Dmitry Shuvayev

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Dmitry Shuvayev
Дмитрий Савельевич Шуваев
Dmitry Shuvaev.jpg
Minister of War of Russia
In office
15 March 1916 – 3 January 1917
MonarchNicholas II
Preceded byAlexei Polivanov
Succeeded byMikhail Belyaev
Personal details
Born(1854-10-24)24 October 1854
Ufa, Ufa Governorate, Russian Empire
Died19 December 1937(1937-12-19) (aged 83)
Lipetsk, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
EducationGeneral Staff Academy
Military service
Allegiance Russian Empire
 Soviet Union
Branch/serviceRussian Empire Imperial Russian Army
Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic Red Army
Years of service1872–1926
RankGeneral of the Infantry
Battles/warsWorld War I
Russian Civil War
AwardsSaint vladimir (bande).png Order of St. Vladimir
Order White Eagle (Russia) ribbon.svg Order of the White Eagle
Order of Saint Anne Ribbon.PNG Order of St. Anna
Band to Order St Stanislav.png Order of St. Stanislaus

Dmitry Savelyevich Shuvayev (Russian: Дмитрий Савельевич Шуваев; 24 October [O.S. 12 October] 1854 – 19 December 1937) was a Russian military leader, Infantry General (1912) and Minister of War (1916).


Dmitry Shuvayev graduated from Alexander Military School in 1872. Between 1873 and 1875, he participated in campaigns in Central Asia. He left General Staff Academy in 1878. In 1879, he became a professor at the military school in Kiev.

He used to command a division (1905) and a corps (1907-1908). In 1909, Shuvayev was appointed head of Chief Quartermaster Department and chief quartermaster. He then held a post of Chief Field Quartermaster between December 1915 and March 1916.

Shuvayev was appointed minister of war on 15 March 1916, succeeding Alexei Polivanov. In this role he supported with Mitrofan Voronkov and Vladimir Groman, was regards setting the fixed price for grain: Voronkov and Groman argued for fixing prices at a lower value, but the minister Aleksei Bobrinsky, a spokesperson for landed interest, at first succeeded in ensuring the prices were set quite high. However when Shuvayev became involved, Bobrinsky's policy was overthrown and Voronkov became a much quoted spokesperson on the topic.[1] On 3 January 1917 he was appointed to the State Council and succeeded by Mikhail Belyaev. After the October Revolution, Shuvayev served in the Red Army as a commander from 1918 to 1926 and taught at different military schools.

His son, Aleksandr Shuvayev, led the 4th Red Army in the Battle of Warsaw during the Polish–Soviet War.

He retired from military service in 1926. On 5 December 1937, Shuvayev was arrested by the NKVD. He was sentenced to death on 15 December and shot on 19 December 1937. He was rehabilitated posthumously in 1956.

Honours and awards[edit]


  1. ^ Holquist, Peter (2002). Making war, forging revolution : Russia's continuum of crisis, 1914-1921. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press. ISBN 978-0674009073.