Military University of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation

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The Military University of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation is a Russian military university operated by the Ministry of Defense of Russia (MOD). It is located on 14 Bol'shaya Sadovaya Street in Moscow. It is one of the oldest military schools in Russia. The university is considered to be the leading educational, methodological and scientific center of the Russian Armed Forces. Since October 2017, the Commanding officer of the university has been Lieutenant General Igor Mishutkin.[1]


The Military University started as the Teaching Institute of the Red Army which opened on November 5, 1919 by the order of N.G. Tolmachev of the Petrograd Military District. The first commanding officer of the school was Mikhail Apletin.[2] On August 1, 1974, the Military Institute of the Ministry of Defense (Soviet Union) was formed as an affiliated school of the Vladimir Lenin Military-Political Academy. The modern university was established on July 20, 1994 on the basis of the unification of the Military-Political Academy and Military Institute of the Armed Forces of the USSR. For the first time in one school, the economic, humanitarian, legal and philological areas of officer training were taught at the university level.[3]


  • Vladimir Lenin Military-Political Academy
  • Military Institute of Foreign Languages[4][5]
  • Military Law Academy
  • Military Financial Academy
  • Lviv Higher Military-Political School
  • Moscow Military Conservatory


Current Leadership structure[edit]

  • Commanding Officer – Igor Mishutkin
  • Deputy Commanding Officer – Vladimir Lugovoy
  • Deputy Commandant of the Military University – Vladimir Meadow
  • Deputy Commandant of the Military University for Academic and Scientific Work – Mikhail Smyslov
  • Deputy Commandant of the Military University – Valery Shevtsov
  • Deputy Commandant of the Military University – Marisa Krasnoperova
  • Deputy Commandant of the Military University for Military Political Work – Sergey Basov
  • Chief Researcher and Academic Supervisor – Valery Marchenkov


List of Commanding Officers[edit]

Colonel General Valery Marchenkov hands an award to a United States Army private for his participation in the 2010 Moscow Victory Day Parade.
  • 1974-1978 - Colonel General Ivan Katyshkin
  • 1978-1988 - Colonel General Magomed Tankaev
  • 1988-1992 - Lieutenant-General Alexey Tyurin
  • 1992-1993 - Lieutenant-General Yu. V. Mishin
  • 1994-1999 - Colonel General Nikolai Zvinchukov
  • 1999-2001 - Colonel General Ivan Efremov [ru]
  • 2001-2017 - Colonel General Valery Marchenkov
  • 2017-Present - Lieutenant General Igor Mishutkin


Cadets from Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan in the university.

The university focuses on the five areas of military-humanitarian, military-legal, military-philological, military-conductor and military-financial. It has undergraduate, post graduate and professional continuing education. There are 53 departments across 10 faculties. It teaches 22 foreign languages. There are 11 dissertation councils. In addition to training active duty military, the school offers 15 civilian specialties for recently discharged military members seeking retraining.[7]

The university is organized into the following sections:

  • College of Military Music and Military Band Conductors School
  • National Guard College of the Military University
  • College of Military Finance
  • College of Military Justice
  • College of Military Humanities
  • College of Foreign Languages
  • Special Faculties Course
  • Faculty of Foreign Budgets and Finances
  • Advanced Training and Continuing Education College
  • Military Prosecution Institute


External Links[edit]

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