Russian colonel loses laptop containing military information after heavy drinking – report

According to the Russian news platform Baza, a Russian colonel lost a laptop with military information after a night of drinking.

Baza, which frequently publishes leaks from Russia’s security and intelligence services, wrote on its Telegram channel that Colonel Alexander Kuzivanov, Captain of the 1st line and head of the ESIMO research center, was “brutally” that evening at a place called Beavers and Ducks was drunk from May 18 on the occasion of the 70th birthday of a colleague, another colonel.

The bar on Pyatnitskaya Street is a fairly well-known place in Moscow.

According to Baza, Kuzivanov passed out after the second bottle of an unspecified alcoholic drink and later woke up in his apartment when his wife tried to shake him off his hangover. The wife, says Baza, reconstructed the events of the previous evening.

Probably after leaving Beavers and Ducks, Kuzivanov felt bad on the street, where passers-by called an ambulance. Paramedics then took him home.

Baza says the colonel only later realized he had lost his laptop, which contained “notes and plans for articles on military issues.” Kutsivanov then reported the loss of the laptop to the police, telling them the articles were for the Great Russian Encyclopedia and did not contain sensitive military information.

ESIMO, the Center for the Unified State Information System on the World Ocean Situation of the Ministry of Industry and Trade, is responsible for the construction of civilian ships and the study of the oceans and their use for military and civilian purposes.

The news site did not provide any information about the whereabouts of the laptop, which is probably still unknown. news week has asked the Department of Industry and Trade for comment.

The incident, which has not been cited by any other Russian news media or by Russian authorities, is the latest in a string of blunders linked to Russian officials since the start of the war in Ukraine.

Some were just as absurd as Baza’s, like showing a picture of Bonnie and Clyde in a slideshow on Victory Day in Russia, which celebrates Soviet citizens who fought against Nazi Germany during World War II.

Others were far more serious than the one allegedly involving Colonel Kuzivanov. Military blunders have plagued the Russian campaign in Ukraine, beginning with the Kremlin’s strategic blunder in assuming Ukrainians would welcome Russian troops into their country.

There were reports of Russian troops plagued by low morale and supply shortages, allegedly sabotaging their own equipment to get out of the fighting.

Beavers and ducks in Moscow
A Google street view of beavers and ducks on Pyatnitskaya Street in Moscow. Insertion of a gentleman with a briefcase.
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Rick Schindler

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