The main military-political department was created in the Ministry of Defense
July 30, 14:46updating date:July 30, 15:39UTC + 3
MOSCOW, July 30. / TASS /. The main military-political department was created in the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation. The former commander of the ZVO Kartapolov was appointed Deputy Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation - Chief of the Main Military-Political Directorate. The corresponding decree of the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin was published on the official portal of legal information.
"To appoint Colonel-General Andrei Kartapolov as Deputy Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation - Chief of the Main Military-Political Directorate of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, dismissing him from his post," the text of the decree says, which comes into effect from the moment of signing.
Kartapolov was born in 1963 in the German Democratic Republic. He graduated from the Moscow Higher All-Arms Command School (1985), the Frunze Military Academy (1993), the Military Academy of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation (2007). The service was held in the Group of Soviet Forces in Germany, the Western Group of Forces and the Far Eastern Military District in posts from the platoon commander to the division commander.
In 2007-2008, he held the post of deputy army commander in the Siberian Military District. From 2008 to 2009 he was chief of staff - first deputy army commander in the Moscow Military District.
From 2009 to 2010, Kartapolov was the head of the Main Operations Directorate of the General Staff of the RF Armed Forces. From May 2010 to January 2012, he was commander of the 58th Army of the North Caucasus, then of the Southern Military Districts, in 2012-2013 - Deputy Commander of the Southern Military District, from February 2013 to June 2014 - Chief of Staff of the Western Military District, from June 2014 to November 2015 - Chief of the Main Operations Directorate - Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the RF Armed Forces.
In November 2015, by presidential decree, he was appointed commander of the Western Military District. He was awarded the Order of Military Merit, with many medals.
For the first time, the military-political control body appeared in the Red Army after the revolution. Its name changed several times, and in 1991 the structure was named the Main Military-Political Directorate of the Armed Forces of the USSR. The main task of the unit since its foundation was to work with the moral and psychological state of personnel.
After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the political component was withdrawn from the title glavka - in 1992 the General Directorate for Work with Personnel (GURLS) was established, which also changed its names several times.
According to the information of the official site of theMinistry of Defense of the Russian Federation, today the main tasks of the GURLS are work with the moral and psychological state of personnel, information and propaganda work and patriotic education of servicemen, organization of military special, psychological and cultural-leisure work, as well as creating conditions for free confession.
The Main Directorate for Work with the Personnel of the Armed Forces directly subordinates the Center for Military-Patriotic Work of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, the Center for Psychological Work of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, the 49th Center of Technical Facilities. The head of the GURLS is Colonel Mikhail Baryshev.
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