Army general (Russia)

Army general (Russian: Генера́л а́рмии, romanizedGenerál ármii) is the second highest military rank in Russia, inferior only to a marshal and superior to a colonel general. It is a direct counterpart of the Soviet Army General rank.

Army general
Генера́л а́рмии
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Shoulder straps of Ground forces and Aerospace Forces
Country Russia
Service branch Russian Ground Forces
 Russian Air Force
Rank groupGeneral officer
RankFour-star rank
FormationDecember 1991 (December 1991)
Next higher rankMarshal of the Russian Federation
Next lower rankColonel general
Equivalent ranksAdmiral of the fleet (Navy)
Related articles
HistoryArmy General (Soviet Union)

At present it is also the highest rank in the air force, artillery, aerospace defense forces, armored troops, engineer troops and signal troops, unlike the Soviet Union where similarly ranked officers were called marshals and chief marshals of a branch. The corresponding naval rank is admiral of the fleet.

On appointment as Defence Minister on 7 May 1992, Pavel Grachev was the first officer to be promoted to this rank. Vladimir Yakovlev was promoted to this grade while serving as commander of the Strategic Missile Forces (1997–2001).

Rank insigniaEdit

Since 2013, the rank insignia has been one big star and the army emblem on straps which was also used until 1997, as in the Soviet Army since 1974. Between 1997 and 2013, the rank insignia was four stars in a row, as in the Soviet Union from 1943 to 1974.

Until 1997 generals wore a "small" marshal's star. But when, in 1993, the ranks of chief marshal and marshal of the branch in Russian Federation were abolished, there was no more reason for a special rank insignia for generals. By the President's decree of January 27, 1997, generals regained 1943-like straps with four stars in a row.

List of Russian army generalsEdit

Name Lifespan date of appointment post at time of appointment left military service Ref.
Pavel Grachev 1948–2012 7 May 1992 1st Deputy Minister of Defence 2007
Viktor Barannikov 1940–1995 7 May 1992 Minister of Security 1993
Viktor Dubynin 1943–1992 5 October 1992 Chief of the General Staff died in service 1992
Viktor Yerin 1944–2018 1 October 1993 Minister of Internal Affairs 2000
Mikhail Kolesnikov 1939–2007 5 May 1995 Chief of the General Staff 2004
Mikhail Barsukov born 1947 9 November 1995 Director of the Federal Security Service (FSB) 1997
Anatoly Kulikov born 1946 9 November 1995 Minister of Internal Affairs 1998
Andrey Nikolayev born 1949 17 November 1995 Director of the Federal Border Service 1998
Viktor Samsonov born 1941 25 January 1996 Chief of Staff, Military Cooperation Headquarters, Commonwealth of Independent States 1999
Vladimir Toporov born 1946 22 February 1996 Deputy Minister of Defence 2002
Pyotr Deynekin 1937–2017 13 June 1996 Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Air Force 1998
Viktor Prudnikov 1939–2015 13 June 1996 Commander of the Air Defence Forces 2004
Vladimir Semyonov born 1940 13 June 1996 Commander-in-Chief of the Ground Forces 2004
Igor Sergeyev 1938–2006 13 June 1996 Commander of the Strategic Rocket Forces 2001
Igor Rodionov 1936–2014 4 October 1996 Minister of Defence 1996
Anatoly Kvashnin 1946-2022 25 November 1997 Chief of the General Staff 2004
Vyacheslav Trubnikov 1944-2022 22 January 1998 Director of the Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) 2000
Nikolay Kovalyov 1949–2019 23 February 1998 Director of the FSB 1998
Aleksandr Starovoitov 1940–2021 23 February 1998 Director of the FAPSI 1999
Viktor Kazantsev 1946–2021 21 February 2000 Commander of the North Caucasus Military District 2000
Anatoly Kornukov 1942–2014 21 February 2000 Commander of the Air Force 2002
Vladimir Yakovlev born 1954 27 June 2000 Commander of the Strategic Rocket Forces 2004
Nikolai Patrushev born 1951 11 June 2001 Director of the FSB 2008
Vladimir Isakov born 1950 22 February 2002 Commander of the Rear of the Russian Armed Forces 2008
Aleksandr Kosovan born 1941 22 February 2002 Deputy Minister of Defence 2003
Vyacheslav Tikhomirov 1945–2014 6 November 2002 Commander of the Internal Troops 2004
Valentin Bobryshev born 1945 21 February 2003 Commander of the Leningrad Military District 2005
Yuri Yakubov born 1946 21 February 2003 Commander of the Far Eastern Military District 2006
Konstanin Totskiy born 1950 23 February 2003 Director of the Federal Border Service 2003
Vladimir Matyukhin born 1945 11 March 2003 Director of the FAPSI 2004
Sergey Shoygu born 1955 7 May 2003 Minister of Emergency Situations in service
Nikolai Abroskin born 1951 11 June 2003 Chief of the Federal Special Construction Service 2010
Valentin Korabelnikov born 1946 11 June 2003 Head of the Main Directorate of the General Staff (GRU) 2009
Nikolai Kormiltsev born 1946 11 June 2003 Commander of the Ground Forces 2004
Vladimir Boldyrev born 1949 12 December 2003 Commander of the North Caucasus Military District 2010
Sergey Lebedev born 1948 2003 Director of the Foreign Intelligence Service 2007
Ivan Yefremov born 1946 22 February 2004 Commander of the Moscow Military District 2007
Vladimir Mikhaylov born 1943 22 February 2004 Commander of the Air Force 2007
Aleksandr Baranov born 1946 12 June 2004 Commander of the Volga-Urals Military District 2008
Alexei Moskovsky born 1947 12 June 2004 Deputy Minister of Defence 2007
Nikolai Pankov born 1954 12 June 2004 Head of Personnel at the Ministry of Defence 2009
Yevgeny Murov born 1945 2004 Director of the Federal Protective Service 2010
Yuri Baluyevsky born 1947 22 February 2005 Chief of the General Staff 2008
Nikolay Makarov born 1952 8 May 2005 Commander of the Siberian Military District 2012
Vladimir Pronichev born 1953 9 May 2005 Director of the Federal Border Service 2013
Igor Puzanov born 1947 12 December 2005 Commander of the Leningrad Military District 2007
Sergei Smirnov born 1950 December 2005 1st Deputy Director of the FSB 2020
Rashid Nurgaliyev born 1956 27 December 2005 Minister of Internal Affairs 2012
Anatoly Grebenyuk born 1955 12 June 2006 Head of the Billeting and Arrangement Service of the Ministry of Defence 2007
Aleksandr Belousov born 1952 15 December 2006 1st Deputy Minister of Defence 2009
Alexey Maslov born 1953 15 December 2006 Commander of the Ground Forces 2011
Alexander Bortnikov born 1951 December 2006 Head of the Economic Security Department of the FSB in service
Oleg Syromolotov born 1953 December 2006 Head of the Counter-intelligence Department of the FSB 2015
Vladimir Bakin born 1953 23 February 2007 Commander of the Moscow Military District 2009
Nikolay Rogozhkin born 1952 23 February 2007 Commander of the Internal Troops 2014
Vladimir Popovkin 1957–2014 22 February 2009 Chief of Armaments of the Ministry of Defence 2011
Nikolai Klimashin born 1952 ? Head of the Scientific and Technical Service of the FSB 2010
Dmitry Bulgakov born 1954 23 February 2011 Deputy Minister of Defence in service
Valery Gerasimov born 1955 21 February 2013 Chief of the General Staff in service
Arkady Bakhin born 1956 21 February 2013 1st Deputy Minister of Defence 2015
Yuri Yakovlev [ru] born 1952 ? Head of the Economic Security Department of the FSB 2016
Vladimir Kulishov born 1957 ? 1st Deputy Director of the FSB in service
Viktor Zolotov born 1954 10 November 2015 Commander of the Internal Troops in service
Pavel Popov born 1957 11 December 2015 Deputy Minister of Defence in service
Oleg Salyukov born 1955 22 February 2019 Commander of the Ground Forces in service
Aleksandr Dvornikov born 1961 23 June 2020 Commander of the Southern Military District in service
Yevgeny Zinichev 1966–2021 21 December 2020 Minister of Emergency Situations died in service 2021
Dmitry Kochnev born 1964 2020 Director of the Federal Protective Service in service
Sergei Korolev born 1962 2021 First Deputy Director of the FSB in service
Sergey Surovikin born 1966 16 August 2021 Commander-in-Chief of the Aerospace Forces in service

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