Georgian-Abkhazian Conflict Zone, Collective Peacemaking Forces in the

Commander --- YEVTEYEV, Aleksandr, Maj-Gen, appointed (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 1 Apr 02).

  • ["Yevteyev was born in the town of Volsk in the Saratov region on February 22, 1953. He graduated from the Omsk higher tank command college in 1975, Armored Troops Military Academy in 1984 and General Staff Academy in 1995. Yevteyev held various posts in the Trans-Baikal and Trans-Carpathian military districts and in the Western troops group. He headed the 38th R&D testing institute of armored equipment and armament from 1995 to 2000. Yevteyev was appointed senior teacher of the General Staff Academy's military strategy department in 2001 and became chief- of-staff of the peacekeeping forces in the Georgian-Abkhaz conflict zone in January 2002" (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 1 Apr 02).]
  • [Previous Commander SYDORYCHEV, Nikolay, Maj-Gen (Stana.ru, 13:13 MT, 26 Oct 00; Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey 17 Aug 01; was "transferred to the reserve," Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 1 Apr 02). Appointment confirmed by president Putin (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey  6 Feb 01; 24 May 01).   Sidorychev was born in the Penza region, middle straits of the Volga River, in 1947. He finished a two-year officer course at the Kazan Higher Tank College in 1968, graduated from the Defence Academy of Armoured Troops in 1976 and from the General Staff Academy in 1990. He served in motorised rifle and tank units as chief-of-staff and first deputy corps commander in Voronezh, South-western European Russia. In 1998-2000 Sidorychev was chief-of-staff of the CIS coalition peacekeeping force in the Tajikistan. (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey 6 Feb 01).]

12th Russian Military Base

Located in the town of  Batumi in Georgia's internal republic of Adzharia (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 4 Jan 03).

62nd Russian Military Base

located in the Georgian town of Akhalkalaki in the Samtskhe-Dzhavakheti district

Commander --- Achalov, Yevgeniy, Colonel (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 10 Sep 02).

Kosovo

Forces Withdrawn As of June 2003

 Commander --- KRIVENTSOV, Nikolay, Maj-Gen (Commander of the missile troops and artillery of the 20th Army, Moscow MD); appointed (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey 24 Oct 01; noted as commander, Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 27 Feb 02).

  • ["Kriventsov was born in the Kremenevka village in Ukraine's Nikolayev Oblast in December 1947, graduated from the Odessa High Artillery School  in 1968 and Kalinin Artillery Academy in 1980. Kriventsov served in artillery units of the Far East military district, Western Troops Grouping and the Moscow MD. He was appointed to his previous post in 1999" (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey 24 Oct 01).]
  • [Previous Commanders:
  • --- KAZANTSEV, Vladimir, Maj-Gen (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 ).
  • --- YEVTUKHOVICH, Valeriy, Lt-Gen  (RIA 0539 GMT 1 Nov 00 ).]
  • [MOSCOW. Feb 27 (Interfax-AVN) - A rotation of the Russian peacekeeping contingent within KFOR stated overnight to Wednesday, a spokesman for the Moscow military district told Interfax-Military News Agency. About 200 motorized riflemen will be airlifted to Kosovo from the Russian city of Tver and over 600 paratroopers whose term of service in the Balkans has expired will return home, the spokesman said. Five military transport planes of the Russian Air Force will make flights to Kosovo and back to airlift the servicemen, special equipment and cargoes in March. The second plane will leave Tver for the Slatina airport in Kosovo on Friday, the spokesman said. The reduction of the Russian peacekeeping contingent under command of Major General Nikolai Kriventsov is taking place in accordance with a decision of Armed Forces Chief-of-Staff Anatoly Kvashnin. The contingent will have been reduced by 1,300 people by the end of the year.  (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 27 Feb 02)]

1st Separate Airborne Brigade (SFOR)

Commander --- DEMIDOV, Vladimir, Col (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey 18 Jun 01).

Operational Group of Russian Troops (OGRV)   [Moscow MD]

  •  [Former 14th Army stationed in Dnestr/Moldova.  Subordinate to Moscow MD (Rossiyskaya Gazeta, 22 Jun 00).]

Commander --- SERGEYEV, Boris Maj-Gen (RTR,  7 Apr 02).

  • [Previous commander was YEVNEVICH, Valeriy, Lt-Gen Appointed 1995.  (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 21 January, 2000).  (Kommersant 21 Jul 01 P 3).

8th Separate Motorized-Rifle Brigade [Moscow MD?]

Commander --- BRENE, Valeriy, Col (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 10 Sep 01).

Ossetian-Georgian Conflict Zone, Collective Peacemaking Forces in the

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  • ["The Mixed Peacekeeping Forces consist of three battalions maintained by Russia, Georgia and the Russian internal republic of North Ossetia. Their total strength mounts up to 1,000 servicemen" (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 19 Nov 02).]
  • "The Russian peacekeeping troops were moved to the conflict zone in South Ossetia on July 24, 1992, in accordance with the Georgian-Russian Dagomys agreement on the settlement of the Georgian-Ossetian conflict dated June 24, 1992. According to the information supplied by the Command of the Ground Troops, the numerical strength of a peacekeeping battalion, deployed in the conflict zone, is some 500 officers and men. The troops are in permanent alert" (ITAR-TASS, 4 Feb 03).

Commander ---  NABZDOROV, Svyatoslav, Major-General  (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 19 Nov 02; 12 May 03).

  • ["Nabzdorov was born in the Vitebsk region of Belarus in 1955. He graduated from the Leningrad higher joint-arms command college in 1976, the Frunze Military Academy in 1987 and the General Staff Academy in 1999. He served in motorized rifle units of the Leningrad, Central Asian and Turkestan military districts, as well as in the 201st Russian division stationed in Tajikistan. He became commander of the 201st division and later was promoted to commander of the 5th army stationed in the Far Eastern military district. Nabzdorov will replace Major General Vasily Prizemlin, who will be transferred to the post of a teacher in the General Staff Academy in Moscow" (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 19 Nov 02).]

[Previous Commanders:

  • PRIZEMLIN, Vasily, Maj-Gen (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey 30 Jul 01; 19 Nov 02).
  • SYDORYCHEV, Nikolay, Maj-Gen (Stana.ru, 13:13 MT, 26 Oct 00).  Appointment confirmed by president Putin (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey  6 Feb 01).  (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey 24 May 01).   Sidorychev was born in the Penza region, middle straits of the Volga River, in 1947. He finished a two-year officer course at the Kazan Higher Tank College in 1968, graduated from the Defence Academy of Armoured Troops in 1976 and from the General Staff Academy in 1990. He served in motorised rifle and tank units as chief-of-staff and first deputy corps commander in Voronezh, South-western European Russia. In 1998-2000 Sidorychev was chief-of-staff of the CIS coalition peacekeeping force in the Tajikistan. (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey 6 Feb 01);
  • CHURAYEV, Yevgeniy, Lt-Gen (Krasnaya Zvezda 7 Feb 01);
  • KOROBKO, Sergey, Lt-Gen Promoted to Lt-Gen, (Voyeninform Military News Agency, 19 Apr 00);
  • Commander --- CHURAYEV, Yevgeniy, Lt-Gen (Agentstvo voyennykh novostey, 10:51 MT, 11 May 00). (Agentstvo voyennykh novostey, 19 Sep 00).]

Chief of Staff --- SERYSHEV, Gennadiy, Col (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 19 Jul 02).

  • ["Seryshev was born in the Kaliningrad region in 1960. He graduated from the Leningrad higher joint-arms command college in 1981 and higher academic courses of the Frunze Military Academy in 2002. He served in motorized rifle units in the Kyiv, Trans-Caucasus and Leningrad military districts.   Before the current appointment Seryshev was a senior officer in the operations department of the Leningrad military district headquarters" (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 19 Jul 02).]

Tajikistan, Russian forces in

Deputy Chief Military Advisor to the Tajik Armed Forces --- GRISHCHENKO, Alexey, Major-General (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey 23 Oct 01).

RF Defense Ministry Operations Group in Tajikistan

Head ---  POPOV, Vladimir, Lieutenant-General (Versty, 9 October 2001). (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey 18 Oct 01).

  • [Popov was First Deputy Commander of the Volga MD (Versty, 9 October 2001). ]
  • [The Russian Defence Ministry's operational groups staying in Dushanbe and Tashkent to co-ordinate activities with officials of Tajik and Uzbek Defence Ministries, U.S. Armed Forces and their allies . . . (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey 19 Oct 01).]

CIS Collective Peacemaking Forces in Tajikistan

Commander --- PIMENOV, Anatoliy I., Lt-Gen  (Voyeninform Military News Agency, 28 Jun 00).

  • PIMENOV: Commander of the CIS Collective Peacekeeping Forces in Tajikistan  Born on 25th April 1946 in the town of Volsk, Saratov Region, he graduated from the Kazan Tank School in 1966 and commanded a platoon and company in the school.  Upon graduating from the Military Academy of the Armoured Forces in 1974, he held the posts of deputy regiment commander and regiment commander in the Group of Soviet Forces in Germany, and was subsequently regiment commander, deputy division commander and division commander in the Belarussian Military District.
  •     In 1987 he graduated from the Military Academy of the General Staff of the Soviet Armed Forces and was appointed chief of staff - first deputy army commander in the Western Group of Forces.   He later held the posts of army commander in the Volga Military District and separate army commander - deputy commander of the Kaliningrad Special Region for the Land Force.   He became deputy commander of the CIS Collective Peacekeeping Forces in Tajikistan in May 1999.
  •     He was appointed Commander of the CIS Collective Peacekeeping Forces in Tajikistan by decision of the Council of the CIS Defence Ministers on 16th March 2000. (Voyeninform Military News Agency, 28 Jun 00).

201st Motorized-Rifle Division (Tajikistan) [Volga-Ural MD]

Commander --- PERMINOV, Yuriy, Col (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 2 Oct 01; 15 Aug 02).
Deputy Commander (Upbringing Work) --- RUBTSOV, Aleksandr, Col (Krasnaya Zvezda, 20 Jun 01).

  • [Previous Commander was ORLOV, Valentin, Maj-Gen (KZ 2 Jun 00). (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey 18 Jan 01).]
  • ["A sapper unit has arrived at the disposal of the commander of the Russian 201st motorised rifle division stationed in Tajikistan, a spokesman for the Defence Ministry told the Military News Agency on Saturday. The unit is equipped with engineering reconnaissance vehicles and ZM-16 earthmovers needed to construct stationary fortifications and establish permanent fortified areas in the Shartuz - Kurchan and Nizhny Pyandzh areas." (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey 28 Apr 01).]
  • ["A group of 200 professional servicemen arrived here from the Siberian and Far Eastern military districts on Monday to reinforce Russia's 201st motorised rifle division stationed in Tajikistan, a source in the division headquarters told the Military News Agency. Russian units and formations stationed close to the Afghan border are in need of reinforcement, the source said" (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey 4 Jun 01).]
191st Motorized-Rifle Regiment [201st MRD]

Transcaucasus, Group of Russian Troops in

  • [" Installations of the former 137th Russian military base in Vaziani, which a Tbilisi suburb, will be handed over to the Georgian Defence Ministry on Wednesday to Friday, while the base's military airfield is to be transferred on June 25 to 28, Major General Nikolai Zolotov, commander of the Russian troops group in the Trans-Caucasus, said on Monday. The base should be handed to Georgia by July 1 this year in accordance with the Conventional Forces in Europe (CFE) Treaty" (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey 18 Jun 01).]

Commander --- STUDENIKIN, Aleksander, Major-General (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 16 Sep 03).

  • [STUDENIKIN was deputy commander of the 20 Combined-arms Army of the Moscow Military District. Born in 1955. Graduated from the Moscow Combined Arms Command School, the Frunze Combined-Arms Academy, and the General Staff Academy. Served in the Leningrad, the Far East, and the Moscow military districts. He commanded a division deployed in Kamchatka, as well as the Taman Guard Division. He also served in the Combined Federal Forces in the North Caucasus (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 16 Sep 03).]
  • [Prior to his appointment as Deputy Commander of the 20th Army , STUDENIKIN was Commander of the 2nd Tamanskaya Motorized-Rifle Division (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 13 Mar 00; 21 Jun 01). He was "division commander for a bit more than a year. He arrived in the district from Kamchatka where he led the 22nd motorized-rifle brigade of the North-eastern troops and forces group after graduation from the General Staff Academy in 1998. According to the spokesman, Studenikin failed to achieve his aim in the division which was to establish basic military order. The Moscow Military Cistrict Council considered the division to be lagging behind after the winter training period. Colonel-General Nikolai Makarov, Commander of the district, visited the division several times in May to oversee elimination of the exposed shortcomings. According to data obtained by the Agency, discipline problems have existed in the division for a long time. . . . Studenikin's new appointment is rumoured to happen thanks to his friendly relations with Chief-of-Staff Anatoly Kvashnin. Studenikin served under Kvashnin's command in the North Caucasus Military District" (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 8 Jun 01).]
  • [Previous Commander was ZOLOTOV, Nikolay, Lieutenant-General (Kommersant,17 Jan 02). He "was reprimanded for his poor management of financial and economic activity and his lack of control over the consumption of fuel reserves, which led to a reduction in the grouping's combat readiness, (Kommersant,17 Jan 02).]
  • [Previous Commander was ANDREYEV, Vladimir, Lt-Gen (Krasnaya Zvezda 18 Jul 00).]

Chief of Rear Services --- BONDARCHUK, Nikolay, Col (Kommersant,17 Jan 02).

Commander of the 62d Military Base stationed in Georgia --- POGODIN, Sergey Maj-Gen (Kommersant,17 Jan 02).

149th Separate Security, Support, and Signals Battalion [GRVZ]

  • (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 9 Sep 03).

364th Separate Security, Support, and Signals Battalion [GRVZ]

  • (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 9 Sep 03).