Alexander Zelin

Alexander Nikolayevich Zelin (Russian: Александр Николаевич Зелин; born 6 May 1953) served as Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Air Force[1] from 9 May 2007 until 27 April 2012. Zelin holds the Air Force rank of colonel-general. Since May 2012 Zelin has been an adviser to the Russian Defence Minister.[2]

Alexander Nikolayevich Zelin
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Native name
Александр Николаевич Зелин
Born (1953-05-06) 6 May 1953 (age 68)
Perevalsk, Ukrainian SSR, USSR
Allegiance Soviet Union
Years of service1976–2012
RankColonel General
Commands heldRussian Air Force
AwardsOrder of St. George , Order of Merit


Zelin and Putin at MAKS 2011

Alexander Zelin was born on 6 May 1953, in Perevalsk, Voroshilovgrad region (now Luhansk Oblast in eastern Ukraine). He graduated from Kharkov Higher Aviation School of Pilots in 1976, Gagarin Air Force Academy in 1988, and General Staff Academy in 1997.

From August 2002 to May 2007 he served as Chief of aviation – Air Force Deputy Commander-in-Chief for aviation.

On May 9, 2007, he became the Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Air Force, replacing Army General Vladimir Mikhaylov.

On April 27, 2012, he was dismissed from his post and military service. No reason was given.[3] He was succeeded by Viktor Bondarev.

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  1. ^ Usa, Ibp; Publications, USA International Business (2007-02-07). Russia Air Force Handbook. Int'l Business Publications. pp. 229–. ISBN 9781433041150. Retrieved 7 May 2012.
  2. ^ Ex-Air Force Commander to Become Adviser to Defense Minister
  3. ^ Archived 2014-07-14 at the Wayback Machine (in Russian)

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Preceded by
Vladimir Mikhaylov
Commander-in-chief of the Russian Air Force
9 May 2007 - 27 April 2012
Succeeded by
Viktor Bondarev