Igor Sergeyev

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Igor Dmitriyevich Sergeyev
Игорь Дмитриевич Сергеев
Minister of Defence
In office
22 May 1997 – 28 March 2001
Prime Minister
Preceded by Igor Rodionov
Succeeded by Sergei Ivanov
Personal details
Born Igor Dmitriyevich Sergeyev
20 April 1938
Verkhnye, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
Died 10 November 2006(2006-11-10) (aged 68)
Moscow, Russia
Spouse(s) Tamara Sergeyev
Alma mater Military Academy of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Russia
Awards Hero of the Russian Federation medal.png Orden of Honour.png
Military service
Allegiance  Soviet Union
Service/branch Bandera SRF.png Strategic Rocket Forces
Years of service 1955–2001
Rank Marshal of the Russian Federation
Commands Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation

Igor Dmitriyevich Sergeyev (Russian: Игорь Дмитриевич Сергеев) (20 April 1938 — 10 November 2006) was the Defense Minister of the Russian Federation from 22 May 1997 until 28 March 2001. He was the first and (as of 2022) only Marshal of the Russian Federation.


Sergeyev served briefly in the Navy but later transferred to the Army, where he spent most of his career in the Strategic Rocket Forces. Sergeyev became commander in chief of the Strategic Rocket Forces in 1992. In this position he was in charge of securing the former USSR's nuclear weapons.

Defense Minister

Sergeyev was appointed minister of defense in 1997 by Russian President Boris Yeltsin. He was promoted to Marshal of Russia that same year on the 21 November, the only Russian military officer to achieve that rank. Sergeyev accepted reform within a limited budget under civilian political control. The number of military educational establishments was reduced markedly from their previous levels, which had not changed since Soviet times. A number of army divisions were given "permanent readiness" status, which was supposed to bring them up to 80 percent manning and 100 percent equipment holdings. Sergeyev directed most of his efforts toward promoting the interests of the Strategic Rocket Forces. All military space forces were absorbed into the Strategic Rocket Forces, and the Ground Forces Headquarters was abolished. The Airborne Forces suffered some reductions, while the Naval Infantry only escaped due to their competent performance in Chechnya. Much of the available procurement monies were invested in acquiring new rockets.

In December 1999, Sergeyev called NATO enlargement, in and of itself, a threat to global and European collective security and world politics. He particularly stressed the deployment and use of NATO forces out of area without a United Nations or OSCE mandate as a threat that devalues confidence-building measures, arms control treaties and security.

Sergeyev was dismissed as defense minister in March 2001 and was replaced by Sergei Ivanov.

Sergeyev died 10 November 2006 from the effects of blood cancer.


Sergeyev is blamed by some for not effectively acting during Dagestan War in 1999 but is also praised for the fact that the Russian military captured Chechen capital Grozny in 2000 during the Second Chechen War.[citation needed] However, the ongoing fighting in the south of the republic caused some concern about his efficacy after Vladimir Putin became President.

Honours and awards

Hero of the Russian Federation medal.png Hero of the Russian Federation
Orden for Service II.png Order of Merit for the Fatherland, (2nd class (28 March 2001) – a great service to the state and significant contribution to the defence of the Fatherland, 3rd class)
60px Order of Military Merit
Orden of Honour.png Order of Honour (20 April 2003) – for services to strengthen national defence and many years of conscientious service
Order october revolution rib.png Order of October Revolution
Orderredbannerlabor rib.png Order of the Red Banner of Labour
Order service to the homeland3 rib.png Order for Service to the Homeland in the Armed Forces of the USSR, 3rd class
Order redstar rib.png Order of the Red Star
MilitaryVeteranRibbon.png Medal "Veteran of the Armed Forces of the USSR"
20YearsServiceUSSRRibbon.png Medal "For Impeccable Service" 1st, 2nd and 3rd classes
Zhukov rib.png Medal of Zhukov
100 lenin rib.png Jubilee Medal "In Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary since the Birth of Vladimir Il'ich Lenin"
40 years of victory rib.png Jubilee Medal "Forty Years of Victory in the Great Patriotic War 1941–1945"
50 years saf rib.png Jubilee Medal "50 Years of the Armed Forces of the USSR"
60 years saf rib.png Jubilee Medal "60 Years of the Armed Forces of the USSR"
70 years saf rib.png Jubilee Medal "70 Years of the Armed Forces of the USSR"
Ribbon Medal 850 Mosow.png Medal "In Commemoration of the 850th Anniversary of Moscow"
60px Order "Manas", 3rd class (Kyrgyzstan, 20 December 1999) – for his significant contribution to the development of the Kyrgyz–Russian cooperation in military-technical sphere
Order Unification (South Korea)
Order of the Yugoslavian Great Star Rib.png Order of the Yugoslav Star, 1st class (Yugoslavia, 23 December 1999) – for outstanding contribution to the development of cooperation in building friendly relations between peoples and armed forces of both countries
20px Award of the Government of the Russian Federation in the Field of Science and Technology
Орден Дмитрия Донского 2 степени.svg Order of Saint Blessed Prince Dimitry Donskoy great (Russian Orthodox Church)

Political offices
Preceded by
Igor Rodionov
Defence Minister of the Russian Federation
Succeeded by
Sergei Ivanov