Yeltsin sacks generals in reshuffle

The Russian President, Boris Yeltsin, has sacked several generals, including commanders of the paratroop and space forces, the Defence Ministry said yesterday.

A ministry spokesman said Mr Yeltsin's decrees had been signed on Wednesday and Thursday, and at least three senior generals had been removed, including a first deputy head of the general staff. Media reports said the sackings were part of a reshuffle conducted by Defence Minister Igor Rodionov to consolidate his power among the top ranks. Reuter - Moscow