Anatoly Kvashnin

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Anatoly Vasiliyevich Kvashnin
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Born (1949-08-15) 15 August 1949 (age 69)
Ufa, Bashkir ASSR, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Allegiance Soviet Union
 Russia
Service/branchBanner of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation (obverse).svg Armed Forces of the Russian Federation
Years of service1969 – 2004
RankArmy General
Commands heldGeneral Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation
Other workPresidential Envoy to the Siberian Federal District

General of the Army Anatoly Vasiliyevich Kvashnin (Russian: Анатолий Васильевич Квашнин; born 15 August 1949, 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. It was reported that he commanded the 78th Tank Division in the Central Asia Military District from 1982 to 1987.[1] He graduated from the USSR Armed Forces General Staff 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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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 Drachevsky
Presidential Envoy to the Siberian Federal District
September 9, 2004 – September 9, 2010
Succeeded by
Viktor Tolokonsky