Anatoly Kvashnin

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Anatoly Vasiliyevich Kvashnin
General of the Army Anatoly V. Kvashnin in 1998.JPEG
Russian Ground Force General of the Army Anatoly V. Kvashinin during a tour of the United States in 1998.
Born (1946-08-15) 15 August 1946 (age 67)
Ufa, Bashkir ASSR, Russian SFSR, USSR
Allegiance  Soviet Union
 Russia
Service/branch Banner of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation (obverse).svg Armed Forces of the Russian Federation
Years of service 1969 – 2004
Rank Army General
Other work Presidential Envoy to the Siberian Federal District

General of the Army Anatoly Vasiliyevich Kvashnin (Russian: Анатолий Васильевич Квашнин; born 15 august 1946, Ufa) was the Chief of the Russian General Staff from 1997 to 2004, when he was dismissed by President Vladimir Putin.

Kvashnin graduated from the Kurgan Machine-building Institute in 1969 and served in the armed forces from this time. He began serving in the military as deputy commander of a tank company then moved on to hold various command and staff positions. He later attended the Malinovsky Tank Academy graduating in 1976 and from the USSR armed Forces General Staff Military Academy in 1989. He holds a candidate degree in sociological sciences, a doctorate in military sciences and is a corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Missile and Artillery Science.

Kvashnin had previously served as commander of the North Caucasus military district. As of 2007, he served as the President's Representative in the Siberian Federal District.

As Chief of the Russian General Staff he had some success in reforming the command structure for the strategic deterrent forces, but feuded with Defence Minister Sergei Ivanov and many of his subordinates. Kvashnin also proved to be indecisive at times, he split then merged the Volga-Urals Military District, combined the Strategic Rocket Forces with the Russian Space Forces and the Early Warning System, then restored their independence.

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This article incorporates information from the equivalent article on the Russian Wikipedia.

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Military offices
Preceded by
Viktor Samsonov (Acting)
Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation
1997-2004
Succeeded by
Yuri Baluyevsky
Government offices
Preceded by
Leonid Drachevskiy
Presidential Envoy to the Siberian Federal District
September 9, 2004–present
Incumbent