Igor Sergeyev

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Igor Dmitriyevich Sergeyev
Игорь Дмитриевич Сергеев
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Minister of Defence
In office
22 May 1997 – 28 March 2001
President Boris Yeltsin
Vladimir Putin
Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin
Sergei Kiriyenko
Viktor Chernomyrdin (Acting)
Yevgeny Primakov
Sergei Stepashin
Vladimir Putin
Mikhail Kasyanov
Preceded by Igor Rodionov
Succeeded by Sergei Ivanov
Personal details
Born Igor Dmitriyevich Sergeyev
20 April 1938
Verkhnye, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
Died 10 November 2006(2006-11-10) (aged 68)
Moscow, Russia
Spouse(s) Tamara Sergeyev
Alma mater Military Academy of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Russia
Military service
Allegiance  Soviet Union
 Russia
Service/branch Bandera SRF.png Strategic Rocket Forces
Years of service 1955 – 2001
Rank Marshal of the Russian Federation
Commands Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation
Awards Hero of the Russian Federation medal.png Orden of Honour.png

Igor Dmitriyevich Sergeyev (Russian: Игорь Дмитриевич Сергеев) (20 April 1938 — 10 November 2006) was the Defense Minister of the Russian Federation from 22 May 1997 until 28 March 2001. He was the first and (as of 2013) only Marshal of the Russian Federation.

Career[edit]

Sergeyev served briefly in the Soviet navy but later transferred to the army, where he spent most of his career in the Strategic Rocket Forces. Sergeyev became commander in chief of the Strategic Rocket Forces in 1992. In this position he was in charge of securing the former USSR's nuclear weapons.

Defense Minister[edit]

Sergeyev was appointed minister of defense in 1997 by Russian President Boris Yeltsin. Sergeyev accepted reform within a limited budget under civilian political control. The number of military educational establishments was reduced markedly from their previous levels, which had not changed since Soviet times. A number of army divisions were given "permanent readiness" status, which was supposed to bring them up to 80 percent manning and 100 percent equipment holdings. Sergeyev directed most of his efforts toward promoting the interests of the Strategic Rocket Forces. All military space forces were absorbed into the Strategic Rocket Forces, and the Ground Forces Headquarters was abolished. The Airborne Forces suffered some reductions, while the Naval Infantry only escaped due to their competent performance in Chechnya. Much of the available procurement monies were invested in acquiring new rockets.

In December 1999 Sergeyev called NATO enlargement, in and of itself, a threat to global and European collective security and world politics. He particularly stressed the deployment and use of NATO forces out of area without U.N or OSCE sanction as a threat that devalues confidence-building measures, arms control treaties and security.

Sergeyev was dismissed as defense minister in March 2001 and was replaced by Sergei Ivanov.

Sergeyev died 10 November 2006 from the effects of blood cancer.

Criticism[edit]

Sergeyev is blamed by some for not effectively acting during Dagestan War in 1999 but is also praised for the fact that the Russian military captured Chechen capital Grozny in 2000 during the Second Chechen War.[citation needed] However, the ongoing fighting in the south of the republic caused some concern about his efficacy after Vladimir Putin became President.

Honours and awards[edit]

This article incorporates information from the equivalent article on the Russian Wikipedia.
Political offices
Preceded by
Igor Rodionov
Defence Minister of the Russian Federation
1997-2001
Succeeded by
Sergei Ivanov