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Nikolai Yegorovich Makarov
Nikolai Makarov on 22 September 2009
Born October 7, 1949(1949-10-07) (age 73)
Place of birth Glebovo, Ryazan Oblast, Soviet Union
Allegiance  Soviet Union
Service/branch Banner of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation (obverse).svg Armed Forces of the Russian Federation
Years of service 1967 — 2012
Rank Army General
Unit General Staff
Commands held Joint Russian force in Tajikistan, 2d Guards Tank Army, 11th Guards Army (Kaliningrad), Siberian Military District, General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation
Awards Order of St. George 2nd class
Order of Military Merit
Order for Service to the Homeland in the Armed Forces of the USSR...

Army General Nikolai Yegorovich Makarov (Russian: Никола́й Его́рович Мака́ров; born 7 October 1949) was Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Russia and First Deputy Minister of Defence from 2008 to 2012 when he was replaced by Valery Gerasimov.

Early life and education

Makarov was born on 7 October 1949 in Glebovo, Ryazan Oblast.[1] He graduated from the Higher Moscow Combined Arms Command School.


Makarov assumed command over a platoon (later, company and battalion) with the Group of Soviet Forces in Germany. In 1979, he earned a degree at Frunze Military Academy and reported to the then Transbaikal Military District as deputy regiment commander, deputy division commander, motorized rifle division commander. In 1993, Mr. Makarov graduated from the General Staff Academy and was appointed as chief of staff, Russian Joint Force Tajikistan, and later was assigned to Volga Military District as the chief of staff for an independent army. In January 1998, he took up the post as ground (11th Guards Army) and coastal force commander at the Baltic Fleet. In September 1999, Nikolay Makarov assumed the duties as first deputy commander, Moscow Military District. On 25 December 2002, General Makarov was appointed as Commander Siberian Military District, one of the largest task force location areas spanning across a total of 30% of the country's territory, 16 constituent entities of the Russian Federation populated with over 20 mln people. On 8 May 2005, President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin promoted Nikolay Makarov to his present rank of General of the Army. In April 2007 he was appointed as Chief of Аrmament for the Russian Armed Forces/Deputy Minister of Defence. In June 2008 Nikolay Makarov was delegated the powers and responsibilities of Chief of the General Staff, First Deputy Minister of Defence. Makarov was a member of the Historical Truth Commission that existed between 2009 and 2012. Makarov is married and has a son. On 9 November 2012, Makarov was sacked from his position of Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation by Russian president Vladimir Putin. However he was appointed as an aide to the Defense Minister Sergei Shoygu as The Analyst under the Office of the Inspector General on 4 March 2013 and Reportedly Received the Hero of Russian Federation in March 2012.[2]


Military offices
Preceded by
Yuri Baluyevsky
Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation
Succeeded by
Valery Gerasimov

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