First Deputy Commander (Chief of Staff) ---STAS'KOV,
Nikolay, Lt-Gen (начальник штаба ВДВ генерал-лейтенант Николай Стаськов
(FAN.RU, , 5/1/2000; Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey 17 May 01).
Deputy Commander for
Armaments --- SHULIKOV,
Vladimir, Lt-Gen (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 17 April, 2000). [заместитель командующего ВДВ по вооружению
генерал-лейтенант Владимир Шуликов.], (AgentstvoVoyennykhNovostey, 14 Dec 01).
Deputy Commander for Peacemaking
Deputy --- KAZANTSEV, Vladimir, Maj-Gen (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 24 Oct 01), died
when he fell from his ninth story apartment (Interfax 17 Dec 01).
been Deputy for Peacemaking Troops until assigned to command the force in
Kosovo (RIA 0539 GMT 1 Nov 00 ; Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 5 Jun
01). Kazantsev, born in 1953, served in Afghanistan and the two Chechen military campaigns. (RIA
0539 GMT 1 Nov 00 ). Kazantsev was replaced in Kosovo when
the duty was shifted from the Airborne Troops to the MoscowMD (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey 24 Oct 01).
KAZANTSEV was in Kosovo, PОPOV, Aleksandr, Maj-Gen (RIA 8 Nov
00), (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey 17 May 01) was Deputy Airborne
Commander for Peacemaking Troops.]
Deputy Commander for Peacemaking Troops was
STASKOV, Nikolay Viktorovich, Lt-Gen (Agentstvo voyennykh
novostey, 21 Apr 00).]
Deputy Commander for Airborne Training --- BORISOV,Vyacheslav, Maj-Gen
appointed (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 4 Jan 03).
[BORISOV: was previously the commander of the 12th Russian
military base in Batumi, Georgia's internal republic of Adzharia. "Borisov's new post was introduced in
2002. Borisov's promotion was proposed by Airborne
Commander Georgy Shpak." Borisov graduated from
the RyazanHigherAirborneSchool, served in the Airborne Troops for 23 years and was commander of
a separate airborne brigade in Ulan-Ude." "Born in the town of Ruza in the Moscow region on January 12, 1955. He graduated from the RyazanHigherAirborneCollege in 1976, FrunzeMilitaryAcademy in 1990 and General Staff Academy in 1998. He
served in the Airborne Troops and Land Forces. From 1991 to 1995, he was
in command of the 11th separate airborne brigade in Ulan- Ude, the
Trans-Baikal military district. For 1.5 years, he commanded the 2nd Taman motorized rifle division in the Moscow military district. After Graduation from the
General Staff Academy, Borisov was appointed commander of the 12th
military base. He is married and has two sons. He is awarded four orders
and medals" (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 4 Jan 03).]
Deputy Commander --- YEVTUKHOVICH, Valeriy,
Lt-Gen (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 20 Jun 01; 19 Mar 03).
Deputy Commander for
Upbringing Work --- IGNATOV, NikolayIvanovich, Col (Komsomolskaya Pravda, 6 Feb 02). Deputy Commander (Rear Services) --- MASLIKOV, Nikolay,Maj-Gen
(Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 14 Dec 01; 22 Jul 02).
Chief (Deputy Commander of the Airborne Troops) ---
SHULIKOV, Vladimir Nikolayevich, Lt-Gen (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 23 May
"The Airborne Troops
currently include seven separate aviation squadrons. Each airborne
division and brigade, as well as in the Ryazan Airborne Institute and
242nd airborne training center, have an aviation squadron" (Agentstvo
Voyennykh Novostey, 15 Oct 02).
Chief (Deputy Commander of the Airborne Troops) ---
ISAKHANYAN, Georg, Maj-Gen (Former Chief-of-staff of the 76th
Airborne Division, Hero of Russia, Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 29 Jun 01;
noted as a Maj-Gen, 16 Jul 03).
[Biographical Information, ISAKHANYAN:] "41, born in
the Tetri-Tskaro village in Georgia. He graduated from
the Ryazan higher airborne command college in 1981 and Frunze Military
Academy in 1993. He commanded a company, a battalion, was a regiment's
chief-of-staff, headed the 234th paratrooper regiment and was appointed
chief-of-staff of the 76th division in autumn 2000. The colonel
participated in combat operations in Afghanistan and in both Chechnya
campaigns. He was awarded the title of Hero of Russia in May 2000 for
courage and heroism demonstrated in combat operations in Chechnya" (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 29 Jun 01).
--- OPARIN, Vladimir, Col (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 29
Jun 01). --- KAZANTSEV, Vladimir, Maj-Gen(RIA, 1
).Died 17 Dec 01 in an acident, (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 17 May 02). --- SIGUTKIN,
Aleksey Alekseyevich, Lt-Gen (Krasnaya Zvezda, 20 Jan 96; ITAR-TASS, 15
institute is training specialists in two main fields which are ordnance
operation engineer and military translator/interpreter for airborne
scouting. Its course takes five years and establishment is 1,400 students
and 200 teachers. 300 officers graduate from the institute anually.
The institute has a special department from where over 1,000 specialists
from 31 countries of Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America
graduated. Officers from the CIS and China are currently studying in the institute"
(Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 21 Jun 01).]
Chief --- KRYMSKIY, Vladimir Yakovlevich, Maj-Gen (Krasnaya
Zvezda, 15 Mar 02; noted as a Maj-Gen, 13 Nov 03).
[Previous Chief was SHCHERBAK, Valery, Maj-Gen
(Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 21 Jun 01).]
Commander --- ISKRENKO, Alexander, Maj-Gen Appointed
(Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 24 Jul
00; Noted as a Maj-Gen, Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 30 Oct 03).
"Iskrenko replaced Major-General
Alexander Pavlyushchenko who had been enrolled in the GeneralStaffAcademy, the spokesman told the Military News Agency.
The new centre commander was born in the Ukrainian town of Krivoy Rog in 1955. He graduated from the RyazanHighterAirborneCommandCollege in 1977, the FrunzeMilitaryAcademy in 1991 and the GeneralStaffAcademy in 2000. Iskrenko occupied various posts in
the Airborne, ranging from platoon leader to a deputy division commander.
For a year, he headed the Russian separate airborne brigade within the
SFOR stabilisation force in Bosnia." (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 24 Jul 00).
Chief -- Colonel VasilyShnipov (Agentstvo Voyennykh
Novostey, 3 Feb 03).
Shnipov was born in
the Belarussian city of Vitebsk
in March 1955. He graduated from the KolomnaArtilleryCommandCollege in 1976, KalininArtilleryAcademy
in 1988 and GeneralStaffAcademy courses in
2002. Shnipov served in the Airborne Troops as commander of a
battery, a battalion and an artillery regiment. He was appointed deputy
chief of the missile troops and artillery in the Airborne Troops in 2000.
He participated in the Afghan war as chief-of- staff of an artillery
battalion, took part in both Chechnya
campaigns, and was awarded three orders and medals.
["The 7th division is "operationally" subordinate to North Caucasus military district (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey,
13 Mar 02; (Kommersant, 24 Jul 03).).]
["A mobile airborne group consisting of a reinforced paratrooper
battalion is planned to be used in case the tensions rise in southern Russia, a competent source in the Defense Ministry told
Interfax-Military News Agency on Tuesday. 'In accordance with the Russian
Armed Forces chief-of-staff's decision, a mobile group established by the
7th airborne division headquartered in the city of Novorossiysk will be
used to prevent possible attempts of international terrorist gangs to
cross into Russia from the Pankisi Gorge,' the source said."
(Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 17 Sep 02).]
Commander ---IGNATOV, Nikolay, Col
appointed, (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 25 Oct 02).
["Ignatov replaced Major General Yuriy Krivosheyev,
who quit the Armed Forces upon reaching the retirement age. Ignatov
was born in the village of Dmitriyevskoye in the Tula region on May
13, 1956. He graduated from the Ryazan Higher Airborne Command
College in 1980, Frunze Military Academy in 1990 and General Staff
Academy in 2001. Ignatov has held various posts in the Airborne
Troops. He got the title of the Hero of Russia for participation in the
Moscow events of October 1993. He commanded a separate airborne brigade
within the SFOR multinational peacekeeping forces in Bosnia and
Herzegovina in 1999. Upon graduation from the General Staff Academy in
June 2001, he was appointed assistant to the airborne commander in charge
of political work" (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 25 Oct 02).]
[Formed in December 1999. Currently stationed at Gudauta and
operationally subordinate to Group of Russian Troops
in Transcaucasus. (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 3 Apr 00).]
[To be withdrawn from Abkhazia and to be integrated into the
7th Airborne division. The surface-to-air missile brigade without two
battalions will be transferred at the disposal of the North Caucasus
military district commander (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 23 May 01).]
[Said to be in the process of being disbanded following closure of
the base at Gudauta, (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey 4 Jun 01).
However, "Ryazan, Russia, 23 June: A senior Russian general said on
Saturday Russia would be unable to meet a commitment to remove its
military base from Georgia's breakaway Abkhazia region by 1 July because
the local population was stopping the base's contingent leaving. Russia
"is determined to completely comply with the Istanbul
agreements," under which the base of Russia's 10th Airborne Regiment
in Gudauta, with a personnel of 1,045 and 400 vehicles, is to be
withdrawn by 1 July, Col-Gen Georgiy Shpak, commander of
Russia's Airborne Troops, has told reporters. Abkhazia's population,
fearing that fighting will flare after the Russian base is removed, has
been blockading the base, preventing the Russians from leaving"
(Interfax, 23 Jun 01).]
[Stationed in Bosnia. "The regiment is ordered to reduce the
number of servicemen by 200. Moreover, the regiment is to be renamed
separate motorised rifle battalion that will comprise 700 people,
including 140 officers and warrants, and will be subordinate to the Land
Forces." (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 13 Sep 01).]
Referred to as a "permanent readiness unit" (Agentstvo
Voyennykh Novostey, 3 Dec 02).
["Two armed airborne troopers made a daring escape from the
31st Separate Airborne Brigade stationed in Ulyanovsk and subsequently cold-bloodedly murdered 10
persons (mostly policemen chasing the fugitives). As a result, four
Airborne Troops divisions stationed in Pskov, Tula, Novorossiysk,
and Ivanovo, as well as the "famous" 31st Brigade, experienced
a massive inspector invasion 11-30 March" (Kommersant, 01 Apr 02).
[Supposedly to be transformed into an airborne regiment within the
framework of Armed Forces reduction (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 5 Feb
01). To become a part of the 98th AB Division during the reform (Agentstvo
Voyennykh Novostey, 25 Jun 01). Still in existance as a separate
brigade ( Ekho Moskvy Radio, 4 Feb 02).]
[Deployed in Chechnya, (Agentstvo voyennykh novostey, 17 Apr
Previous Commander --- KAPUSTIN, Sergey, Col (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 4 Aug 00).
Капустин родился в 1956
году. Окончил Калининское суворовское училище и Рязанское училище
Воздушно-десантных войск. Проходил службу командиром отдельной
разведывательной роты, командиром воздушно-десантного полка, начальником
штаба 7-й Новороссийской воздушно-десантной дивизии. Воевал в Афганистане.
Сергей Капустин сменил на должности командира 31-й Ульяновской воздушно-десантной
бригады генерал-майора Вадима Орлова, избранного депутатом Государственной
думы. Сегодня же на торжественном построении бригады Вадим Орлов
попрощался с личным составом. На ближайшие четыре года он, как сказал
Георгий Шпак, "переходит в распоряжение министра обороны". (Agentstvo voyennykh novostey, /01/00).
[(Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 29 Jan 02 ). Stationed in
Moscow Rayon, together with "a separate company on the mobile command
post security and support. . . . established at an order from Armed
Forces Chief-of-Staff Anatoly Kvashnin. The company comprises some 200
servicemen and is led by a major" (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 10 Sep 02
[Previous Commander was ISAKHANYAN, Gevorka, Col
(Agentstvo voyennykh novostey, , 07/07/00). ["Исаханяну сорок лет, он родился в
грузинском городе Тетри-Цкаро, окончил Рязанское высшее
воздушно-десантное училище (в 1981 году) и Военную академию имени Фрунзе
(в 1993 году). Воевал в Афганистане и Чечне. Награжден орденом
Красной Звезды и орденом Мужества. На должность командира 234-го
гвардейского парашютно-десантного полка назначен в феврале 1998
voyennykh novostey, 09:25 MT, 07/07/00).]
237th Guards Regiment [76th Airborne Division]
[To be disbanded during the reform (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey
25 Jun 01).]
[While commander of the Airborne Grouping
in Chechnya, Savilov served under Maj-Gen Makarov, who
was appointed to Command the 20th Combined -Arms Army in
nearby Voronezh. (Krasnaya Zvezda, 21 Apr 00).]
51st Airborne Regiment [106th Airborne Division]
(ITAR-TASS, 26 Jul 00).
137th Airborne Regiment [106th Airborne Division]
(Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey 21 Mar 01).
317 Airborne Regiment [106th Airborne Division]
[Headquartered in Ryazan (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey 22 Apr
STAFF CONSIDERING CHANGES OF AIRBORNE TROOPS STATUS (14.05.01 13:23:57)
MOSCOW, May 14 (AVN) - The Russian General Staff is again discussing
transformation of the Airborne troops from the Supreme Command's reserve
into a part of the Land Forces, competent sources in the Defence
Ministry told the Military News Agency on Monday. The Airborne Staff has
recently received a telegram from Chief-of-Staff of the Russian Armed
Forces Anatoly Kvashnin, the sources said. Kvashnin asked
the Airborne command to voice its opinion on the General Staff's
proposal to make the Airborne a part of the Land Forces. If the proposal
is accepted, the Airborne troops will no longer be in the Supreme Command's
reserve and will be subordinate directly to Land Forces Commander
Nikolai Kormiltsev. The sources said the Airborne command did
not consider changes in the troops' status expedient and made its point of
view clear to the chief-of-staff. In the response to the telegram, the
command says all main and central departments of the Defence Ministry
and General Staff supported preservation of the Airborne's current
status when the current concept of the Armed Forces was discussed, saying
that the Airborne would serve as a basis for establishment of future
mobile forces. At present the Airborne troops are accomplishing
missions successfully under the auspices of the anti-guerrilla operation
in the North
Caucasus. They are also
involved in peacekeeping activities in Abkhazia, Bosnia and
Kosovo." (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey 14 May 01).
Minister Sergey Ivanov also criticized the state of the Airborne Troops'
combat training but said they will be retained as an independent combat
arm. The military department head denied rumors that Colonel
General Georgiy Shpak may be dismissed soon. Finally, the
defense minister said, 'reports that the Airborne Troops will merge with
the Ground Forces are rubbish.'" (NezavisimayaGazeta, 06 Apr 02)
"Conjectures that, in
conjunction with the revived Ground Troops high command, the General Staff
intends to strip the Airborne Troops of their independence and to
subordinate them to the Ground Troops are serving as one of the main
arguments.Ground Troops Commander in Chief Lieutenant
General NikolayKormiltsev, though, has said straightforwardly
recently, 'The Airborne Troops should be an independent type of
troops.Otherwise they will turn into normal infantry.'"
(RossiyskayaGazeta, 16 Apr 02)