List of Russian military bases abroad

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Russia has several military bases in foreign countries, especially on the territory of the former Soviet Republics. Other significant bases exist in Armenia, Tajikistan, Georgia (In the disputed regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia).

Following the break up of the Soviet Union many of the early warning radar stations ended up in former Soviet republics. Some, such as the radars at Skrunda-1 in Latvia and Dnepr radars in Ukraine are no longer part of the Russian early warning network. Others such as the radars in Belarus and Kazakhstan are rented by Russia.[1]


Country Type of presence Troop strength
Abkhazia Base on the site of the former Bombora airfield, near Gudauta (7th Military Base)[2] up to 3,500[2]
Armenia Air base in Yerevan, military base in Gyumri (102nd Military Base)[3] 3,214[3] or 5,000 according to another source.[4]
Azerbaijan Daryal radar station in Qabala.[3] Operational from 1985 to 2013 and part of Russia's early warning system. Russia paid an annual rent of $7 million to Azerbaijan.[1][5] In 2013, the station was closed and Russia no longer rents it from Azerbaijan.[6] 900
Belarus Volga-type radar station near Hantsavichy and Baranovichi (operational since 2002).[1][5]Naval communication center near Vileyka.[3] 850
Kazakhstan Dnepr radar station in at Balkhash-9 near Lake Balkash.[1][3][7] Sary Shagan testing grounds.[8][9] Baikonur Cosmodrome.[10][11] Unknown
Kyrgyzstan Air base in Kant,[3] naval testing station at Lake Issyk Kul[12] ca 700
South Ossetia The Russian 4th Military Base has 2 main compounds in South Ossetia: one on the northwestern outskirts of Tskhinvali and another in Java. There is also a large number of troops stationed in the Leningor District.[2] up to 3,500[2]
Syria Logistical facilities of the navy in Tartus[3] 150[3]
Tajikistan Military bases in Dushanbe, Qurghonteppa and Kulab. Joint use of the Ayni Air Base.[3] Okno space facility near Nurak.[13] 5,500[3]
Transnistria Peacekeeping force and forces for protection of ammunition depots[3] 1,500[3]
Vietnam Logistics base in the port of Cam Ranh Bay.[14] Although military presence had been diminishing for several years, in 2013 Russia and Vietnam signed a new military cooperation agreement.[15] unknown


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  2. ^ a b c d Lavrov, Anton (2010). "Post-war Deployment of Russian Forces in Abkhazia and South Ossetia". In Ruslan Pukhov. The Tanks of August. Centre for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies. ISBN 978-5-9902320-1-3. 
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  4. ^ "Medvedev Secures Long-Term Foothold in Armenia". The Moscow Times. 2010-08-23. Retrieved 2010-08-23. 
  5. ^ a b Heurlin, Beurtel (2005-08-24). Missile Defence: International, Regional and National Implications. Routledge. pp. 84–111. ISBN 9780415361200. 
  6. ^ "Russia's decision to close down Gabala radar station is final - Lavrov". Russia Beyond the Headlines. 2013-01-23. Retrieved 2013-09-04.
  7. ^ ""Днепр" на Балхаше" ["Dnepr" in Balkhash] (in Russian). Novosti Kosmonavtiki. July 2009. Archived from the original on 2010-11-09. Retrieved 2012-01-27. 
  8. ^ "Encyclopedia Astronautica - "Sary Shagan"". Encyclopedia Astronautica. Retrieved 2012-03-12. 
  9. ^ O'Connor, Sean (2009). "Russian/Soviet Anti-Ballistic Missile Systems". Air Power Australia. Retrieved 2012-01-07. 
  11. ^ "Kazakhstan Finally Ratifies Baikonur Rental Deal With Russia". April 12, 2010. 
  12. ^ RFE/RL NEWSLINE Vol. 12, No. 51, Part I, 14 March 2008 and Kommersant-Vlast, 'Vys Rossiya Armia', 2005
  13. ^ "Sourcebook on the Okno (в/ч 52168), Krona (в/ч 20096) and Krona-N (в/ч 20776) Space Surveillance Sites". Federation of American Scientists. 2008-12-30. Retrieved 2012-03-12. 
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