Revised: 13 November 2003

Directory of RF Defense Related Agencies and Personnel

·Districts & Fleets

·Branches of Service

·Related Agencies

·Intell/Security Agencies

·Defense Industries


·Biographical Index

·Unit Register

Editor's Notes



Chief  of General Staff --- KVASHNIN, Anatoliy Vasil'yevich, Gen Army (<FAN.RU>, 12/28/99).

First Deputy Chief --- BALUYEVSKIY, Yuriy Nikolayevich, Col-Gen. (Krasnaya Zvezda, 11 Oct 97; <>, 20 Feb 02).


First Deputy Chief --- SMIRNOV, Vasiliy, Lt-Gen (Krasnaya Zvezda, 8 Sep 01).



Nikolay Poroskov, Vladimir Shpak, "In the event of the appointment of Kvashin as Minister the place of the Chief of the General Staff may be occupied by the current head of military intelligence Col-Gen ValentinKorabel'nikov.  Kvashnin and Korabel'nikov were wounded in the North Caucasus, both were appointed to their current posts at roughly the same time, after years of working togther they have drawn close, and often spend their leisure time together.  They say that their wives are in the same business in the medical field.  The Chief of the GRU is called Kvashnin's "gray eminence." Although, that title contradicts army tradition.  (VremyaNovostey, 02 Feb 2002).


Russia to adopt new staff structure of Armed Forces supreme command

MOSCOW. April 24 (Interfax-AVN) - The Defense Ministry is getting ready for a new streamlining of the staff structure in the supreme command of the Armed Forces, a competent source in the ministry told Interfax-Military News Agency on Wednesday. The upcoming changes go in line with President Vladimir Putin's demands concerning reduction of the administration staff and expenses on its maintenance that were voiced in his recent address to the Federal Assembly (parliament), the sources said. In accordance with restructuring plans, ranks that correspond to most posts of generals in the Defense Ministry and General Staff will be lowered, and some of the posts currently held by generals will be held by colonels after the reduction. Almost 90 percent of posts of chiefs of main and central departments in the ministry and General Staff will correspond to the rank of lieutenant general. Deputy chiefs will hold the rank of major general. A total number of deputy chiefs will be reduced, the source said. The new staff structure will start functioning on June 1. In addition to the Defense Ministry and General Staff, staff restructuring will be effected in commands of armed services, About 200 posts of generals will be abolished as a result of the reform. © 2002 Interfax-Military News Agency, All rights reserved. News and other data on this web site are provided for information purposes only, and are not intended for republication or redistribution. Republication or redistribution of Interfax content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of Interfax-Military News Agency" (Moscow Agentstvo voyennykh novostey, 24 Apr 02).

  • [Previous First Deputy  MANILOV, Valeriy, Col-Gen, was retired "due to age" (Moskovskiy Komsomolets, 02 Jul 01).]

Deputy Chief --- SKVORTSOV, Aleksandr, Col-Gen (Krasnaya Zvezda, 30 Apr 03).

Deputy Chief of Staff (Operations Directorate) --- RUKSHIN, Aleksandr, Col-Gen (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 23 Oct 01; noted as a Col-Gen,  ITAR-TASS, 16 Aug 02).

Deputy Chief of Staff (Organizational/Mobilization Directorate) --- SMIRNOV, VasiliyVasilyevich, Lt-Gen, ("Acting," Nezavisimoye Voyennoye Obozreniye, 19 Jul 02; appointed Chief, Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 16 Aug 02).

Inspector of the General Staff  --- MOISEYEV, Mikhail, Gen Army, "and member of the governmental commission on servicemen's social problems" (Interfax, 17 Jul 02).

Directorates and Organizations Subordinate to the General Staff

[Note: This page lists only some, not all agencies subordinate to the General Staff.  
For additional agencies refer to the General Staff index page.]

·16th Directorate

·Agricultural Directorate

·Airspace and Air Traffic Control

·Armaments, Main Directorate

·Construction, Main Directorate for Special

·Flight Safety Service


·Military-Memorial Center of the RF Armed Forces  

· Military-Technical Cooperation, Department for

·Search-and-Rescue, Diving and Deep-Water Operations, State NII

·Search and Rescue, Federal Directorate for Aviation-Space

·Transport Communications, Central Directorate for

·Troop Services & Safety of Military Service Directorate

·Veterinary-Medical Service

8TH DIRECTORATE (Department of Information Security) [RF Armed Forces General Staff]

  • ["Responsible for information security" (Izvestiya, 08 Nov 01).]

Chief --- KAPLIN, Sergey Vladimirovich, Col (Nezavisimoye Voyennoye Obozreniye, 14 Sep 01).

  • ["Сергей Владимирович Каплин родился 9 мaрта 1957 г. в городе Валга Эстонской ССР. После окончания в 1978 г. Kраснодарского высшего военного училища им. С.М. Штеменко служил в авиационной эскадрилье и истребительном полку ВВС. В 1986 г. закончил штурманский факультет Военно-воздушной академии им. Ю.А. Гагарина и продолжил службу в авиационном соединении. В течение ряда лет возглавлял научно-исследовательскую лабораторию Военно-воздушной академии им. Ю.А. Гагарина. С 1998 г. проходит службу в Генеральном штабе ВС РФ. С 1998 по 2000 г. руководил отделом по решению "Проблемы 2000" в ВС РФ. В середине 2000 г. назначен начальником отдела информационной безопасности в СМИ Генерального штаба ВС РФ. Кандидат военных наук, старший научный сотрудник" (Nezavisimoye Voyennoye Obozreniye, 14 Sep 01).]

10th DIRECTORATE (former)


 Chief --- MARYUTIN, Vasiliy,Maj-Gen (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 1 Nov 00).


Chief --- DRUZHININ, Fedor, Maj-Gen (Krasnaya Zvezda, 3 Apr 03).

Airspace Use and Air Traffic Control Department [Russian Defense Ministry]

Head --- KIZILOV, Mikhail, Lieutenant-General (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 16 Jan 03).


Chief --- BARANOV, Nikolay, Lieutenant-General (Nezavisimoye Voyennoye Obozreniye, 15 Aug 03).

  • [Previous Chiefs:
  • MOSKOVSKIY, Aleksey, Col-Gen, appointed (Rossiyskaya Gazeta, 30 Mar 01). Moskovskiy: “at the Defense Ministry, was, in effect, subordinated to Kokoshin, who was in charge of arms purchases, has a reputation as an intellectual manager with extensive experience of dealing with government structures, the militarized agencies, and the military-industrial complex” (Kommersant-Vlast No. 12, 7 Apr 98 pp 28-30).   First Deputy Chief of the Main Armaments Directorate and Chairman of CIS Military-Technical Cooperation Committee, (Krasnaya Zvezda 10 Apr 97; 19 Nov 97; Kommersant-Daily, 9 Jun 98). Deputy Secretary of the Security Council supervising Defense Industry Security Directorate (Russkiy Telegraf  9 Jun 98).]
  • SITNOV, Anatoliy P., Col-Gen, appointed March 1994 (Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 30 Apr 94; ITAR-TASS, 27 Oct 98; Agentstvo voyennykh novostey, 14 April 2000), retired (Agentstvo voyennykh novostey, 31 July 2000).  BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION, SITNOV: born 1 Dec. 1944 in village of Rybolovo, Moscow Oblast'. Tambov Artillery Technical School with honors (1965). Deputy Chief of artillery systems service of a motorized-rifle regiment in Moscow MD. Penza Higher Artillery School (1973).  Moved from Section Engineer to Group Chief of a Department of a military unit in Main Missile/Artillery Directorate.  Eventually moved to Head of Organizational/Planning Dept. of the same Directorate.  1968-69 military expert in Afghanistan.  Higher Academic Course of Advanced Command Training at General Staff Academy (1988).  1991 appointed Chief of the Main Missile/Artillery Directorate of USSR MoD. Sept 1993 appointed Chief of the Main Missile/Artillery Directorate of RF MoD. Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Missile/Artillery Sciences.  (Voyeninform Military News Bulletin in English, Oct 93; May 94).]

First Deputy Chief (Chairman of CIS Military-Technical Cooperation Committee) --- OSTAPENKO, Sergey, Lieutenant-General (Moskovskiy Komsomolets, 26 Jan 01).

  • [Previous 1st Deputy Chief was MOSKOVSKIY, Aleksey, Lt-Gen, (Krasnaya Zvezda 10 Apr 97; 19 Nov 97 p 1).]

Deputy Chief --- BARANOV, N. Lt-Gen (Krasnaya Zvezda, 13 Nov 03).

Deputy Chief --- GAPONOV, Aleksandr, Lt-Gen (Krasnaya Zvezda, 14 Mar 98).

Deputy Chief --- MIKHEYEV, Vladimir, Maj-Gen (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 21 Jun 00).
Deputy Chief of a Directorate of the Chief of Armaments --- Rakhmanov, Aleksandr, Major-General  (NVO 4 Apr 03)


[Responsible for recycling of material from weapons and military hardware (Izvestiya, 26 Jun 01).]


  • (Главноe управлениe строительства и расквартирования войск Минобороны РФ)

Chief --- KOSOVAN,Aleksander, Col-Gen (FAN.RU, 9 February, 2000; Tbilisi Prime-News 21 Dec 00).

First Deputy Chief --- AISTOV, Viktor Fedorovich, Lt-Gen (Krasnaya Zvezda, 11 Jan 00; RIA Novosti, 20 Jan 03).
Deputy Chief --- BELOV, Andrey, Lt-Gen (Krasnaya Zvezda, 26 Jun 01).
Deputy Chief --- GUNKIN, Yuriy, Major-General (Krasnaya Zvezda, 21 Mar 01).

Main Directorate for Special Construction

  • [Said to be subordinate to Kosovan A state unitary enterprise (GUP) (Novaya Gazeta 25 Jun 00).]

Main Housing Operations Directorate (GlavKEU) [Construction and Troop Billeting]

  • [Said to be subordinate to Kosovan.  A state unitary enterprise (GUP) (Novaya Gazeta 25 Jun 00).]

 Chief --- VLASOV, Viktor Vladimirovich, Col-Gen (Nezavisimoye Voyennoye Obozreniye 19 Jan 00; 19 Jan 01).

·["Vlasov was born on October 21, 1950 in the village of Krugloye, Lipetsk Oblast.  After graduation from Voronezh Engineering-Construction Institute in 1973, he was called up into the Army from the reserve for two years for the performance of service as an officer.   He was a deputy company commander in a military construction detachment and an associate of the Engineering Work Directorate (UIR).   After his release from the Army, he worked in civilian industry for two years, and then he once again voluntarily began military service in February 1977. He performed his service in various positions in the Baltic Military District.   He was chief of a construction sector, chief of a construction-erection directorate, chief engineer of the Engineering Work  Directorate, chief of the Engineering Work Directorate, and main engineer of the Baltic Military District Engineering Work Directorate.   From 1991 through 1992 - he was first deputy chief of the Main Special Construction Directorate.   From 1992 through 1996 - deputy chief of GlavKEU [Main Billeting/Maintenance Directorate] and, from December 1996 to the present time - its chief.   He is a colonel-general.   He has been decorated with two orders and seven medals.   He is married and has a daughter and two sons" (Nezavisimoye Voyennoye Obozreniye, 19 Jan 00).]


Deputy Chief --- LATYPOV, Oleg, Maj-Gen (RIA-Novosti, 22 Sep 03).


  • ["The deputy head of RF Armed Forces (AF) environmental safety, Colonel Aleksey Vetoshkin, announced on September 13 that the RF Defense Ministry's Ecological Center will serve as the basis for the establishment of an interdepartmental system of environmental safety of the RF force structure organizations. It is designed to provide environmental control in the military facilities, and ensure monitoring of polluted territories. It will be part of the integrated logistic support system. The system is to be completed in 2005. ...the integrated system included also the environmental units and offices of the Internal Troops of the RF Ministry of Internal Affairs [MVD], Federal Border Service [FPS], Federal Government Communications and Information Agency [FAPSI], Federal Railroad Troops Service and the Russian Spetsstroy, as well as some other environmental offices of the force structure departments in the country." (Nezavisimoye Voyennoye Obozreniye, 20 Sep 02).]

Chief --- YUNAK, Alevtin, Lt-Gen (Krasnaya Zvezda, 13 Sep 02; noted as a Lt-Gen, Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 8 Sep 03).

  • Previous Chief --- ALEKSEYEV, Boris Nikolayevich, Lt-Gen (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 30 May 00; noted as a Lt-Gen (28 May 01).

Deputy Chief --- VETOSHKIN, Aleksey, Col (Nezavisimoye Voyennoye Obozreniye, 20 Sep 02; ITAR-TASS, 29 May 03).

Environmental Monitoring Department

Chief --- Afanasyev, Alexander, (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 16 Dec 03).

"Dronovskiye" Special Purpose Submarine Unit [UI, Main Directorate]

  • [". . . one of the most classified units of the Defense Ministry. We will say only a little bit so as not to inflict damage to the state's interests. This unit is based in one of the bays along the coastline of one of the northern seas, not far from the home station of one of the Russian fleets. Actually, this unit is not subordinated to the fleet, but rather is subordinated directly to one of the main directorates of the General Staff. The name of this unit is not known to very many in the fleet. They know that it has special-purpose nuclear submarines" (Versiya, 17 April 2001).]

Flight Safety Service

Chief --- SOLNTSEV, Sergey, Lieutenant-General (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 2 Sep 03).

Chief Inspector --- BAKUSHEV, Anatoly, Maj-Gen (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 15 Jun 01).


Chief --- PETRICHENKO, Anatoliy Petrovich, Maj-Gen (Armeyskiy Sbornik, Jul 2000).

  • [Petrichenko was born on 18 February 1952 in the city of Lozovaya, Kharkov Oblast.  He graduated from the Volsk Higher Military Rear Services School in 1972, and from the Military Academy of Rear Services and Transport in 1981. He underwent military service in the positions of chief of food supply of a regiment in the Central Group of Forces, chief of food supply of regiment in the Odessa Military District, senior inspecting officer, senior officer for mobilization work, department chief and deputy chief of food service of the Turkestan Military District, chief of the 2d Department of the Central Food Directorate of the USSR Ministry of Defense, deputy chief of the 1st Directorate of the Central Food Service of the CIS Armed Forces, deputy chief of the 1st Directorate of the Central Food Service of the RF Ministry of Defense, and chief of the 1st Directorate and deputy chief of the Central Food Directorate of the RF Ministry of Defense. Since 1998 he has been serving as chief of the Central Food Service of the RF Ministry of Defense. He took part in combat activities in Afghanistan and in the Chechen Republic (Armeyskiy Sbornik, Jul 2000).]

Military-Memorial Center of the RF Armed Forces

Chief --- KIRILIN, Aleksandr, Maj-Gen (Nezavisimoye Voyennoye Obozreniye, 22 Feb 02).

Military Science Committee

  • " in 2003 the Russian Defense Ministry will pass to a unified system of control of military research in the Armed Forces. Alongside with the Military Science Committee of the General Staff, similar committees will be launched in arms of service and regional and central directorates of the Defense Ministry" (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 8 Jan 03).

Department for Military-Technical Cooperation

Head --- CHERNOV, Vladimir, (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 03 Dec 03).

Search and Rescue, Federal Directorate for Aviation-Space S&E of the Russian Ministry of Defense

(ФПСУ России          Федерального управления авиационно-космического поиска и спасания при Минобороны России ) (Krasnaya Zvezda, 7 August 03).

Trade, Main T. Directorate (ГУТ Минобороны РФ)

Chief --- SPIRIDONOV, Viktor Vasil'yevich, Maj-Gen (Krasnaya Zvezda, 9 Feb 01; noted as a Maj-Gen, 14 November 2003).


  • (Управление службы войск и безопасности военной службы)

 Deputy Chief --- MOISEYENKO, Aleksandr, Maj-Gen (<>, 27 Feb 01).


 Chief --- SOKOLOV, G., Lt-Gen (Krasnaya Zvezda, 21 DEC 00).

Deputy Chief --- MOISEYENKO, Aleksandr, Maj-Gen (Nezavisimoye Voyennoye Obozreniye, 9 Feb 01).


  • (Veterinariya, 31 Jul 02).