On October 21, Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu announced that Russia’s three “new” divisions in the Western and Southern MDs will be the 3rd, 144th, and 150th Motorized Rifle Divisions. The 3rd will be part of the 20th CAA and the 150th will be subordinate to a new army in the Southern MD. The situation of the 144th isn’t as clear. Some reports indicate it will come under the 1st TA, others say the 20th CAA.
In any event, recent press reports have forced the MOD to show the process of building troop facilities at Boguchar is under control.
Housing and other facilities for the 3rd and 150th MRDs will be completely ready by May 2017, according to Deputy Defense Minister Timur Ivanov. RIA Novosti reported on his recent inspection of Boguchar. A civilian wearing two-star rank, Ivanov is responsible for military housing and base-related construction.
As noted previously, the 9th IMRB recently relocated to Boguchar from near Nizhegorod. Its transition to the west hasn’t been easy. The 9th will become the 3rd MRD. It was the 3rd MRD between 1997 and 2008 before it was reduced to brigade status.
The MOD’s website provided a more detailed account of Ivanov’s visit to Boguchar. It reported that, having seen the situation for himself, he demanded that the builders deliver three 5-story housing blocks for military families by spring 2017. He continued:
“According to the contract, the construction of seven 250-apartment buildings by the end of 2017 is stipulated. Now the readiness of the first three of them is 50%, the rest even less. It’s essential to follow the work schedule strictly and complete the construction of these three buildings in the spring of next year.”
For their part, the builders assured that they would, and that they would finish kindergartens and sports complexes too.
Mil.ru’s version of Ivanov’s remarks is far less categorical than RIA’s simple assertion that everything will be ready next spring.
Neither RIA nor Mil.ru had as much news on the 150th Motorized Rifle Division. The former said it will be garrisoned in Millerovo, Kuzminskiy, and Kadamovskiy. The latter reported its 5,000 troops would inhabit four unspecified garrison towns.