Mikhail Petrovich Kolesnikov
Mikhail Petrovich Kolesnikov was born 30 June 1939 in Yeisk Krasnodar kr, the son of a civil engineer. After graduating in 1956 from high school in the city of Omsk in the military service in the Soviet Army cadet. In 1959 he graduated from the Omsk Tank Technical School, Technician Lieutenant. Officer's service began as a platoon commander repair combat vehicles - armored senior technician in a motorized infantry regiment of the 129th Motorized Rifle Division of the Far Eastern Military District. Later, he held various technical positions the company commander, battalion and regimental level in the same division.
After graduating in 1975 with honors from the Military Academy of the Armored Forces named after Marshal Rodion Malinowski was appointed commander of a tank regiment in the 27th Guards Motorized Rifle Division of the Group of Soviet Forces in Germany. Since February 1977 the chief of staff - deputy commander of the 7th Guards Tank Division. In March 1979 Kolesnikova transferred to the Kiev Military District and was appointed commander of the 17th Guards Tank Division, and in May 1981 awarded the military rank of Major General.
In 1983 he graduated from the Military Academy of the General Staff with honors and was appointed commander of the 31 th Army Corps in the Transcaucasian Military District, and in July 1984 - the commander of the 7th Guards Army. In 1987 he was transferred to the Siberian Military District chief of the district headquarters. In June 1988, Lieutenant General MP Kolesnikov appointed Chief of Staff - 1st Deputy Commander of the troops of the south, and in October 1990 - Chief of Staff - 1st Deputy Commander of the Land Forces with the assignment of military rank of Colonel General. During the events of August 1991, he temporarily served as Chief of the Land Forces. Heading the large units, associations and headquarters, MP Kolesnikov demonstrated extraordinary organizational skills in managing troops.
In September 1991 he was appointed Chief of the Main Organization and Mobilization Directorate (Mobilization) - Deputy Chief of the General Staff. In December 1992, Presidential Decree Kolesnikov was appointed Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces - the 1st Deputy Minister of Defence of the Russian Federation, and in May 1995 he was awarded the rank of General of the Army. In that position, MP Kolesnikov is actively engaged in development of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation. In the currents of the time with difficult political and economic conditions, he laid emphasis on the preservation of the striking power of the Strategic Missile Forces, seeking to prevent violations of nuclear parity with the United States. Thanks to his perseverance was finalized and adopted by the mobile complex "Topol-M" became more widely implemented command and control automation systems in the General Staff and other organs of the central management of the Armed Forces.
After the dismissal of the Minister of Defence of PS Grachev, in June-July 1996, MN Kolesnikov temporarily served as the Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation. In October 1996 he was relieved of the post of Chief of the General Staff and was at the disposal of the Minister of Defence. Later, his candidacy was proposed by the President of the Russian heads of states to participants of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) for appointment to the post of Chief of Staff for coordinating military cooperation of the states - participants of the CIS. However, the statement did not take place. In June 1998, MP Kolesnikov was assigned to the State Technical Commission under the President of the Russian Federation, leaving the military.
In December 1999 he died. He was buried in Moscow on Troekurov cemetery.
He was awarded the Soviet Union - "For Service to Motherland in the USSR Armed Forces' 2nd and 3rd st, Red Star,. Russian Federation - the Order "For Merit" third item, medals..
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