As a politician on the world stage, Russian President Vladimir Putin is a unique existence, and the whole of Russia gives the impression that he is tough, and he will do it if he refuses to accept it. After Serdyukov was sacked, Shoigu took over as Defense Minister and gradually formed a troika consisting of President Putin, Foreign Minister Lavrov and Defense Minister Shoigu. The starlight of these three people is so bright that the others seem to be overshadowed.
As we all know, Russia’s military power is second only to the United States in the world, so there are many top experts in the military, but most of them don’t like to show their faces. If I told you that the Russian Ministry of Defense has 12 deputy ministers , which one do you know?
I’m sure most people can’t say a single one. Today our protagonist is the First Deputy Minister of Defense of Russia, Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces Gerasimov Valery Vasilievich (Герасимов-Валерий-Васильевич).
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There are not many videos of Gerasimov being interviewed or speaking at events on the Internet. However, at the Russian-Turkish meeting in early 2020, the Turkish Defense Minister actually said that if Russia continued to intervene, it would not show mercy to Russia because of the Syrian issue.
Just this sentence made Gerasimov, who is usually unsmiling, happy, and because of this photo, Gerasimov became popular. It turned out that the general was the chief of staff of the Russian Federation Armed Forces. .
Gerasimov was born on September 8, 1955 in a family of ordinary workers in Kazan. I think there are not many people here who know Kazan better than me. No matter in the Soviet period or now, Kazan has always been positioned as a historical city and a famous tourist city. It has great potential for development, but it is still far from Moscow and St. Petersburg.
Not even Novosibirsk. Therefore, the average salary in Kazan has always been at the middle level in Russia. A child of a worker who wants to stand out, has no background or financial resources, there is still a way, that is, to become a soldier.
In the Soviet era, there were actually many children who wanted to be soldiers, and when Gerasimov was born, the Great Patriotic War had just ended 10 years ago, so the heroic plot affected many Soviet children.
And Gerasimov is also one of them, because his grandfather was a veteran, and he read a lot of literature about the war years in his boyhood, so his dream has always been to serve the motherland, and with this goal Gerasimov Muff has been working hard.
At the age of 16, he entered the Kazan Suvorov Military School, which is also an educational institution that has trained a large number of military talents. Today, 10 of the students who graduated here have been awarded the “Hero of the Soviet Union” and “Russian”. Hero”, more than 60 people reached the rank of general, 11 became academicians, Gerasimov graduated from here in 1973.
After that, Gerasimov entered the Kazan Higher Tank Command Academy , which was established in 1919 when the Revolutionary Military Committee requested the establishment of the Kazan Muslim Infantry. In 1937, the name of the school was the Kazan Infantry School. At the beginning of the Great Patriotic War, the school changed its name again and became a tank school, specializing in the training of specialists in armored and mechanized units.
In 1966, the school was upgraded to an advanced tank training academy, which is basically the prototype it is now. Since 2007, the Kazan Higher Tank Command Academy is the only military school in Russia that trains commanding tank officers. After 4 years of study, Gerasimov graduated with a gold medal in 1977.
After leaving the campus, Gerasimov officially entered the army. He served as the platoon commander of the 80th Tank Regiment of the Guards Armored Division of the 90th Group Army in northern Poland , and later rose to company commander and battalion-level chief of staff. In 1982 Gerasimov was transferred to the Far East Military District , where he served as battalion chief of staff and battalion commander of the 29th Motorized Rifle Division until 1984.
Because of his outstanding performance in the army, he was organized and sent to the Armored Forces Military Academy in Moscow for further study. This school was established in 1932 as a higher military school of the Soviet/Russian Armed Forces, specializing in the training of senior officers, senior staff officers and mechanical engineers for tank troops. , in 1987 Gerasimov’s training ended, and in 1998 the school was incorporated as part of the Federal Armed Forces Academy.
Gerasimov, who returned to the unit, served as the deputy commander of the tank regiment, then to the commander and chief of staff. Since 1993, he has been the commander of the Baltic Naval Region and the 144th Guards Motorized Rifle Division of the Northwest Army . It took 16 years. Gerasimov went from a military academy graduate to a division commander, a commander-in-chief, and the rank of major general.
This can’t help but remind me of “Bright Sword”. Li Yunlong has fought for a lifetime. Although his education level is not high, he has won many battles. After becoming a senior general, he has to continue his studies and advanced studies.
Gerasimov, who was already a division commander, entered the military school again in 1995, this time at the Military Academy of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation , where he received a more systematic study of how to be a senior general, He left the Military Academy in 1997.
After that, Gerasimov directly entered the Moscow Military District and served as the deputy commander of the First Guards Armored Corps. A year later, the identity of the deputy commander did not change, but he also served as the chief of staff. Everyone around him commented that Gerasimov was a man of words and deeds. Although he was a senior general, he did not want to sit in the rear, but liked to go to the front.
When the Second Chechen War began in August 1999, Gerasimov also volunteered to go to the Caucasus and participate in the Chechen War. Obviously, the high-ranking officials in this position are the key targets of the enemy. In Gerasimov’s biography, it is written that during his military career, fierce battles and anti-terrorist operations occurred frequently, and Gerasimov was on the brink of life and death more than once, and fell into the ambush of militants.
But under his leadership, large and small battles were successful, so Gerasimov’s status and reputation in the army increased day by day. In February 2001, he served as the commander-in-chief of the 58th Joint Force of the North Caucasus Military Region . The following year, the rank was advanced to Lieutenant General.
The second Chechen war lasted for 9 months and ended with the victory of the Russian army. There were still guerrilla wars in the following years, but they did not cause large-scale conflicts. Putin officially took charge of Russia in early 2000, and Gerasimov was already a high-level commander of the army. For more than 20 years, Gerasimov has become the hardest spear in Putin’s hands. Although Shoigu is the Minister of Defense, he is not after all. Born in the military, Gerasimov has experienced hundreds of battles since the military academy, and he has reached the position of general step by step.
Due to his outstanding performance in the Chechen war, Gerasimov was transferred by the central government in March 2003 and returned to the Far East Military Region after 20 years as chief of staff .
After working in the Far East Military Region for two years, he returned to the central government in April 2005. Gerasimov served as the head of the main department of combat training and service of the armed forces. After three years, the rank was changed to general. From this point of view, Putin is absolutely intentional. After training Gerasimov, Putin let Gerasimov return to the Caucasus more than a year later and became the chief of staff of the military region.
After only one year, he was transferred to the Leningrad Military Region as commander at the end of 2007, and he resigned on February 5, 2009. After that, he went directly to the center and became the commander of the Moscow Military District . On December 23, 2010, Medvedev signed a presidential decree, ordering Gerasimov to be the deputy chief of staff of the Federal Armed Forces. Victory between 2009 and 2012 The Japanese military parade was directed by Gerasimov.
He has been the commander of the Central Military District since April 26, 2012. At the end of 2012, the former Defense Minister Serdyukov was stripped of his rights by Putin, and Shoigu took over, and Shoigu proposed that Gerasimov be his own. First Deputy, and run for the post of Chief of General Staff of the Armed Forces.
So Gerasimov became the first deputy minister of defense, with the support of Putin and Shoigu behind him, and becoming the chief of the general staff is also a sure thing. Gerasimov can exercise the powers of acting defense minister as long as Shoigu is not in the center.
After becoming chief of the general staff and first deputy defense minister, Gerasimov told Putin: “All activities of the General Staff should be aimed at the achievement of one main objective, maintaining a state of guaranteeing the completion of all tasks assigned to the armed forces. The combat capability of the armed forces, and I will do everything in my power to achieve that.”
In 2013, he became a general. In this position, Gerasimov’s most important deeds were the activities he led to eliminate terrorists in Syria in the fall of 2015. In May 2016, President Putin issued a decree granting Gerasimov the highest national award, “Russia Hero of the Union” for his courage and heroism in the discharge of his military duties.
Some foreign military experts believe that Gerasimov is the founder of the so-called theory in his own name, which is the basis of Russia’s new generation of war concepts, which shows a high evaluation.
After the start of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, Gerasimov also participated as the main commander, and a message some time ago, Gerasimov was seriously injured on the front line of Donbass, which caused an uproar, the chief of the general staff of the armed forces, the first The Deputy Defense Minister was injured on the front line, which is worth it. After that, the Russian side did not release relevant information, which made it even more speculative.
In fact, the emergence of this news is not difficult to understand. After the referendum in Crimea in 2014, Gerasimov was included in the sanctions list of the EU and North America. In 2015, the Ukrainian Military Prosecutor’s Office announced that Gerasimov He is “the main thinker of the Donbas war” , and as we said earlier, Gerasimov likes to go to the front to command rather than sit in the rear, so everything seems to make sense again.
But a few days later, Gerasimov appeared in the Russian video conference. It seems that this is also the Russian side’s response to everyone. The chief of staff was fine, not injured, and was not dismissed.
But there are still many people who don’t believe it, saying that the video is fake. As a result, the Americans came directly to assist. Milley, the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, took the initiative to call Gerasimov, the chief of the general staff. Military war is actually a media war. Even the Azov camp has “Sun Tzu’s Art of War”, so why can’t the Russians play a trick with falsehood and reality?
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