Multiple western media outlets are confirming rumors that Sergey Beseda, the head of the FSB's foreign intelligence branch – Moscow's top spy – and his deputy Anatoly Bolyukh have been placed under house arrest. The official charge is corruption, of which they are surely guilty, but everyone assumes they are being made the fall guys for the failure of the invasion of Ukraine to go as planned. If they endorsed intelligence estimates that said Ukrainians would not resist and Kyiv could be taken in three days, they certainly deserve to lose their jobs. In their defense, they were probably telling Putin what he wanted to hear, but here we see the dangerous limits of yes-manning.
Strikes me as important that the army is not being blamed, at least not yet.