President Vladimir Putin issued his latest general and flag officer promotion list on June 11 for Russian Federation Day.
The MOD promotees included six two-stars (5 general-lieutenants and a vice-admiral) and 17 one-stars (14 general-majors and three rear-admirals).
Putin’s rebranded National Guard (ex-MVD Internal Troops) got three two-stars and 8 one-stars.
The MOD promotions included:
- General-Lieutenant Gennadiy Zhidko, now a deputy chief of the General Staff. He served not long ago as chief of staff for the Russian group of forces in Syria. He got his first star in early 2016.
- General-Lieutenant Yuriy Grekhov, deputy commander of Air and Missile Defense Troops of VKS.
- General-Lieutenant Igor Krasin, deputy commander of the Southern MD’s 8th CAA. He got his first star exactly three years prior to this one.
- Vice-Admiral Igor Osipov, chief of staff and first deputy commander of the Pacific Fleet. He became a one-star three and a half years ago. He’s just 45.
Also among the promotees are the chief of the General Staff’s topographic directorate, deputy chief of staff of the Eastern MD, and commanders of the 41st and 44th Air Defense Divisions, and Novorossiysk Naval Base. Others include the deputy commander for logistics of the Group of Forces and Troops in the North-East (Kamchatka), and personnel chiefs for the Baltic and Black Sea Fleets.
As usual, several military educators were promoted; notably the chief of the MOD’s Military University received his second star.
Five promotees could not be identified in a specific billet at present.
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The promotion list file is updated and has names of 500 generals and admirals against the 730 the MOD says it has.
Find the file at https://drive.google.com/file/d/1mc3PvWSnccVsASbepTcTuU2_D1oXpXw1/view.
Was checking some names like General-Major Ogloblin of the Genshtab’s Main Directorate of Communications…he’s under arrest and suspected of participating in contract fraud with Voyentelkom execs that would have cost MOD almost 500 billion rubles. Putin and Shoygu have quieted the old fuss about corruption in the military, but it thrives.
Osipov is now a Deputy Chief of the General Staff. He seems like he might be on track to replace 60-year-old Sergey Avakyants as Pacific Fleet Commander at some point in the not too distant future. http://bit.ly/2zPaDhP.