General of the army (Russia)

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General of the army
Russia-Army-OF-9-2013.svg
The insignia used from 2013
Country  Soviet Union(1940–1991)
 Russia
Service branch Russian Armed Forces
Rank Four-star rank
NATO rank OF-9
Non-NATO rank O-10
Formation 1940
Next higher rank Marshal of the Russian Federation
Next lower rank Colonel general
Equivalent ranks Admiral of the fleet (Navy)
Defence secretary general of the army Sergey Shoygu with shoulder boards.

General of the army (Russian: генерал армии, general armii) is the second highest military rank in the Russian Federation, inferior only to a marshal and superior to a colonel general. It is a direct counterpart of the Soviet "General of the army" rank.

At present it is also the highest rank in the air force, artillery, aerospace defense forces, armored troops, engineer troops and signal troops. Unlike the Soviet Union where similarly ranked officers were called marshals and chief marshals of a branch. The corresponding naval rank is admiral of the fleet.

On appointment as Defense Minister on 7 May 1992, Pavel Grachev was the first officer to be promoted to this rank. Vladimir Yakovlev was promoted to this grade while serving as commander of the Strategic Missile Troops (1997–2001).

Rank insignia[edit]

Since 2013 rank insignia is one big star and army emblem on straps which was used also till 1997, like in Soviet Army since 1974. Between 1997 and 2013 the rank insignia was 4 stars in a row, like in the Soviet Union from 1943 to 1974.

Until 1997 generals wore a "small" marshal's star. But when in 1993 ranks of chief marshal and marshal of the branch in Russian Federation were abolished, there was no more reason for special rank insignia for generals. By the President's decree of January 27, 1997 generals regained 1943-like straps with 4 stars in a row.

List of Russian army generals[edit]

This list is translated from the corresponding article in Russian Language Wikipedia[1][better source needed]

Name Lifespan date of appointment post at time of appointment left military service
Pavel Grachev 1948 - 2012 7 May 1992 1st Deputy Minister of Defence 2007
Viktor Barannikov 1940-1995 7 May 1992 Minister of Security RF 1993
Viktor Dubynin 1943-1992 5 October 1992 Chief of the General Staff died in service 1992
Viktor Yerin born 1944 1 October 1993 Minister of Internal Affairs 2000
Mikhail Kolesnikov 1939-2007 5 May 1995 Chief of the General Staff 2004
Mikhail Barsukov born 1947 9 November 1995 Director FSB 1997
Anatoly Kulikov born 1946 9 November 1995 Minister of Internal Affairs 1998
Andrey Ivanovich Nikolayev born 1949 17 November 1995 Director Federal Border Service 1998
Viktor Samsonov born 1941 25 January 1996 Chief of Staff at the Military Cooperation Headquarters of the Commonwealth of Independent States 1999
Vladimir Toparov born 1946 22 February 1996 Deputy Minister of Defence 2002
Pyotr Deynekin 1937-2017 13 June 1996 Commander of the Air Force (VVS) 1998
Viktor Prudnikov 1939-2015 13 June 1996 Commander of the Air Defence Forces (PVO) 2004
Vladimir Semyonov born 1940 13 June 1996 Commander of the Ground Forces 2004
Igor Sergeyev 1938 -2006 13 June 1996 Commander of the Strategic Rocket Forces 2001
Igor Rodionov 1936 - 2014 4 October 1996 Minister of Defence 1996
Anatoly Kvashnin born 1946 25 November 1997 Chief of the General Staff 2004
Vyacheslav Trubnikov born 1944 22 January 1998 Director of the Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) 2000
Nikolay Kovalyov born 1949 23 February 1998 Director FSB n/k
Aleksandr Starovoitov born 1940 23 February 1998 Director of FAPSI 1999
Viktor Kazantsev born 1946 21 February 2000 Commander of the North Caucasus Military District 2000
Anatoly Kornukov 1942 - 2014 21 February 2000 Commander of the Air Force 2002
Vladimir Yakovlev born 1954 27 June 2000 Commander of the Strategic Rocket Forces 2004
Nikolai Patrushev born 1951 11 June 2001 Director FSB n/k
Vladimir Isakov born 1950 22 February 2002 commander of the Rear of the Russian Armed Forces 2008
Aleksandr Kosovan born 1941 22 February 2002 deputy Minister of Defence 2003
Vyacheslav Tikhomirov 1945 - 2014 6 November 2002 commander of the Internal Troops 2004
Valentn Bobryshev born 1945 21 February 2003 commander of the Leningrad Military District 2005
Yuri Yakubov born 1946 21 February 2003 commander of the Far Eastern Military District 2006
Konstanin Totskiy born 1950 23 February 2003 director of the Border Service 2003
Vladimir Matyukhin born 1945 11 March 2003 director of FAPSI 2004
Sergey Shoygu born 1955 7 May 2003 Minister of Civil Defence in service
Nikolai Abroskin born 1951 11 June 2003 Chief of the Federal special construction service 2010
Valentin Korabelnikov born 1946 11 June 2003 Head of the GRU 2009
Nikolai Kormiltsev born 1946 11 June 2003 commander of the Ground Forces 2004
Vladimir Boldyrev born 1949 12 December 2003 commander of the North Caucasus Military District 2010
Sergey Lebedev born 1948 2003 director of the SVR 2007
Ivan Yefremov born 1946 22 February 2004 commander of the Moscow Military District 2007
Vladimir Sergeyevich Mikhaylov born 1943 22 February 2004 commander of the Air Force 2007
Alexander Ivanovich Baranov born 1946 12 June 2004 commander of the Volga-Urals Military District 2008
Alexei Moskovsky born 1947 12 June 2004 Deputy Minister of Defence 2007
Nikolai Pankov born 1954 12 June 2004 head of personnel at the Ministry of Defence 2009
Evgeny Murov born 1945 2004 director of the Federal Protective Service 2010
Yuri Baluyevsky born 1947 22 February 2005 Chief of the General Staff 2008
Nikolay Yegorovich Makarov born 1952 8 May 2005 commander of the Siberian Military District 2012
Vladimir Pronichev born 1953 9 May 2005 head of the Border Guard 2013
Igor Puzanov born 1947 12 December 2005 commander of the Leningrad Military District 2007
Sergei Mikhailovich Smirnov born 1950 December 2005 1st deputy director FSB in service
Rashid Nurgaliyev born 1956 27 December 2005 Minister of Internal Affairs 2012
Anatoly Grebniuk born 1955 12 June 2006 Head of the Billeting and Arrangement Service of the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation 2007
Aleksandr Belousov born 1952 15 December 2006 1st Deputy Minister of Defence 2009
Alexey Maslov born 1953 15 December 2006 commander of the Ground Forces 2011
Alexander Bortnikov born 1951 December 2006 head of the economic security division of the FSB in service
Oleg Syromolotov born 1953 December 2006 head of counter intelligence of the FSB 2015
Vladimir Bakin born 1953 23 February 2007 commander of the Moscow Military District 2009
Nikolai Rogozhkin born 1952 23 February 2007 commander of the Internal Troops 2014
Vladimir Popovkin 1957 -2014 22 February 2009 Chief of procurement of the armed forces 2011
Nikolai Klimashin born 1952 ? head of the scientific & technical service of the FSB 2010?
Ruslan Tsalikov born 1956 ? Deputy Minister of Defence of the Russian Federation in service
Dmitry Bulgakov born 1954 23 February 2011 Deputy Minister of Defence in service
Valery Gerasimov born 1955 21 February 2013 Chief of the General Staff in service
Arkady Bakhin born 1956 21 February 2013 1st Deputy Minister of Defence 2015
Yuri Yakovlev (ru) born 1952 ? head of the economic security division of the FSB 2016
Vladimir Klishkov born 1957 ? 1st deputy director FSB in service
Viktor Zolotov born 1954 10 November 2015 commander of the Internal Troops in service
Pavel Popov born 1957 11 December 2015 deputy Minister of Defence in service

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