Viktor Yerin

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Viktor Fyodorovich Yerin
Виктор Фёдорович Ерин
Minister of Internal Affairs
In office
15 January 1992 – 30 June 1995
President Boris Yeltsin
Preceded by Andrey Dunayev
Succeeded by Anatoly Kulikov
Personal details
Born (1944-01-17) January 17, 1944 (age 74)
Kazan, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Nationality Russian
Children Leonid Yerin
Alma mater Higher School of the MVD
Military service
Allegiance  Soviet Union
Service/branch MVD emblem.png Ministry of Internal Affairs
Years of service 1964—2000
Rank General of the Army

Viktor Fyodorovich Yerin (Russian: Виктор Фёдорович Ерин, born 17 January 1944, Kazan, Russian SFSR) is a Russian politician and General of the Army who served as the country's first post-Soviet Minister of Internal Affairs (1992—1995). Hero of the Russian Federation (1993).


Viktor Yerin began his career in Soviet security forces (police). Working in Tatarstan police, he participated in investigating especially dangerous criminal bands. Since 1991 Yerin served as the first deputy minister of interior of the RSFSR. In January 1992, he became Russia's interior minister. In November 1992, he led an operative staff for re-establishing constitutional order in the Ossetian-Ingush conflict region. From December 1994 to January 1995 he was in charge of the activities of the Russian interior ministry troops in Chechnya. On 30 June 1995, after the failed operation to free hostages taken by Chechen terrorists in Budyonnovsk, Yerin had to resign (as did the then-FSB director Stepashin). On 5 July 1995, Yerin was assigned the position of deputy director of Russia's Foreign Intelligence Service.

In 1993, Viktor Yerin was awarded the title Hero of the Russian Federation for his part in quelling the anti-Yeltsin rebellion in October 1993 [1]. He was previously awarded: