President Vladimir Putin signed out his military promotion list on the eve of Constitution Day. It included 1 four-, 1 three-, 8 two-, and 13 one-star promotions along with 2 one-star rear-admiral promotions.
KZ published Putin’s decree here. The updated list of general and flag officer promotions from this blog is, as always, available here.
Defense Minister Shoygu’s long-time former MChS assistant Pavel Popov put on army general. He reportedly has responsibility for MOD innovation policy and robotics, inter alia.
Among the promoted were:
- The chief of GOMU and a deputy chief of the GOU;
- One army and one deputy army commander;
- A military district-level air and air defense commander;
- One VDV division commander;
- A nuclear-powered submarine diviziya commander;
- Chiefs of Missile Troops and Artillery, and Electronic Warfare Troops;
- Two chiefs of regional nuclear weapons storage facilities, i.e. 12th GUMO types.
Particularly interesting cases merit a few more words.
Newly-minted General-Lieutenant Aleksey Gennadyevich Dyumin is apparently the same Colonel Dyumin who served in Putin’s Presidential Security Service, i.e. his immediate bodyguard detail. According to Vek, he travels, tangentially perhaps, in Putin’s circle of close associates. He even plays first-team goalie for the president’s hockey squad, according to Forbes. Dyumin reportedly now occupies the post of deputy chief of the GRU.
A variety of Russian social media report that General-Major Konstantin Stepanishchev was leading troops from his 23th Motorized Rifle Brigade fighting for the pro-Russian militia in Lugansk early this year when he was hit by a Grad missile, losing both of his legs. Six of his boys were killed.
General-Major Gennadiy Anashkin won his Hero of the Russian Federation award in 2008 for leading the Pskov-based 104th Air-Assault Regiment in combat in Tskhinvali.
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The Dyumin mystery grows. He’s turned up as a Deputy Minister of Defense. News agencies are saying he was previously commander of the Special Operations Forces (of Crimean fame / infamy) and then Chief of the Main Staff and First Deputy CINC of the Ground Troops.
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>>>General-Major Konstantin Stepanishchev was leading troops from his 23th Motorized Rifle Brigade fighting for the pro-Russian militia in Lugansk early this year when he was hit by a Grad missile, losing both of his legs
Callsign “Almaz”. He sent scouts of separatists to death. Scouts survived.
The colonel was beaten, taken to the field and shot the legs of the AK.
Interesting, had not read this anywhere…