Senior members of the Soviet military top brass, including at least three generals and two admirals, crashed to defeat in this week’s elections, according to results reaching Moscow today.
Their failure suggested popular feeling against the high command, which steered the military through a multibillion-dollar expansion in the 1960s and 1970s.
“It may be that people are just saying they don’t want senior military running their new Parliament,” one Western diplomat said. “Eight years of war in Afghanistan and a fortune in new weapons has taken its toll on their patience.”
Among the most senior casualties was the commander of the Soviet Union’s 380,000 front-line troops in East Germany, Gen. Boris Snetkov.