Minister of Defence (Russia)

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Minister of Defence of the Russian Federation
Министр обороны Российской Федерации
Standart of the Russian Minister of Defence.svg
Flag of the Minister of Defence
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Incumbent
Sergei Shoigu

since 6 November 2012
Ministry of Defence
Reports toThe President
PrecursorMinister of Defence (Soviet Union)
Formation20 August 1991 (20 August 1991)
First holderKonstantin Kobets
DeputyFirst Deputy Minister of Defence
WebsiteOfficial website

The Minister of Defence of the Russian Federation (Russian: Министр обороны Российской Федерации) is the minister responsible for the Russian Armed Forces. Marshal of Aviation Yevgeny Shaposhnikov was the last Minister of Defence of the Soviet Union. General Colonel Konstantin Kobets supported then President of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic Boris Yeltsin during the August coup of 1991. From 19 August until 9 September 1991, Konstantin Kobets was Defense Minister of the RSFSR, though there was no ministry.[1] This post was then abolished.

The first Minister of Defence of the Russian Federation was Boris Yeltsin, who appointed himself to the position by a decree of mid March 1992.[2]

List of Ministers of Defence[edit]

  Denotes acting Minister of Defence
No. Portrait Name
(Born-Died)
Term of office Political Party Defence Branch Government
Took office Left office Time in office
1
Konstantin Kobets
Kobets, KonstantinGeneral of the Army
Konstantin Kobets
(1939–2012)
20 August 19919 September 199120 daysCPSU Russian Ground ForcesSilaev II
Between 9 September 1991 and 7 May 1992 the Russian Federation de jure did not have its own Minister of Defence. During this period its armed forces were under control of Minister of Defence of the Soviet Union Yevgeny Shaposhnikov.
Boris Yeltsin
Yeltsin, BorisColonel
Boris Yeltsin
(1931–2007)
Acting
16 March 199218 May 199263 daysIndependentNoneYeltsin & Gaidar
2
Pavel Grachev
Grachev, PavelGeneral of the Army
Pavel Grachev
(1948–2012)
18 May 199218 June 19964 years, 31 daysIndependent Russian Ground ForcesYeltsin & Gaidar
Chernomyrdin I
Mikhail Kolesnikov
Kolesnikov, MikhailGeneral of the Army
Mikhail Kolesnikov
(1939–2007)
Acting
18 June 199617 July 199629 daysIndependent Russian Ground ForcesChernomyrdin I
3
Igor Rodionov
Rodionov, IgorGeneral of the Army in reserve
Igor Rodionov
(1936–2014)
17 July 199622 May 1997309 daysIndependent Russian Ground ForcesChernomyrdin III
4
Igor Sergeyev
Sergeyev, IgorMarshal of the Russian Federation
Igor Sergeyev
(1938–2006)
22 May 199728 March 20013 years, 310 daysIndependent Russian Ground ForcesChernomyrdin II
Kiriyenko
Primakov
Stepashin
Putin I
Kasyanov
5
Sergei Ivanov
Ivanov, SergeiFSB Colonel General in reserve
Sergei Ivanov
(born 1953)
28 March 200115 February 20075 years, 324 daysUnited Russia Federal Security ServiceKasyanov
Fradkov III
6
Anatoliy Serdyukov
Serdyukov, AnatoliyColonel in reserve
Anatoliy Serdyukov
(born 1962)
15 February 20076 November 20125 years, 265 daysUnited Russia Russian Ground ForcesFradkov II
Zubkov
Putin II
Medvedev I
7
Sergey Shoygu
Shoygu, SergeyGeneral of the Army
Sergey Shoygu
(born 1955)
6 November 2012Incumbent9 years, 194 daysUnited Russia Ministry of Emergency SituationsMedvedev III
Mishustin

Former First Deputy Ministers of Defence[edit]

  • Andrei Kokoshin (3 April 1992 – 25 January 1996); (25 January 1996 – 28 August 1997), State Secretary
  • Pavel Grachyov (3 April 1992 – 18 May 1992)
  • Viktor Dubynin (10 June 1992 – 22 November 1992), Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces
  • Mikhail Kolesnikov (23 December 1992 – 18 October 1996), Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces
  • Viktor Samsonov (18 October 1996 – 22 May 1997), Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces
  • Anatoly Kvashnin (23 May 1997 – 19 June 1997), Acting Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces; (19 June 1997 – 19 July 2004), Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces
  • Nikolai Mikhailov (11 September 1997 – 28 March 2000), State Secretary
  • Vladimir Matyukhin (11 March 2003 – 21 May 2004)
  • Yury Baluyevsky (19 July 2004 – 3 June 2008), Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces
  • Aleksandr Belousov (19 July 2004 – 25 September 2007)
  • Aleksandr Kolmakov (25 September 2007 – 21 June 2010)
  • Nikolai Makarov (3 June 2008 – 9 November 2012), Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces
  • Vladimir Popovkin (21 June 2010 – 29 April 2011)
  • Aleksandr Sukhorukov (1 September 2011 – 9 November 2012)
  • Arkady Bakhin (9 November 2012 – 17 November 2015)

Former Deputy Ministers of Defence[edit]

  • Georgy Kondratyev (10 June 1992 – 9 February 1995)
  • Valery Mironov (10 June 1992 – 9 February 1995)
  • Vladimir Toporov (10 June 1992 – 28 March 2001)
  • Boris Gromov (24 June 1992 – 16 March 1995)
  • Konstantin Kobets (?? June 1993 – 18 May 1997), Chief Military Inspector of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation
  • Matvei Burlakov (23 August 1994 – 9 February 1995)
  • Anatoly Solomatin (9 February 1995 – ?? April 1997), Chief of Construction and Quartering of Troops
  • Vladimir Churanov (17 January 1995 – 16 June 1997), Chief of Logistics of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation
  • Aleksandr Kosovan (?? April 1997 – 6 March 2003), Chief of Construction and Quartering of Troops
  • Vladimir Isakov (30 June 1997 – 2 December 2008), Chief of Logistics of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation
  • Mikhail Dmitriyev (13 November 2000 – 8 April 2004)
  • Aleksei Moskovsky (28 March 2001 – 19 April 2007), Chief of Armament of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation
  • Igor Puzanov (28 March 2001 – 18 October 2004), State Secretary
  • Lyubov Kudelina (28 March 2001 – 18 October 2004), Chief of the Main Financial-Economic Administration of the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation and Deputy Minister of Defence of the Russian Federation for Financial-Economic Work; (1 September 2007 – 14 April 2009), Deputy Minister of Defence of the Russian Federation for Financial-Economic Work
  • Nikolai Kormiltsev (28 April 2001 – 29 September 2004), Commander-in-chief of the Land Force
  • Anatoly Grebenyuk (4 March 2003 – 18 October 2004), Chief of Construction and Quartering of Troops
  • Nikolai Makarov (19 April 2007 – 3 June 2008), Chief of Armament of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation
  • Oleg Eskin (19 November 2007 – 20 November 2008)
  • Vladimir Popovkin (?? July 2008 – 21 June 2010), Chief of Armament of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation
  • Vladimir Filippov (17 September 2008 – 12 January 2010), Chief of Quartering and Accommodation
  • Dmitry Chushkin (20 November 2008 – 15 November 2012)
  • Dmitry Bulgakov (2 December 2008 – 27 July 2010), Chief of Logistics of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation
  • Vera Chistova (14 April 2009 – 4 November 2010), Deputy Minister of Defence of the Russian Federation for Financial-Economic Work
  • Grigory Naginsky (12 January 2010 – 6 July 2010), Chief of Quartering and Accommodation; (6 July 2010 – 22 April 2011)
  • Mikhail Mokretsov (27 July 2010 – 5 July 2011), Chief of Staff of the Minister of Defence of the Russian Federation; (5 July 2011 – 10 December 2011)
  • Yelena Kozlova (25 June 2012 – 15 November 2012)
  • Oleg Ostapenko (9 November 2012 – 9 October 2013)
  • Ruslan Tsalikov (15 November 2012 – 24 December 2015)
  • Aleksei Dyumin (24 December 2015 – 2 February 2016)
  • Anatoly Antonov (2 February 2011 – 29 December 2016)
  • Yury Borisov (15 November 2012 – 18 May 2018)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Vladimir Orlov, Roland Timerbaev, and Anton Khlopkov, Nuclear Nonproliferation in U.S.-Russian Relations: Challenges and opportunities, PIR Library Series, 2002, p. 24. Accessed at "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-27. Retrieved 2010-06-07.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) 7 June 2010.
  2. ^ William Eldridge Odom, 'The Collapse of the Soviet Military,' Yale University Press, 1998, ISBN 0-300-08271-1, p. 385.

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