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Gennady Troshev : biography

March 14, 1947 - September 14, 2008

Gennady Nikolayevich Troshev () (March 14, 1947 – September 14, 2008) was a Russian Colonel General in the Russian military and formerly the commander of the North Caucasus Military District, including Chechnya, during the Second Chechen War. He was awarded a Hero of Russia award.


Early years

Gennady Troshev was born in 1947 in the eastern part of Berlin, in the Soviet occupation zone, the son of a Soviet officer. He spent his childhood in the ethnic Russian community of the Chechen-Ingush Republic's capital Grozny.

Military career

In 1969 he graduated from the Kazan Tank College, and later from the Tank Academy and from the Military Academy of the General Staff. After graduating from the tank college in 1969, Troshev served in Soviet tank forces. Troshev served as the commander of the 10th Guards Uralsko-Lvovskaya Tank Division, later - as the commander of the 42nd Army Corps. and as the commander of the joint group of federal forces in Chechnya during the First Chechen War. On June 1, 1995, Troshev was appointed commander of the 58th Army, and since July 29, 1997, he served as the deputy commander of the North Caucasus Military District. In April 2000 Troshev was appointed the commander of the joint group of federal forces in the Northern Caucasus.

During his career as a commander in Chechnya he gained notoriety after advocating public executions of separatist fighters. Human rights activists had accused him of tolerating rampant abuses in the war-ravaged republic. Early in the war he declared that the shattered city of Grozny should never be rebuilt so as to serve as a warning against "treason to Russia's ethnic minorities". He also publicly defended Yuri Budanov, who was on trial for the rape and murder of an 18-year-old Chechen woman, Elza Kungayeva.

Post military career

Troshev publicly defied, on national television, Minister of Defense Sergi Ivanov's suggestion that he should relocate from Chechnya (the North Caucasus Military District) to the command of the Siberian Military District. Due to this act, President Vladimir Putin signed a decree dismissing Troshev from his post in 2002.

The Jamestown Foundation, a U.S. policy research organisation that studies Russian military affairs, said Ivanov's order that Troshev relocate to Siberia was "open to multiple and complex interpretations. One theory connects it to a broader reshuffling of personnel as major elections approach in Chechnya (and perhaps in response to the Moscow theater hostage crisis). A second explanation ties it to the stalled process of military-administrative reform." The Jamestown Foundation

After his sacking, Troshev was appointed an advisor to the President of the Russian Federation for Cossacks affairs.H. F. Scott and Scott, Russian Military Directory 2004


Troshev died on September 14, 2008. He was a passenger aboard Aeroflot Flight 821, which crashed and left no survivors. Russian officials have dismissed public suspicions that the plane might have been sabotaged.

One week after Troshev's death, the President of the Chechen Republic Ramzan Kadyrov renamed Krasnoznamennaya Street in Grozny after Troshev.

Military medals and ribbons

Order of Military Merit
Order of Friendship of Peoples
Order for Service to the Homeland in the Armed Forces of the USSR 3rd class
Jubilee Medal "300 Years of the Russian Navy"
Medal of Zhukov
Jubilee Medal "In Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary since the Birth of Vladimir Il'ich Lenin"
Medal "Veteran of the Armed Forces of the USSR"
Jubilee Medal "50 Years of the Armed Forces of the USSR"
Jubilee Medal "60 Years of the Armed Forces of the USSR"
Jubilee Medal "70 Years of the Armed Forces of the USSR"
For Military Valour 1st Class (Ministry of Defence)
For Strengthening Military Cooperation (Ministry of Defence)
For Valour, silver (Ministry of Justice of Russia)
For Strengthening Military Cooperation (Ministry of Internal Affairs)
For Strengthening Military Cooperation (Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation)
For Participation in Counter-Terrorist Operation
Medal "For Impeccable Service" 1st class
Medal "For Impeccable Service" 2nd class
Medal "For Impeccable Service" 3rd class
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