The president announced a new operational control of the Head of the General Staff

The president has appointed a new head of the Main Operations Directorate of the General StaffBasically, the operational management of Russian General Staff was replaced chief. In place of the dismissed President Andrew Tretiak appointed Vladimir Zarudnitsky. According to the official version, the premise of resignation was health Tretiak, but experts do not believe in it.

President Medvedev has signed a decree dismissing Mon Lieutenant-General Andrew Tretiak as chief of the Head of operative management (SEI) of the General Staff. In his place was appointed Lieutenant-General Vladimir Zarudnitsky previously served as deputy commander of the Southern Military District. The same decree posted on the website of the Kremlin, in store were sent to deputy chair of the municipal administration and public safety of the Military Academy of the General Staff, Major General Eugene Durbin and Deputy Commander of the military transport aircraft, Major General Valery Shemyakin and Colonel Dmitry Voloshin appointed chief of the combat training distant, military transport and special aviation — the main inspector-pilot.

Experts consider the position of Managing SEI almost less principled than the Chief of the General Staff. "The head of SEI — is the brain of the army" — said "MN" manager of the Center for Military Forecasting, Colonel Anatoly Tsiganok. With the SEI Joint Staff organizes the planning and management of all the troops of the Armed Forces. Head of the SEI is responsible for, as will the need to act in the case of the army at each operational area. In addition, the Main Operations Directorate organizes cooperation with the Armed Forces of the federal bodies of executive power, as with the CSTO Joint Staff.

That leaves Tretiak own post, it became clear in the summer. In July, the media reported that he, together with the head of the head of Staff — First Deputy Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Sergei Skokov and Head of Electronic Warfare (EW) of the General Staff, Major General Oleg Ivanov wrote a letter of resignation. It has been argued that the premise of the demarche was the dissatisfaction with the current military reform generals and complex cases with the Chief of the General Staff Nikolai Makarov.

These messages are rejected Secretary of State Ministry of Defense Nikolay Pankov. Having confirmed that the generals really he resigned, he said that the prerequisites of this step was more prosaic than that claimed the press. According to him, Skokov and Ivanov were offered other positions, but they chose to leave the ranks of the Armed Forces, and Tretiak decided to resign due to health problems.

"My decision to resign from the army in no way linked with the reform of the Armed Forces, and even more so with some disagreements with management," — commented after a while to show itself rumors Tretiak.

The claim that the premise of dismissal Tretiak were difficulties with health, sounds, to say the least, surprising, said Anatoly Tsiganok. "Officers, when appointed to senior positions in the General Staff, pass a thorough examination, since it implies that it will last for more than 5 years. In addition, each year officers receive medical examinations ", — explained the expert.

Ranges that Tretiak retired for health reasons, and chief editor of the "People's Defence" retired Colonel Igor Korotchenko. "Of course, anything can happen, but to believe that the general resigned the disease is difficult," — he said.

According to the views of a professional, more likely that Tretiak is not desired to rotate and go somewhere from Moscow. A similar view is held and Tsiganok. He recalled that the two generals who had written a letter of resignation immediately with Tretiak directly linked its decision to the reluctance to serve in another region. "Indeed, what is the point to send, for example, in the Trans-Baikal person promoted to general in the General Staff, albeit an equivalent position? High-ranking officers of the General Staff of the more valuable than longer worked at the same place, since only the fact, that absolutely took over from its predecessor, leaves year"- Says Tsiganok.

The time lag of several months between the writing of the report Tretiak and his actual dismissal experts explain the technical difficulties associated with the dismissal of such an important post. "It was necessary to find a replacement," — said Tsiganok. In addition, Korochenko told, there is a tradition: before retiring generals and a half months to go to the infirmary, where the full medical examination. "This time he could spend exactly there," — said the expert.


Gen.-Lieutenant Vladimir Borisovich Zarudnitsky was born February 6, 1958 in the town of Abinsk Krasnodar region.
In 1979 he graduated from the Ordzhonikidze Higher Combined-Arms Command School (Vladikavkaz). In 1989, he graduated from the Frunze Military Academy in 2003 — the Military Academy of the General Staff.
He served in the Group of Russian troops in Germany (GSVG).
In the 1979-1985 years. — The commander of the platoon, reconnaissance company in the GSVG.
In 1985-1987. — Chief of Intelligence Regiment in the GSVG.
From 1991 to 1994 year Chief of Staff of the regiment, a regiment commander in the Far Eastern military environment.
In 1997-1999. — chief Staff, the commander of motorized infantry brigades in the North Caucasus military environment.
From 2003 to January 2005 commanded the 27th Guards Motor Rifle Division of the Volga-Urals Military neighborhood.
From January 2005 to February 2007, Vladimir Zarudnitsky was chief of staff — first deputy commander of the army in the Siberian military environment.
From February 2007 to April 2009 — Commander of the 36th Army of the Siberian Military Area (Ulan-Ude).
In the 2009-2011 years. — Chief of staff — first deputy commander of the Metropolitan Area of the military.
In March 2011 he was appointed Deputy Commander of the Southern Military Area.
October 3, 2011 by the decree of the President of Russia Dmitry Medvedev Gen.-Lieutenant Vladimir Zarudnitsky appointed head of operational management of the Head of the General Staff of the Armed Forces — Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces.
Has municipal services and achievements of the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation: Medal "70 Years of the Armed Forces of the USSR" medal "50 years of Victory in Lofty Russian War of 1941-1945." Medal "for strengthening military cooperation," medal "For Distinguished Military Service" I level, the medal "For the perfect service" II and III, and others

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