Ashin Chekinda helped establish the violently nationalist Ma Ba Tha and continues to do the military’s bidding.
Former army officer U Aung Ko, who is said to be close to Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, has been suffering from heart problems in Insein Prison.
Ultranationalist monk U Wasawa has threatened thousands of people in Sagaing to join pro-junta Pyu Saw Htee militia groups.
Pyu Saw Htee recruits accompany junta operations and they help soldiers to harm the people, villagers say.
Sitagu Sayadaw, viewed as a junta ally, lauded Min Aung Hlaing for giving Myanmar’s highest religious title to an ex-head of the notorious Ma Ba Tha group.
Also this week, the regime and its favorite monks gave each other gifts, and an NLD turncoat invited some unflattering comparisons.