Time to update the leadership lineup for Russia’s army-level ground formations. Few commanders remain in place since last look in early 2016.
The Russian Army expanded from seven to ten ground armies in 2010 by resurrecting or adding the 6th, 49th, and 29th CAAs. More recently, it went to 12 by standing up the 1st TA and 8th CAA. The process of filling out these armies with personnel and equipment is likely a challenge for their commanders.
The rundown of armies, headquarters, MD/OSK, and commanders looks like this:
After his long tenure in the Transbaykal, General-Lieutenant Avdeyev replaced General-Lieutenant Chayko as commander of the new 1st TA. Chayko is now Chief of Staff, First Deputy Commander of the Eastern MD.
General-Major Zhidko was acting commander of the 2nd CAA, but he now appears to be permanent.
General-Major Chebotarev replaced Avdeyev in the 29th CAA.
Only General-Lieutenants Kuzmenko and Sevryukov and General-Major Kovalenko remain where they were 18 months ago.
Numerous former army commanders made the next traditional career step as deputy MD commanders. Currently, they include General-Lieutenants Tsilko, Romanchuk, Gurulev, Seritskiy, Kaloyev, Solomatin, and Turchenyuk.
Others may have fallen off the promotion track. General-Colonel Tonkoshkurov got his third star at the General Staff’s Main Organization-Mobilization Directorate (GOMU). He’s likely to remain a long time, but it’s usually a terminal post. General-Lieutenant Yudin is the chief of the Organization-Mobilization Directorate (OMU) of the Western MD staff. General-Lieutenant Salmin is now reportedly serving in some capacity under Admiral Avakyants in the Pacific Fleet.
The jump from one- to two-star rank is not so difficult for these senior Russian officers. They’ve already held important field commands. It’s expected that they should make general-lieutenant.
Their third star, however, is not so routine. They have to be tapped, or in line, for more significant responsibilities. Responsibilities that are strategic or operational-strategic in essence or that concern the defense of the entire country.
Besides MD commander, some include chief, chief of staff, or deputy chief of an armed service, chief of a major service branch, or chief of an MOD or General Staff main directorate.