Central Military District
|Central Military District
Центральный военный округ
Emblem of the Central Military District
|Founded||October 21, 2010|
|Part of||Russian Armed Forces|
|Decorations||Order of the Red Banner|
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. 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 Alexsandr Dvopikov. Colonel General Nikolai Bordanovskiy is the current district commander.
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".
Russian Ground Forces
- 2nd Guards Army (HQ Samara)
- 41st Army (Novosibirsk)
- 3rd Guards Spetsnaz Brigade (Tolyatti)
- 24th Spetsnaz Brigade (Novosibirsk)
- 473rd District Training Center
Russian Airborne Troops
Russian Air Force
- Указ Президента Российской Федерации от 20 сентября 2010 года № 1144 «О военно-административном делении Российской Федерации»
- Russia and America: Toward a New Détente, National Interest, p. 5
- Michael Holm, 24th independent Special Forces Brigade, accessed January 2014.