Commander --- BOBRYSHEV, Valentin, Gen (KZ 2 June 00; Agentstvo
voyennykh novostey, 21 Aug 02). Promoted to General (Interfax, 22 Feb 03).
[Bobryshev was born in the Stavropol territory on March 5, 1945. He graduated from the Leningrad higher combined-arms command school in 1996, FrunzeMilitaryAcademy in 1977 and GeneralStaffAcademy in 1983. He served in the Leningrad military district and Trans-Polar region holding
various posts from platoon commander to battalion commander. After
graduating from the Frunze Military Academy Bobryshev led a regiment in
the Far East and was chief-of-staff of a division.
He commanded a division in the Southern troops group after graduating
from the General Staff Academy. Later Bobryshev served as first deputy
commander of the 14th army in Tiraspol, chief-of-staff and commander of
the 1st army in the Kyiv military district and then chief- of-staff of
the Baltic military district and Northwestern troops group. He led the
Collective Peacekeeping Forces in Tajikistan and was appointed Leningrad military district chief-of-staff in 1995. Bobryshev
became the district's commander in March 1997. (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey,
25 Feb 03).]
Chief of Staff (First Deputy Commander) --- LABUTIN, Pavel,
Col-Gen (Agentstvo voyennykh novostey, 11
April, 2000; Interfax-AVN, 27 Feb 03).
Deputy Chief of Staff --- ROZHUK, Aleksandr, Maj-Gen
(Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 27 Feb 03; 15 May 03).).
Commander --- SOLOMENTSEV, Andrey, Col (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 25 Feb
Solomentsev was born in the
Dzhambul region of Kazakhstan on August 20, 1956. He graduated from the
Poltava higher air defense missile command college in 1977, Air Defense
Academy of the Land Forces in 1998, and General Staff Academy in
2000. Solomentsev served in the Russian troops group in
Germany, Central Asian and Leningrad military districts. He has held main
command and staff posts in air defense units of the Land Forces and
received many awards of the state and Defense Ministry. Prior to his
current appointment, Solomentsev was chief-of-staff and first deputy
commander of the Leningrad district's air defense troops.
Previous Commander --- Major General Yuri Yurov, who
died suddenly last year (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 25 Feb 03).
St. Petersburg firing range of the Russian Defense Ministry,
also known as the Rzhevsk firing range. "The firing range is hosting tests
of rocket-assisted, artillery, and small arms
weapon system, close-quarter battle means, and their munitions, artillery
fire adjustment systems, artillery and electronic reconnaissance systems,
geodesic and meteorological support systems, as well as individual protection
means and equipment, . . . proving ground for almost all types of national
ground and naval artillery systems and munitions, fielded with the Russian
Army and Navy" (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 09 Dec 03).