Andrey Kartapolov

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Andrey Kartapolov
Андрей Валериевич Картаполов
Chairman of the Defense Committee of the State Duma
Assumed office
12 October 2021
Preceded byVladimir Shamanov
Member of the State Duma
Assumed office
12 October 2021
Personal details
Andrey Valeryevich Kartapolov

(1963-11-09) 9 November 1963 (age 59)
Weimar, East Germany
(now Germany)
Political partyUnited Russia (2021–present)
Alma materMoscow Higher Military Command School
Frunze Military Academy
Military Academy of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Russia
Military service
Allegiance Soviet Union
Branch/service Russian Ground Forces
Years of service1980-2021
RankColonel general
CommandsWestern Military District
Battles/warsSyrian civil war

Andrey Valeryevich Kartapolov (Russian: Андрей Валериевич Картаполов; born 9 November 1963) is a Russian politician and former army officer of the Russian Army. From 30 July 2018 to October 2021[1] he served as Deputy Defence Minister, and headed the Main Military-Political Directorate of the Russian Armed Forces. He had commanded the Western Military District from 2015 to 2016, and again from 2017 to 2018. Kartapolov has held the rank of colonel general since 2015. He is currently a member of parliament, a deputy of the State Duma, elected on 19 September 2021.


Early life and studies[edit]

Andrey Kartapolov was born in Weimar, East Germany, on 9 November 1963. He graduated from the Moscow Higher Combined Arms Command School named after the Supreme Soviet of the RSFSR in 1985, the Frunze Military Academy in 1993, and the Military Academy of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Russia in 2007.

Military service[edit]

Kartapolov rose from platoon commander to commander of a motorized rifle division in the Group of Soviet Forces in Germany, the Western Group of Forces, and the Far Eastern Military District. From 2007 to 2008, he was the Deputy Army Commander in the Siberian Military District, and from 2008 to 2009, he was the Chief of Staff of the 22nd Guards Army in the Moscow Military District. From 2009 to 2010, he was the Head of the Directorate of the Main Operations Directorate of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Russia [ru].

From May 2010 to January 2012, Kartapolov was the Commander of the 58th Army of the North Caucasus, then the Southern Military District. Between January 2012 and February 2013, he was the Deputy Commander of the Southern Military District. On 13 December 2012, Kartapolov was awarded the rank of lieutenant general.[2] From February 2013 to June 2014, he was the Chief of Staff of the Western Military District.

Between June 2014 and 9 November 2015, he was the Chief of the Main Operations Directorate - Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Russia. During this time he was a close associate of Valery Gerasimov and emphasized "preemption and asymmetric measures against expected NATO courses of action".[3]

On 11 June 2015, Kartapolov was promoted to colonel general.[4] On 10 November 2015, Kartapolov was appointed commander of the Western Military District. On 23 November 2015, he was presented by the Minister of Defense, Sergey Shoygu, to the leadership of the Western Military District and he was awarded the standard of the commander of the district.[5]

From 19 December 2016 to March 2017, Kartapolov was the commander of the Russian military intervention in the Syrian civil war.[6] During his command after an operation involving Russian aviation and Russian Special Operations Forces on 2 March 2017, Palmyra was returned to the control of the Syrian government for the second time.[7] Victorious, said he:

I’d like to highlight the actions of our Aerospace Forces, which deprived the enemy of the ability to maneuver and timely deliver reinforcements, [as well as] the actions of the subdivisions of the Special Forces of the Russian military, which conducted reconnaissance and hit the most important objects... We spent a lot of time preparing it, taking into account all the special factors that were revealed during the previous retaking of Palmyra, which allowed us to carry out the task within a short time and with minimal losses... I think the most important thing is that the Syrian soldiers and officers believed in themselves, they believed that they can return what they had lost.

Civil service[edit]

On 30 July 2018, by decree of the President of Russia, Kartapolov was appointed Deputy Minister of Defense, the Head of the Main Military-Political Directorate.[8] He thus became the ninth Deputy Minister of Defense of Russia and headed the GVPU, recreated on the same day, to strengthen military-patriotic education in the Armed Forces of Russia. On 9 August 2018, he was presented to the personnel, on 31 August 2018, the Minister of Defense, Shoygu, presented him with a personal standard. In addition to the Main Military-Political Directorate, Kartapolov is subordinate to the Department of Culture of the Russian Ministry of Defense, the Directorate of the Ministry of Defense, for work with citizens' appeals and the Military Heraldic Service of the Armed Forces of Russia.

On 18 November 2019, the Decree of the President of Russia, No. 561, Kartapolov was included in the Heraldic Council of the President of the Russian Federation.

He is a member of the Collegium of the Ministry of Defense.

At the end of April 2021, Kartapolov applied for participation in the primaries of the United Russia party. If he wins, he will participate in the upcoming elections to the State Duma on a party list in Moscow.[9][10]

Political service[edit]

Kartapolov was elected on 19 September 2021 a deputy of the State Duma, and as of April 2023 chaired the Defence Committee there.[11]

On 5 October 2021, by decree of the President of Russia, Kartapolov was relieved of his post as head of the Main Military-Political Directorate and released from military service in connection with his transfer to work in the State Duma.[12]

On 18 March 2022 Kartapolov informed other members of the CSTO Parliamentary Assembly (PA) about Russian investigations of US involvement in Ukrainian biolabs.[13]

On 10 April 2023 as chair of the Defense Committee Kartapolov stated that soon-to-come legislative amendments would make it illegal to ignore electronic all military draft summonses. If the legislation is passed, "it will limit draft evaders’ rights to drive a vehicle, buy and sell real estate, apply for credit, and leave the country."[11]

On 11 April 2023 Kartapolov made a statement to the State Duma about his committee's investigation into activities of the supposed US biological laboratories in Ukraine.[14]


Kartapolov was sanctioned by the UK government in 2015 for his role in the Russo-Ukrainian War.[15]

On 16 February 2015, the European Union included him in the sanctions list of persons whose assets are frozen in the EU and in respect of whom visa restrictions have been introduced.[16]

He is one of the members of the State Duma sanctioned by the United States Treasury on 24 March 2022 in response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.[17]


Allegations of involvement in the destruction of MH17[edit]

On 17 July 2014, a Buk-M1 missile, according to unofficial foreign experts, from the 53rd Anti-Aircraft Missile Brigade of the Russian Air Defense, shot down a Boeing 777 belonging to Malaysian Airlines over the territory of Ukraine, killing 298 people. According to an unofficial international research group investigating the disaster, Buk-M1 installations were secretly transferred to Ukraine in June 2014. The 53rd Anti-Aircraft Missile Brigade of the Air Defense belongs to the Western Military District, of which Kartapolov was the chief of staff at that time.[18] Thus, according to experts, the transfer of anti-aircraft systems by his subordinates to the territory of Ukraine and the attack of air targets over its territory took place with his knowledge and on his order.

On 21 July 2014, Kartapolov, taking part in a press conference of the Ministry of Defense, said that the means of radar surveillance of the Ministry of Defense recorded that shortly before the crash, a Su-25 aircraft of the Armed Forces of Ukraine was flying at a distance of 3-5 km from the Malaysian Boeing.[19] According to statements published on the Bellingcat website, a check carried out by international experts showed that the data provided by Kartapolov was deliberately fabricated and no Ukrainian military aircraft were recorded in the vicinity of Boeing on the day of the crash.[20] The Ministry of Defense declared that these conclusions were far-fetched.[citation needed]

On 26 September 2016, at a briefing by the Russian Ministry of Defense, Deputy Chief Designer of the Lianozovsky Electromechanical Plant Research and Production Association Viktor Meshcheryakov said that the Utyos T radar complex showed that there were no third-party air objects near the Malaysian aircraft. This statement was made in the presence of the official representative of the Ministry of Defense, Major General Igor Konashenkov and the head of the radio-technical troops of the Aerospace Forces, Major General Andrey Koban.[21] This information is an actual refutation of Kartapolov's statement two years earlier.[22]


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  2. ^ Указ Президента Российской Федерации «О присвоении воинских званий высших офицеров военнослужащим Вооружённых Сил Российской Федерации»
  3. ^ Reach, Clint; Atler, Anthony (15 February 2022). "Russian "Principles of Victory in Combat" and MCDP-1 Warfighting". No. Russian Studies Series 02/2022. NATO. RAND Corporation.
  4. ^ Указ Президента Российской Федерации от 11.06.2015 № 295 «О присвоении воинских званий высших офицеров, специальных званий высшего начальствующего состава, высшего специального звания и классного чина»
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  7. ^ "Russian military details contribution to Palmyra's retake (PHOTOS)". R-T. 5 April 2017.
  8. ^ "Указ Президента Российской Федерации от 30.07.2018 № 456 «О заместителе Министра обороны Российской Федерации - начальнике Главного военно-политического управления Вооружённых Сил Российской Федерации»". Официальный интернет-портал правовой информации. 30 July 2018. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
  9. ^ "Освобождавший Пальмиру заместитель Шойгу собрался в Госдуму". РБК (in Russian). Retrieved 28 April 2021.
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  12. ^ Замминистра обороны Картаполова уволили с военной службы
  13. ^ "Andrei Kartapolov informed CSTO parliamentarians about the tasks of Russia's special operation". Inter-Parliamentary Assembly of CIS Member States. 18 March 2022.
  14. ^ "Andrey Kartapolov made a statement on the results of work of the Parliamentary Commission on Investigation into Activities of the US Biological Laboratories in Ukraine". THE FEDERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION. 11 April 2023.
  16. ^ Новые санкции ЕС: против кого их ввели, 16 февраля 2015
  17. ^ "U.S. Treasury Sanctions Russia's Defense-Industrial Base, the Russian Duma and Its Members, and Sberbank CEO". U.S. Department of the Treasury. Retrieved 10 April 2022.
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  19. ^ "Минобороны РФ: украинский Су-25 летел на расстоянии 3-5 км от малайзийского Boeing". ТАСС. Retrieved 17 July 2018.
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  21. ^ Минобороны: Локатор увидел бы ракету, запущенную по Boeing MН17 с востока, 26 сентября 2016
  22. ^ По ложному следу: Минобороны заявило, что Киев скрывает данные о МH17, 26.09.2016