Chuhuiv, while Zizevsky was killed at in the south of Ukraine.
General Magomed Tushaev died in February 2022 when his Chechen special forces column, including 56 tanks, was obliterated near Hostomel, north-east of the city.