Vladimir Semyonov (general)

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Vladimir Magomedovich Semyonov (Russian: Владимир Магомедович Семёнов; Karachay-Balkar: Семенланы Магометни джашы Владимир) (b. 1940) is a Karachay General of the army and the first president of the Karachay–Cherkess Republic (1999–2003).

Vladimir Magomedovich Semyonov
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Born (1940-06-08) 8 June 1940 (age 81)
Khuzruk village, Karachay Autonomous Oblast, USSR
Allegiance Soviet Union,  Russia
Service/branchSoviet Army, Russian Ground Forces
Years of service1958–1996
RankGeneral of the Army
Commands heldTransbaikal Military District
Russian Ground Forces
AwardsOrder of Military Merit (Russia)
Other workPresident of the Republic of Karachay–Cherkessia 1999–2003


Semyonov was born on 8 June 1940 in the village of Khuzruk and has an ethnic Karachay father and an ethnic Russian mother. He is a Sunni Muslim. He joined the Soviet Army in 1958. He completed the Baku military college in 1962, the M. V. Frunze Military Academy in 1970 and the General Staff Academy in 1979.


He is a professional military commander. In 1988, Vladimir Semyonov was appointed as the head of the Transbaikal Military District. In 1991, he became a commander-in-chief of Soviet Land Forces and deputy minister of the Ministry of Defence. From 1992 to 1996 Vladimir Semyonov headed the Russian Ground Forces. He was dismissed from his post by the Russian Defence Minister Igor Radionov in 1996 but returned to duty in 1998 as Chief Military Adviser to the Minister of Defense of Russia.

In May 1999 he won the presidential elections in Karachay–Cherkessia which caused ethnic tension between Karachays and Cherkesses. The tension was pacified without bloodshed. Vladimir Semyonov tried to solve socio-economic problems of the Republic but in vain. On August 31, 2003, he lost in the general election and left his post to Mustafa Batdyyev.

Semyonov is married with one daughter.

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Military offices
Preceded by
Position created
Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Ground Forces
1991 – 1997
Succeeded by
Yuri Bukreyev
Political offices
Preceded by
Position created
President of Karachay-Cherkessia
Succeeded by
Mustafa Batdyyev