23 December 2003

Directory of RF Defense Related Agencies and Personnel


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Editor's Notes


Chief --- MAZURKEVICH, Anatoliy, Col-Gen (- ) (Krasnaya Zvezda, 17 July 2001; Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 21 Mar 03).

[M. was previously the Chief of the MoD Directorate for External Relations. "According to the Western special services, Mazurkevich is a GRU career staffer, who set up an effective network of agents in the North American continent during his years spent working abroad, a network that has still not been exposed by U.S. counterintelligence and is still operating successfully.  It is no coincidence that when the question of Mazurkevich's appointment as defense attaché at the Russian Embassy in the United States was being decided a few months ago the FBI raised a howl.  The matter was reported to the U.S. President personally.  The Americans concluded that Mazurkevich's assignment to the United States aimed to sharply step up Russian military intelligence's activity on U.S. territory ahead of the start of work on the deployment of national missile defense" (Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 19 Jul 01).]
[Previous Chief,  IVASHOV, Leonid Grigor'yevich, Col-Gen (Izvestiya 3 Oct 96 p 1), noted as a Col-Gen, (Russian Television Network, 5 Jan 98),  according to MoD Ivanov, "will be offered another no less important post within the structure of the Armed Forces" (Krasnaya Zvezda, 17 July 01).]

 [The Directorate was transferred to direct subordination to the Ministry of Defense (as opposed to the General Staff) as of 1 Oct. 1996 by Presidential decree.  (Military News Bulletin, March 1997).]

 [The department deals with the delivery of armaments and the movement of military experts for work abroad. (NEW TIMES, 19-25 Feb 91).  The Department also selects and trains cadres for the GIU and GTU  (military advisors and specialists).) (Novoye Vremya, Apr 92).]

First Deputy Chief --- [POSITION ABOLISHED -- "The abolished position was held by Colonel General Valentin Bogdanchikov for five years. Bogdanchikov supervised the activities of Russian military advisors and specialists in foreign nations, as well as several other spheres. According to
the source, the general has been withdrawn from the department and will not be appointed its deputy chief. This position has been vacated by Lieutenant General Nikolai Zlenko who reached the retirement age (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey 8 Nov 01).]

  • [Previous first Deputy, ZLENKO, Nikolay, Lt-Gen (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey 10 May 01), retired due to age (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 8 Nov 01).]

Deputy Chief --- CHERNENKO, Viktor I., Lieutenant-General (Military News Bulletin No 011, 1 Nov 02).

  • [Born on July 24, 1948 in the village of Sverdlikovo, Kursk Region, he graduated from the Tashkent Higher Tank Command School (1970), the Military Academy of the Armour (1980), and the Military Academy of the General Staff of the Soviet Armed Forces (1987). He served in the Group of Soviet Forces in Germany and the Siberian and Leningrad military districts. Since 1987 he had served in the General Staff and in 1990 was dispatched to the Main Directorate of International Military Cooperation.  He was appointed Deputy Head of the Main Directorate of International Military Cooperation of the Defence Ministry by presidential decree of September 2, 2002 (Military News Bulletin No 011, 1 Nov 02).]

Deputy Chief of a Sector --- CHERNYKH, SERGEY (Agentstvo voyennykh novostey, 30 Jun 00).

[Previous Chief was (Deputy Chief of General Staff) KHARCHENKO, Dmitriy Konstantinovich, Col-Gen (Krasnaya Zvezda 1 Jul 93 p 3). Promotion to Col-Gen, (Itar-Tass 1520 GMT 5 May 95). (Interfax 1630 GMT 1 Jan 96).  [KHARCHENKO, BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: After graduating from the General Staff Academy, Major-General Kharchenko  was appointed Commander of a division. "...unexpectedly appointed to the position of Chief of the General Staff's International Treaty Directorate. He had never been a lawyer or a diplomat, but like Lapshov he studied together with Grachev."  Daughter married one of Minister GRACHEV'S sons.]