List of Russian military bases abroad

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Troops of the Russian 102nd Military Base at Republic Square, Yerevan during the 2016 Armenian Independence Day military parade.

This article lists military bases of Russia abroad. The majority of Russia's military bases and facilities are located in former Soviet republics; which in Russian political parlance is termed the "near abroad".

Following the dissolution of the Soviet Union, many of the early-warning radar stations ended up in former Soviet republics. As of 2020, only the radar in Belarus is still rented by Russia.[1][2]

In 2003, Kommersant newspaper published a map of the Russian military presence abroad.[3] In 2018, it was reported that Russia operates at least 21 significant military facilities overseas.[4]


Map of current military installations (excluding Crimea)

Current bases[edit]

Country Details No. of personnel
 Armenia Russian 102nd Military Base in Gyumri and the Russian 3624th Airbase in Erebuni Airport near Yerevan. Est. 3,214[5] to 5,000[6]
 Azerbaijan Since 10 November 2020, Russia had a peacekeeping force from the 15th Separate Motor Rifle Brigade deployed in the breakaway region of Artsakh. Est. 1,960[7]
 Belarus The Baranavichy Radar Station,[4][8][9] the Vileyka naval communication centre near Vileyka and a joint Air Force and Air Defense training center in Baranovichi[10] Est. 1,500
Following the Russo-Georgian War in 2008, Russia has maintained a large presence in the partially recognised states of Abkhazia[11] and South Ossetia. The Russian 7th Military Base is located in Abkhazia and hosts approximately 4,500 personnel.[12] Est. 4,500
 South Ossetia
Following the Russo-Georgian War in 2008, Russia has maintained a large presence in the partially recognised states of Abkhazia[11] and South Ossetia. The Russian 4th Military Base is located in South Ossetia and hosts approximately 3,500 personnel. Est. 3,500
 Kazakhstan The Sary Shagan anti-ballistic missile testing range.[4][13] The Baikonur Cosmodrome is rented to Russia but is now under civilian administration.[14][15]
 Kyrgyzstan Kant Air Base, the 338th naval communication centre, the 954th torpedo testing range and a seismographic station.[4][16]
Russia maintains an operational group of forces in the Transnistria separatist region of Moldova for peacekeeping purposes and to guard an ammunition depot at Cobasna.[17] Est. 1,500
 Syria Russian naval facility in Tartus, Khmeimim Air Base, Tiyas Military Airbase,[18][19] Shayrat Airbase.[18][20][21] Est. 7,000
 Tajikistan Russian 201st Military Base, Okno space surveillance station. Est. 7,500
Sevastopol Naval Base of the Black Sea Fleet, in Crimea,[5] rented by Russia prior to the annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation in 2014.[4] In July 2015, Russian prime minister Dmitry Medvedev said that Crimea had been fully integrated into Russia[22] so the base in Sevastopol is no longer classed by Russia as overseas. However, this is contested; United Nations General Assembly Resolution 68/262 rejected Russia's annexation of Crimea,[23] which Russia defended by saying it was supporting the outcome of the 2014 Crimean status referendum, in which a majority voted to rejoin Russia. As of 2016, there were at least 18 Russian military facilities in Crimea.[4][24] Est. 26,000+

Former bases[edit]

Country Details
 Afghanistan Soviet troops in Afghanistan from 1979 to 1989.
 Albania Pasha Liman Naval Base. Between 1955 and 1962, the facility was used by the Soviet Navy.
 Austria Central Group of Forces from 1945 to 1955.
 Azerbaijan Gabala Radar Station was rented until 2012. In 2013 the building itself was transferred to Azerbaijan,[25] but the equipment was dismantled and transported to Russia.[26]
LithuaniaLatviaEstonia Baltic states North Western Group of Forces from 1991 to 1994.
 Cambodia Port of Kompong Som Naval Base. Between 1980 and 1992, the facility was used by the Soviet Navy.
 China Tuchengzi and Yingchengzi Air Bases, Port Arthur Naval Base. Between 1945 and 1956, the facility was used by the Soviet Navy.

Air bases in Shanghai were used by the Soviet Air Force from 1949 to 1953.

 Cuba Lourdes SIGINT station was closed in 2002. In July 2014, after Putin's visit to Cuba, there were rumors about its reactivation,[27] quickly officially denied.[citation needed]
 Czechoslovakia Central Group of Forces from 1968 to 1991.
 Ethiopia During the Derg, Nokra is the base of the Soviet Navy in 1977–1991, while the Asmara airbase was the base of the Soviet Air Forces.
 Georgia In 1995, Russia and Georgia signed a 25-year agreement for rental of military bases in Vaziani, Akhalkalaki and Batumi. Due to the Rose Revolution eventually the Russian bases were liquidated by 2007,[28] with the exception of the breakaway territories of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. See Russia–Georgia relations.
Former East Germany Western Group of Forces from 1945 to 1994.
 Finland Porkkala Naval Base. Between 1944 and 1956, the facility was used by the Soviet Navy.
 North Korea 25th Army from 1945 to 1948.
 Hungary Central, then Southern Group of Forces from 1944 to 1991.
 Kazakhstan The Balkhash Radar Station was removed from service in June 2020.
 Mongolia Soviet troops in Mongolia from 1921 to 1927, 1939 to 1951, and 1962 to 1992.
 Poland Northern Group of Forces from 1945 to 1993.
 Romania Southern Group of Forces from 1944 to 1958.
 Uzbekistan Karshi-Khanabad Air Base from 2006 to 2012, when Uzbekistan was part of the Collective Security Treaty Organization.[29]
 Vietnam Cam Ranh Air Base, Cam Ranh Naval Base. Between 1979 and 2002, the facility was used by the Soviet Navy and then Russian Navy.
 South Yemen Socotra. Between 1971 and 1985, the facility was used by the Soviet Navy.


Country Details
 Abkhazia An agreement was signed for the creation of a Russian naval base.[30]
 Central African Republic Confirmed to be building a Russian military base.[31]
 Egypt Confirmed to be building a Russian military base.[31]
 Eritrea Logistics Center confirmed by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.[32][33][34][31]
 Madagascar Confirmed to be building a Russian military base.[31]
 Mozambique Confirmed to be building a Russian military base.[31]
 Sudan Confirmed to be building a Russian naval base along the Red Sea coast.[31][35]

See also[edit]


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