VLADIMIR Putin’s “General Armageddon” has not been seen for almost two weeks and has missed his wife’s birthday – further fueling fears he has been sacked.
General Sergei Surovikin – known for his ruthless maneuvers – disappeared in the aftermath of Yevgeny Prigozhin’s failed “coup” after speculation said he knew of the Wagner boss’s plans.
The former commander of Russia’s forces in Ukraine has been feared dead for weeks after he went missing while the Kremlin remains silent on his whereabouts.
Nearly two weeks after the 56-year-old’s last appearance, his absence from his glamorous wife Anna’s birthday continues to fuel rumors that ‘General Armageddon’ has been killed.
According to various reports, Surovkin was arrested and interrogated last month shortly after he published a short video calling on the mercenaries to end their uprising.
He was rumored to have knowledge of Wagner’s plan to overthrow Russia’s top military leaders – a claim US intelligence sources confirmed to the New York Times.
If the brutal warmonger is still alive and found guilty, he faces a charge of treason and a prison sentence of up to 20 years.
A source told the Moscow Times: “Apparently he has [Surovikin] chose the side [of Prigozhin during the rebellion]and they grabbed him by the balls.
Another source close to the Russian Defense Ministry confirmed his arrest but said details were not even discussed internally.
Surovikin’s whereabouts remain unknown due to conflicting theories.
However, a former national security adviser to Georgia claimed that “things are not going well for Surovikin,” especially after he missed his wife’s July 4th birthday.
The Russia Expert Giorgi Revishvili also added that Surovikin’s family “have stopped communicating even with the general’s very close friends and colleagues.”
“General Armageddon” took over Putin’s faltering war in Ukraine in October, fearing he would replicate the tactics he used in Syria.
He owes his chilling nickname to his bloody role in the war-ravaged Middle Eastern country, when troops under his command killed thousands of civilians and leveled the city of Aleppo.
He made his “blood-soaked” fortune with gas, barrel bombs and other horrific weapons of war, investigators previously told The Sun Online.
Meanwhile, Wagner boss Prigozhin – Surovikin’s alleged sidekick – has also not been seen since he was shipped off to Belarus to begin his exile after his botched rebellion.
Vlad’s former lapdog staged an armed uprising on June 23 with the stated aim of overthrowing Russia’s military leader when he turned on Moscow’s top politicians.
However, the simmering uprising was crushed after Prigozhin negotiated a bitter deal with Vladimir Putin, ending a stunning 36-hour standoff that saw Wagner troops move within 200 kilometers of the capital.
It was widely believed that he was hiding in Belarus, which is believed to be Putin’s puppet state.
However, the warlord appears to have gone into hiding and his whereabouts remain unknown, while the Kremlin has declined to comment on his whereabouts.
The mystery intensified when Belarusian head of state Alexander Lukashenko surprisingly announced that the Wagner boss was not in his country but in Russia.
The dictator said: “As for Prigozhin, he is in St. Petersburg. He is not on the territory of Belarus.”
In response, the Kremlin bizarrely declared that it would “not follow” the movements of Putin’s number one enemy.
Instead, Russian security forces searched his chic villa in St. Petersburg.
The extraordinary images released on Wednesday showed a house full of gold bars, guns, sledgehammers and even a framed photograph with severed heads.
A business jet linked to Prigozhin flew from St. Petersburg to Moscow on Wednesday and was en route to southern Russia on Thursday, flight tracking data shows.
However, it was not clear whether the mercenary chief was on board – if he were, it would violate the terms of exile set by Putin.
Prigozhin reportedly left the country after picking up his belongings from St. Petersburg last week, although these claims have not been confirmed.