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Ministry of Civil Defense, Emergency Situations and the Elimination of the Consequences of Natural Disasters

(Министерство по делам гражданской обороны, чрезвычайным ситуациям и ликвидации последствий  стихийных бедствий)

Minister --- SHOYGU, Sergey Kuzhugetovich, Gen Army, (Rossiyskaya Gazeta, 28 Feb 92 p 8).


First Deputy Minister --- VOROBYEV, Yu. L. (<Agentura.ru, 8 Sep 99).

Deputy Minister --- VOSTROTIN, Valeriy, Colonel-General (Nezavisimoye Voyennoye Obozreniye, 20 Sep 02).

  • ["Valeriy Aleksandrovich Vostrotin was born on 1952 in the city of Kasli in Chelyabinsk Oblast.   He completed the Ryazan Higher Airborne Assault Command School in 1975, the Military Academy imeni M.V. Frunze in 1985, and the Military Academy of the RF Armed Forces General Staff in 1994.   He has served in various command positions, from platoon commander to commander of an airborne assault division.   He has been Deputy Minister of the Russian Federation for Civil Defense, Emergencies, and Natural Disasters since 1994.   He is a Hero of the Soviet Union (Nezavisimoye Voyennoye Obozreniye, 20 Sep 02).]

Deputy Minister --- KIRILLOV, Gennadiy, Col-Gen, (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey 20 May 02).
Deputy Minister --- Vorob'yev, Yuriy Leonidovich

  • "Определяет основные приоритеты деятельности Министерства. Обеспечивает проведение единой сбалансированной политики развития системы МЧС России и ее международных аспектов. Координирует деятельность Российского национального корпуса чрезвычайного гуманитарного реагирования"  (emercom.gov.ru, (noted) 1 Jun 01).

Deputy Minister --- TSALIKOV, Ruslan, appointed (Agentstvo voyennykh novostey, 15:04 MT, 11 May 00).
(MChS, 103012, Teatral'nyy pr., 2, Reception: 925 07 50, 926 35 53)
Deputy MInister (Fire-Fighting Service) --- SEREBENNIKOV, Yevgeniy, Lieutenant-General  (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 5 Feb 02).

Chief Military Expert --- KONDRAT’YEV, Georgiy, Col-Gen, Appointed, (Itar-Tass 1259 GMT 2 Oct 95).

  • [BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION, KONDRAT'YEV: born 17 Nov 44 in Klintsy, Bryansk Oblast'.  In 1962, entered the Kharkov Guard  Tank School. Began his career as an officer in Germany.  Commanded a platoon and a tank company. After graduation from the  Military Academy of the Armored Troops in  1973, served in Moscow Military Oblast. 1983-85, at the General Staff Academy.  After the academy, served in the Carpathian Military  District, First Deputy Commander of 40th Army in Afghanistan (1986-88), in the Transbaykal  region, and in Turkestan Military District in the posts of First  Deputy Commander, Army Commander, and First Deputy Commander. In December 1991, appointed Commander of Turkestan Military  District. Last Commander of Turkestan Military District, appointed Deputy Defense Minister by presidential decree 11 Jun 92.  Married. Daughter, Natalya, is married to a serviceman. Son, Yuriy.  (Moscow Teleradiokompaniya Ostankino Television First Program Network in Russian 1421 GMT 24 Jun 92). (Moscow CHESTY IMEYU in Russian  No 5-6, May-Jun 94 [Signed to press 10 Jul 94] pp 2-6). Appointed Deputy Minister of Defense (Peace-keeping) June 1992. Said to have been nominated to the post of Chief Inspector of the Pacific Fleet.  It is not known whether or not this involved removal from his position of Deputy Minister.  (Nezavisimaya Gazeta 9 Jul 93 p 2). (Krasnaya Zvezda 16 Feb 94 p 2).]

[N.B. In the last days of December 1994 it was rumored that KONDRAT'YEV was to be DISCHARGED from his post as Deputy Minister of Defense due to conflict with Minister Grachev over the Chechnya crisis.  As of 30 Dec, however, no order had been seen. "In the general's view, the decision to discharge him was in fact prompted by his refusal to command the military operation in Chechnya." (Moskovskiy Komsomolets 29 Dec 94 p 1). His resignation was accepted (sic) in Feb. 1995 (Kommersant-Daily 14 Feb 95 p 1).  Ran for election as the third electoral candidate from the "Duma-96" public political movement. (Itar-Tass 1259 GMT 2 Oct 95).]


  • (VOYENNYYE ZNANIYA No 5-6, 92 pp 20-21).


Chief --- ZAKIROV, Rafail, Lieutenant-General (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 13 Nov 02).


Chief --- KHOMENKO, Aleksandr Petrovich, (VOYENNYYE ZNANIYA No 1, Jan 93 pp 18-19).

Center-81  [MChS]

  • [Involved in September 2000 exercise to test security at the Siberian Chemical Combine (Nezavisimaya Gazeta 17 Oct 00).


Chief --- SYCHEV, Vladilen Ivanovich, Col-Gen (Krasnaya Zvezda, 6 Dec 02).

["Сычев Владилен Иванович родился 6 октября 1945 года в городе Одесса. Окончил Ульяновское высшее командное танковое училище, Военную академию бронетанковых войск им. Р.Я. Малиновского, Военную академию Генерального штаба им. К.Е. Ворошилова. Прошел должности от командира учебного танкового взвода до командующего армией. В декабре 1994 года назначен начальником Академии гражданской защиты МЧС России. Доктор социологических наук, профессор" (Krasnaya Zvezda, 6 Dec 02).]


Civil Defense Troops Staff

Deputy Chief of Staff of Civil Defense Troops --- ANTONOV, Yu.P., Maj-Gen, (Moscow Russian Television and Dubl Networks in Russian 0206 GMT 6 Feb 94).

Kemerovo Civil Defense Regiment

  • [Civil Defense Troops] (Krasnaya Zvezda 19 May 93 p 2).

Committee for Emergencies

  • [Total membership of 27, to include representatives from all the ministries and main departments, as well as nine chiefs of  regional centers. A collective decision-making  body of 15 is being set up to exercise mobile  control over the committee's operations, which are to  include all deputy MCHS chairmen and the chiefs of  central an main directorates and establishments subordinate to  the Committee. (Krasnaya Zvezda 9 Jan 93 p 3).]

Early Warning System and Actions in Emergency Situations, Directorate for

Chief --- NOVOZHILOV, Vyacheslav, Col, (Krasnaya Zvezda 26 May 93 p 2).

Emergency Prevention Department

  • ["The Emergency Prevention Department is to organize and  coordinate activities of ministries and other departments,  concerns, corporations, and organizations in Russia, and  of regional centers of our Committee, in the resolution of  problems related to industrial safety and survivability of  industrial, power, and transportation facilities." (Moscow VOYENNYYE ZNANIYA  in Russian No 5-6, 92 pp 20-21).]

Finance Department

  • (Moscow VOYENNYYE ZNANIYA  in Russian No 5-6, 92 pp 20-21).
Independent Systems Analysis Dept. [Civil Defense Finance Dept.]
  • ["The Independent System Analysis Department is responsible for coordination efforts related to the creation and continuing development of the Russian Emergency Prevention and Action System [RSChS], prediction of possible dangers and aftermaths of emergencies, and the creation and improvement of information systems, communications, and provision of data to the RSChS." (Moscow VOYENNYYE ZNANIYA in Russian No 5-6, 92 pp 20-21).]
  • Inspectorate

Chief --- KUDINOV, Sergey Mikhaylovich, (Moscow VOYENNYYE ZNANIYA  in Russian No 1, Jan 93 pp 18-19).

Fire-Fighting Service

Chief --- SEREBENNIKOV, Yevgeniy, Lieutenant-General  (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 5 Feb 02).

  • ["Serebrennikov was born in the city of Karaganda, Kazakhstan, in 1954. He graduated from the Interior Ministry higher engineering fire-fighting technical college (now Academy of the State Fire Fighting Service). In 1995, he became head of the Interior Ministry's main fire-fighting service department. The service was transferred to the Emergencies Ministry on January 1, 2002" (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 5 Feb 02).]

Protection of the Population, Dept. for [MChS]

Scientific/Technical Directorate  [MChS]

  • ["Has responsibility for the development and implementation of Russian MCHS technical policy in the area of prevention and cleanup after emergencies falls to the Scientific and Technical Administration." (Moscow VOYENNYYE ZNANIYA in Russian No 5-6, 92 pp 20-21).]

 [Former Centrally Subordinated Elements Transferred to the Committee] [MCHS]

  •  (Rossiyskaya Gazeta 25 Dec 91 p 3).

 --1.151 The USSR Civil Defense Information Center (No. 1 Vatutina Street, Moscow ).
 --2.630 The USSR Civil Defense All-Union Center for Observation and Laboratory Monitoring (No. 45 Molodogvardeyskaya Street, Moscow ).
 --3.42 The USSR Civil Defense All-Union Scientific Research Institute, including the institute building under construction at No. 7 Davydkovskaya Street.
 --4.37 The USSR Civil Defense Higher Central Courses for Training Leading Personnel for the USSR Civil Defense (Novogorsk , Moscow Oblast).
 --5.830 Independent Motorized Battalion (Noginsk , Moscow Oblast).
 --6. The USSR Civil Defense Central Command Post (Moscow Oblast, Ruzskiy Rayon).
 --7.391 The USSR Civil Defense Backup Central Command Post (Bolshaya Filevskaya Street, Moscow).
 --8.626 The USSR Civil Defense Computer Center (Moscow Oblast', Ruzskiy Rayon).
 --9.138 The USSR Civil Defense Central Laboratory for Measurement Equipment (Novogorsk , Moscow Oblast').
 --10.271 The USSR Civil Defense Chief's Independent Control Support Battalion (Bolshaya Filevskaya Street, Moscow).
 --11.72 The USSR Civil Defense Central Polyclinic (No. 1 Vatutina Street, Moscow).
 --12.495 The USSR Civil Defense Headquarters Computing and Analytical Station (Moscow Oblast, Ruzskiy Rayon).
 --13.688 The USSR Civil Defense Chief's Independent Mobile Control Battalion (Moscow Oblast', Ruzskiy Rayon).
 --14. The buildings and installations of the headquarters and control of the USSR Civil Defense Chief (No. 1 Vatutina Street, Moscow). (Rossiyskaya Gazeta 25 Dec 91 p 3).


  •  [The former All-Union Scientific Research Civil Defense Institute of the USSR. (Krasnaya Zvezda 9 Jan 93 p 3).]


 (Krasnaya Zvezda 17 Dec 93 p 1).


 (Krasnaya Zvezda 9 Jan 93 p 3).

  •  ["It is planned to set up additional structural subdivisions within the tables of organization of these regional centers and at civil defense headquarters. Their numerical strength is therefore being increased by 694 slots, including 257 military slots." (Krasnaya Zvezda 9 Jan 93 p 3).]

 Northwest Regional Center (St. Petersburg and Leningrad Oblast')

 Chief of Staff --- DENISOV, Anatoliy Sergeyevich, Lt-Gen, (St Petersburg Teleradiokompaniya Peterburg Television Network in Russian 1720 GMT 27 Mar 92).

Central Regional Center (Moscow)

 (Krasnaya Zvezda 9 Jan 93 p 3).

 North Caucasus Regional Center (Rostov-on-don)

  (Krasnaya Zvezda 9 Jan 93 p 3).

 Volga Regional Center (Samara)

 (Krasnaya Zvezda 9 Jan 93 P 3).

 Ural Regional Center (Yekaterinburg)

  (Krasnaya Zvezda 9 Jan 93 p 3).

 Western Siberia Regional Center (Novosibirsk)

 (Krasnaya Zvezda 9 Jan 93 p 3).

 Eastern Siberia Regional Center (Krasnoyarsk)

 (Krasnaya Zvezda 9 Jan 93 p 3).

 Transbaykal Regional Center (Chita)

 (Krasnaya Zvezda 9 Jan 93 p 3).

 Far East Regional Center (Khabarovsk)

 (Krasnaya Zvezda 9 Jan 93 p 3).


 (Krasnaya Zvezda 13 Jan 94 p 2).

[Administrative Notes] [Top]

  • [Though this agency existed during 1991, the Decree setting out its functions, wages, finances, etc. was not issued until December of 1991. A State Committee was to take over all Civil Defense organizations (including military) within what was the RSFSR, as of 1 Dec 1991. (Rossiyskaya Gazeta 25 Dec 91 p 3).
  • [Formerly subordinate directly to the President. Central staff of 582, including 150 military employees from the former USSR Civil Defense Staff. (Krasnaya Zvezda 9 Jan 93 p 3).]
  • [There are 9 regional centers. In addition to Moscow and St. Petersburg, they  function in Samara, Rostov-na-Donu, Yekaterinburg, Novosibirsk, KrasnoyarskChita and Khabarovsk. (Moscow ROSSIYSKAYA GAZETA  in Russian 28 Feb 92 p 8).]
  • ["...administration of civil defense in republics of the  Russian Federation; in krays, oblasts, autonomous  formations, rayons, and cities; in ministries and  departments of the Russian Federation; and in institutions,  organizations, and enterprises, regardless of their form of ownership, is entrusted to the appropriate administrators of the organs of executive  authority, ministries, departments, institutions, organizations, and  enterprises.
  • ["It is established that the administrators mentioned are to hold the position of chiefs of civil defense in the corresponding republics of the Russian Federation; in the krays, oblasts, autonomous formations, rayons, and cities; in the ministries and departments; and in the institutions, organizations, and enterprises concerned." (Moscow ROSSIYSKAYA GAZETA  in Russian 15 May 93 p 14).]
  • [Changed from State Committee to Ministry January 1994 (Krasnaya Zvezda 13 Jan 94 p 2). "...several more state committees were transferred to it along with individual staffers from individual special services." Includes the former State Committee for Social Protection of the Citizens and Rehabilitation of the Territories Damaged by Chernobyl and Other Radiation Catastrophes [Goskomchernobyl] and the State Committee for Special Purpose Underwater Operations."  (Krasnaya Zvezda 17 Dec 93 p 1).]
  • [Uniforms have an equilateral blue triangle against an orange background (Moskovskiy Komsomolets 29 Oct 93 p 1).]
  • [[Vorob'yev] [Personnel]  "The central apparatus of the MChS will be at most 1,000 people and the total composition of all our Russian services, including the Civil Defense Troops, will be around 30,000. ...Each of the departments transferred to our jurisdiction will take the form of a main committee with around 60-70 people (the apparatus of Goskomchernobyl had 230 staffers)." (Krasnaya Zvezda 17 Dec 93 p 1).]
  • [The Chairman of the RF Government is ex officio Chief of Civil Defense of the Russian Federation (Rossiyskaya Gazeta 15 Jun 96 p 5).
  • [According to Russian Federation Presidential Edict No. 784 dated 27 May 1996:  "Questions of the Civil Defense of the Russian Federation," “in 1996 the Russian Federation Civil Defense Troops [are to be] be brought up to strength at 28,900 people, including 23,800 servicemen.  By the year 2000, that the total strength of the Russian Federation Civil Defense Troops be brought up to 55,000, including 50,000 servicemen.” (Rossiyskaya Gazeta 15 Jun 96 p 5).]

[In line with a presidential decree, the Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations is to treble its numerical strength by the year 2000 (INTERFAX 1045 GMT 26 Dec 95).]