Colonel General Vladimir Valentinovich Chirkin (Russian: генерал полковник Владимир Валентинович Чиркин, born October 12, 1955 in Khasavyurt, Dagestan Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic, RSFSR, USSR) is a Russian military officer and former commander of Russian Ground Forces (26 April 2012—2 December 2013).
Chirkin studied at the Kazan Suvorov Military School from 1971 to 1974 and the Konev Higher Joint Command School in Alma Ata from 1974-1978. He entered military service in 1978. From 1978 to 1983, he served with Soviet forces in Germany. He also served in the Baltic region, the Russian Far East, and the North Caucasus before becoming deputy commander of the Moscow Military District in 2007. He was Chief of Staff and First Deputy Commander of the Trans-Volga-Ural Military District from December 2008, and Commander of the Siberian Military District from January 2010. He then served as Commander of the Central Military District beginning in December 2010 before being named commander of Ground Forces.
His other military education includes the Frunze Military Academy, from which he graduated in 1988 and the Military Academy of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Russia which he graduate from in 2000.
His awards include the Order "For Service Before the Fatherland," Fourth Class (Орден «За заслуги перед Отечеством» IV степени), The Order of Bravery (Oрден Мужества), the Order "For Military Service" («За военные заслуги»), and the Order "For Service to the Mother Land in the Armed Forces of the USSR," third class (Орден «За службу Родине в Вооружённых Силах СССР» III степени), as well as other medals.
However in December 2013, he was removed as the commander of the Russian Ground Forces by Vladimir Putin for bribery charges.
- "Ukaz Prezidenta RF ot 26.04.2012 N. 515 O Naznachenia na dolzhnosti v osvobozhdenii ot dolzhnosti voennosluzhashchikh vooruzhennykh sil Rossiyskoi Federatsii" (УКАЗ Президента РФ от 26.04.2012 N 515 "О НАЗНАЧЕНИИ НА ДОЛЖНОСТЬ В ОСВОБОЖДЕНИИ ОТ ДОЛЖНОСТИ ВОЕННОСЛУЖАЩИХ ВООРУЖЕННЫХ СИЛ РОССИЙСКОЙ ФЕДЕРАЦИИ"), online at http://graph.document.kremlin.ru/page.aspx?1609306, accessed 25 July 2012. See also his biography on the Ministry of Defense website, online at http://www.structure.mil.ru/management/combatant_arms/more.htm?id=10336066@SD_Employee, accessed 25 July 2012.
- Biography of Chirkin, Vladimir Valentinovich, on the Russian Ministry of Defense website, http://www.structure.mil.ru/management/combatant_arms/more.htm?id=10336066@SD_Employee, accessed 25 July 2012.
- Biography on Ministry of Defense website, http://www.structure.mil.ru/management/combatant_arms/more.htm?id=10336066@SD_Employee, accessed 25 July 2012. See also biography on RIA-Novosti, http://ria.ru/spravka/20120427/636445071.html, accessed 25 July 2012.
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