Central Military District

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Central Military District
Центральный военный округ
СVO Russia medium emblem.svg
Emblem of the Central Military District
Founded October 21, 2010
Country  Russian Federation
Type Military district
Part of Russian Armed Forces
Headquarters Yekaterinburg
Decorations Order of the Red Banner
Colonel-General Vladimir Zarudnitsky
Central Military District HQ, Yekaterinburg

The Central Military District (Russian: Центральный военный округ) is one of Russia's Military Districts. The district was formed in Presidential Decree №1144 signed on September 20, 2010.[1] The district includes the territories of the former Siberian Military District. Until 2010, Colonel General Vladimir Chirkin was the district commander with Lieutenant General Sergei Surovikin acting as the district chief of staff. From the next year onward the district was headed by now General of the Army Valery Gerasimov and later by Major General Aleksandr Dvornikov. Colonel General Nikolai Bordanovskiy commanded the district until 2014, when Colonel General Vladimir Zarudnitsky took command.

It was reported that a new mountain motorised rifle brigade, the 55th, would be formed in Kyzyl, Tyva Republic, in 2015.[2] The brigade was formed in November 2015.[3]

In June 2015, Leslie H. Gelb wrote that the role of the Central Military District is to "orchestrate Russian engagement in local conflicts within Central Asia, to manage Russia’s bases in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, and to supply reinforcements from its two armies either to the east or the west in the event of war" and that their purpose is to "forestall instability that might spill over into Russia and to remind everyone that Russia’s forces in the region are mightier than China’s".[4]

Component Units[edit]

Russian Ground Forces[edit]

Russian Airborne Troops[edit]

Russian Air Force[edit]



  1. ^ Указ Президента Российской Федерации от 20 сентября 2010 года № 1144 «О военно-административном делении Российской Федерации» Archived 2012-03-31 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ https://russiandefpolicy.wordpress.com/2014/05/23/55-omsbr-g/
  3. ^ Ivanov, Ivan (9 February 2016). "Приказ быстро построиться" [Order to quickly build]. Rossiskaya Gazeta (in Russian). Retrieved 13 October 2016. 
  4. ^ Russia and America: Toward a New Détente, National Interest, p. 5
  5. ^ a b c d e f g Galeotti 2017, p. 30.
  6. ^ Dorofeyev, Viktor (18 October 2016). "Шойгу оставил Екатеринбург без генералитета" [Shoigu left Yekaterinburg without generals] (in Russian). URA.RU. Retrieved 14 January 2017. 
  7. ^ Michael Holm, 24th independent Special Forces Brigade, accessed January 2014.
  8. ^ Belousov, Yury (21 May 2017). "Еланская школа профессионализма" [Yelanskaya Professional School]. Krasnaya Zvezda (in Russian). Retrieved 16 June 2017. 


  • Galeotti, Mark (2017). The Modern Russian Army 1992–2016. Elite 217. Oxford: Osprey. ISBN 978-1-47281-908-6.