Sunday, May 2, 2010

A major restructuring of the Russian Armed Forces is being planned

According to Interfax-Russia.ru and other Russian sources, the Russian Armed Forces will be completely restructured two years from now. Thus, instead of the current six military districts of the Russian Ground Forces, fleets of the Russian Navy and other military units, the Russian Armed Forces will be divided into four of the so-called "Operational Strategic Commands (OSC)". It is expected that the four OSC's will be called "West" (with its head-quarters in Saint Petersburg), "East" (head-quarters in Khabarovsk), "North" (head-quarters in Yekaterinburg) and "South" (head-quarters in Rostov-on-Don).

Thus, for example, the OSC "West" will be formed based on the Moscow and Leningrad military districts and Baltic fleet, while the OSC "West" will be formed by merging the Far East military district and Pacific fleet, as well as several military units of the Siberian military district.

Earlier, the Commander-in-Chief of the Ground Forces General-Colonel Aleksander Postnikov already mentioned that the merger of the Leningrad and Moscow military districts was being worked on.

This restructuring is aimed at making the Russian Armed Forces more manageable and saving funds (obviously).

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