Yevgeny Shaposhnikov

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Yevgeny Shaposhnikov
Евгений Шапошников
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Minister of Defence
In office
23 August 1991 – 21 December 1991
Premier Ivan Silayev
Preceded by Dmitry Yazov
Succeeded by Post abolished
Personal details
Born (1942-02-03) 3 February 1942 (age 75)
Rostov Oblast, Soviet Union
Nationality Soviet/Russian
Other political
affiliations
Communist Party of the Soviet Union
Military service
Allegiance  Soviet Union
 Russia
Service/branch Soviet Air Force
Russian Air Force
Years of service 1963–1993
Rank SA AF F9Mars 1974 h.svg
Marshal of the aviation
Commands 16th Air Army
Soviet Air Force
Battles/wars Soviet war in Afghanistan

Yevgeny Ivanovich Shaposhnikov (Russian: Евгений Иванович Шапошников; born 3 February 1942) is a Russian military leader and business figure, Marshal of Aviation (1991).

Early years[edit]

Shaposhnikov was born on a farm near Aksay in Rostov Oblast Russia. He graduated from the Kharkov Higher Military Aviation School in 1963 and the Gagarin Air Force Academy in 1969.

Military career[edit]

Shaposhnikov joined the Soviet Air Force and rose through the ranks. In 1987–1988, Yevgeny Shaposhnikov was the air force commander of the Group of Soviet Forces in Germany (16th Air Army?). In July 1990, he was appointed commander-in-chief of the Soviet Air Force.

Political career[edit]

Soviet Union[edit]

In August - December 1991, Yevgeny Shaposhnikov held the post of Minister of Defence of Soviet Union (and thus the last Soviet Defence Minister).

Commonwealth of Independent States/Russian Federation[edit]

In 1992 - 1993, he was commander-in-chief of the CIS Armed Forces. In June–September 1993, Yevgeny Shaposhnikov held the post of the secretary of the Security Council of the Russian Federation.

Business career[edit]

In January 1994, he became a representative of the President of the Russian Federation in the main arms-exporting company Rosvooruzhenie, in November 1995 – March 1997 he was the CEO (General Director) of Aeroflot airline company. He has been employed as an adviser of the President of the Russian Federation on matters of aviation and space exploration since March 1997.

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Military offices
Preceded by
Alexander Yefimov
Commander-in-Chief of the Soviet Air Force
1990–1991
Succeeded by
Peter Dejnekin
As Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Air Force
Political offices
Preceded by
Dmitry Yazov
Minister of Defence of Soviet Union
1991
Succeeded by
Post Dissolved
Konstantin Kobetz as Defense Minister of the Russian Federation
Preceded by
Yury Skokov
Secretary of the Security Council of the Russian Federation
1993
Succeeded by
Oleg Lobov