Konstantin Kobets

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Konstantin Ivanovich Kobets (Russian: Константин Иванович Кобец; 16 July 1939 in Kiev; 30 December 2012) was a Russian Army General. In early 1991 he was serving as Deputy Chief of the Soviet General Staff for communications.[1]

Kobets supported then President of the RSFSR Boris Yeltsin during the August coup of 1991. From August 19 until September 9, 1991, Konstantin Kobets was Defense Minister of the RSFSR (albeit there was no ministry).[2] This post was then abolished.

He was chair of the Russian Government's military reform committee in late 1991.[3] In that position he developed a plan for the creation of the Commonwealth of Independent States Armed Forces. This plan was presented to a council of defence officials of the Soviet republics on 26–27 December 1991. However it was not adopted by the meeting and was superseded in any case by the effective breakup of the former Soviet Armed Forces among the former republics of the Soviet Union.[4]

From September 1992 Kobets was Chief Military Inspector of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, and from January 1995 he was Secretary of State - Deputy Minister of Defence of the Russian Federation.

He was sentenced to two years in prison in 1997 for corruption and misuse of defense ministry funds.[5]


  1. ^ William Eldridge Odom, 'The Collapse of the Soviet Military,' Yale University Press, 1998, ISBN 0-300-08271-1, p.340
  2. ^ Vladimir Orlov, Roland Timerbaev, and Anton Khlopkov, Nuclear Nonproliferation in U.S.-Russian Relations: Challenges and Opportunities, PIR Library Series, 20021, p.24 Accessed at http://www.pircenter.org/english/publications/otkh-chap1-3.pdf, 7 June 2010
  3. ^ Center for Defense Information, Transcript, America's Defense Monitor, 1991
  4. ^ Odom, 1991, p.379-381
  5. ^ Odom, 1998, p.360