Eastern Military District

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Eastern Military District
Восточный военный округ
Headquarters of the Eastern Military District in Khabarovsk, April 2012
Founded October 21, 2010
Country  Russian Federation
Type Military district
Part of Banner of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation (obverse).svg Russian Armed Forces
Headquarters Serysheva 15, Khabarovsk
Decorations Order of the Red Banner
Lieutenant General Sergey Surovikihn

The Eastern Military District (Russian: Восточный военный округ) is one of the four operational strategic commands of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation. The district was formed in Presidential Decree №1144 signed on September 20, 2010.[1] It absorbed the territories of the former Far East Military District and part of the former Siberian Military District with headquarters at Khabarovsk.

The federal subjects that are part of the district include Buryatia, the Sakha Republic, the Zabaykalsky Krai, the Kamchatka Krai, the Primorsky Krai, the Khabarovsk Krai, the Amur Oblast, the Magadan Oblast, the Sakhalin Oblast, the Jewish Autonomous Oblast and the Chukotka Autonomous Okrug.[1]

LTGEN Sergey Surovikihn is its commanding officer since October 2013.

Profile of the commanding officer[edit]

Admiral Konstantin Sidenko is the former commander of the Pacific Fleet. He graduated from the Makarov Pacific Higher Naval School (1970–1975), the Supreme Special Officer Classes of the Soviet Navy (1982–1983), the Marshal Grechko Naval Academy (1987–1989), and the General Staff Academy (1992–1994).

He served within a ship's operations department (BCh-3) (1975–1981), senior assistant to the submarine commander (1981–1982), the submarine crew commander, submarine commander(1983–1987), deputy commander (1989–1992), commander (1994–1996) 45th submarine flotilla. During his command of the 45th Submarine flotilla, he was promoted to kontr-admiral (one star) (05.05. 1995). His next post was chief of staff of the 2nd Submarine squadron (11. 1996 -05.1998), Chief of Staff of the 16th submarine task group (05.1998-08.1999), chief of staff (08.1999-06.2000), Commander (06.2000-12.2001) Northeastern Group of Troops and Forces. During his command of the NEGTF, he was promoted to vitze-admiral (two stars) (09.06. 2001. Chief of Staff of the Pacific Fleet (05.12. 2001-06.05.2006), commander of the Baltic Fleet (06.05.2006-06.12.2007) Commander Pacific Fleet (06.12.2007-29.10.2010). He was promoted to Vice-Admiral on 12.06. 2010.

Vice Adm. Konstantin Sidenko (farthest right) in his former role of Commander, Pacific Fleet

On 29 October 2010, he was named the first commander of the Eastern Military District. He was promoted to Admiral soon after.

District forces[edit]

5th Army in Primorie, Ussuriysk[2]

  • 57th Motorized Brigade in Bikin
  • 59th Motorized Brigade in Sergeevka
  • 60th Motorized Brigade in Sibirtsevo/Lipovtsy
  • 70th Motorized Brigade in Ussuriysk
  • 8th Air Defense Brigade in Razdolnoe
  • 80th C3 Brigade in Ussuriysk
  • 58th Engineer Regiment in Razdolnoe
  • 101st Logistics Brigade

29th Army in Chita, Zabaykalsky Krai

35th Army in Belogorsk

36th Army in Ulan Ude

  • 5th Tank Brigade in Ulan Ude
  • 37th Motorized Brigade in Kyakhta
  • 75th C3 Brigade in Borzya
  • 27th Engineer Regiment in Yasnaya

Air and Air Defence Forces[edit]

Russian Navy Forces[edit]