iktor Sokolov became the new commander of the Black Sea Fleet. He became most famous when he was in charge of the Syrian campaign. Everyone laughed at the smoking “Admiral Kuznetsov”. A video of the smoking ship quickly made its way around the web and became the subject of thousands of memes. The wretched aircraft carrier did not make it to the coast of Syria and on the way it lost two fighters.
It seems that after the loss of the flagship cruiser Moskva and the shortage of command staff such an admiral would also be good enough to run the Black Sea Fleet. That is why Sokolov, who turned the rf fleet into a laughing stock with his smoky Kuznetsov, quite logically went for a promotion.