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Who is Valery Gerasimov, appointed to command a special operation: “He has a tough commanding grip and the ability to make non-standard decisions”

Gerasimov was one of the developers of the special operation for the peaceful return of Crimea to Russia in 2014

Gerasimov was one of the developers of the special operation for the peaceful return of Crimea to Russia in 2014

A photo: Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation

January 11 Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu appointed Chief of the General Staff General of the Army Valery Gerasimov commander of the United Group in the special operation zone in Ukraine. The former commander Army General Sergei Surovikin, became one of Gerasimov’s deputies. Two more deputies became army general Oleg Salyukov (Commander-in-Chief of the Ground Forces) and Colonel General Alexei Kim (Deputy Chief of the General Staff).

Undoubtedly, the most “heavy” figure in these personnel reshuffles is the chief of the General Staff. And now it’s time to remember how he appeared at the head of the “brain trust” of the Russian Armed Forces.

Valery Vasilievich Gerasimov – from a working-class family. He made his first steps towards the top of his military career as a kid – at the Kazan Suvorov School (he graduated with honors). He also graduated from the Kazan Tank Command School with a gold medal, and then (also with honors) from the Academy of Armored Forces. Then – and the Academy of the General Staff.

He “trampled down” all the steps of growth in command and staff positions conscientiously (nowhere jumping over the line, which is especially appreciated among officers).

He started with a “flight” – platoon, commanded a company, battalion, regiment, division, army (moreover, the most belligerent – the 58th combined arms in the North Caucasus, which fought in the Second Chechen Company).

He was chief of staff of both the Far Eastern Military District and the North Caucasus.

He commanded the Leningrad and Moscow military districts.

In 2010, he became Deputy Chief of the General Staff. In this position, he “allowed” himself to speak out against the adventurous reforms of Minister of Defense Serdyukov. And he paid. For intractability, he was sent from Moscow for the third time (!) to command the military district again – this time the Central one.

After Serdyukov’s resignation, the new Defense Minister Shoigu presented Gerasimov’s candidacy for the post of Chief of the General Staff to the President. Putin approved this proposal on November 9, 2012.

Gerasimov was one of the developers of the special operation for the peaceful return of the Crimea became part of Russia in 2014. Directed and developed the operations of our troops in Syria. He “had a hand” in the development of the current special operation in Ukraine.

Although on August 5, 2015, the military prosecutor’s office of Ukraine declared Gerasimov “the main ideologist of the war in Donbass.” He was declared “arrest in absentia”.

The Russian Defense Ministry responded by saying that this was a political provocation, and the Security Service of Ukraine was a “reserve of idiocy.”

Gerasimov – Hero of Russia and holder of 9 Soviet and Russian orders.

I have met many times and talk to the Chief of Staff. But only once, with great difficulty, did I persuade him for an interview. He explained his frequent refusals as follows: “I need to manage the troops, and not give interviews.” He is an unusually modest and laconic man. But everyone who served or continues to serve under him unanimously says that he has a tough commanding grip and the ability to make non-standard decisions.

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