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.
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.