Viktor Bondarev

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Viktor Nikolaevich Bondarev
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Native name Виктор Николаевич Бондарев
Born (1959-12-07) December 7, 1959 (age 62)
Voronezh, USSR
Allegiance  Soviet Union,  Russia
Years of service 1977–present
Rank Colonel General

Viktor Nikolaevich Bondarev (Russian: Виктор Николаевич Бондарев; born December 7, 1959, in Voronezh, USSR) is a Colonel General[1] and the current Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Air Force, having been appointed to the post on 6 May 2012.[2][3] He replaced Alexander Zelin, who was dismissed from the military on 27 April.[4]


Bondarev's career started off with his joining the Soviet Air Force in 1977. By 1981, he had graduated from the Boris Aviation Training Centre for flight crews in Borisoglebsk, and by 1992 had graduated from the Gagarin Air Force Academy. In 2004, he graduated from the Military Academy of the General Staff.[5]

He was a squadron commander of the Boris Aviation Training Centre before becoming a deputy commander and senior pilot of the Attack Aviation Regiment, and as such, participated in the Soviet war in Afghanistan.[5] He then became the commander of the 899th Guards Assault Aviation Regiment located in Buturlinovka, Voronezh; the regiment fought in the First and Second Chechen Wars. In 2000, he became the deputy commander, before being appointed the Commander in 2004, of the 105th Composite Air Division, 16th Army Air Force and Air Defense.[5] From May 2006, he became the Deputy Commander of the 14th Army Air Force and Air Defense; he would become the Commander of the branch in June 2008.[5]

In July 2011, Bondarev was appointed Chief of Staff–Deputy Commander of the Russian Air Force.[5]

On 21 April 2000, via a presidential decree, Bondarev was named a Hero of the Russian Federation for engaging in military activities involving significant risks to his life.[5]


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  2. Cook, Brad (6 May 2012). "Medvedev Names Russian Navy, Air Force Heads on Last Kremlin Day". Bloomberg L.P. Retrieved 8 May 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Viktor Bondarev appointed Air Force commander" (Press release). 6 May 2012. Retrieved 8 May 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Медведев назначил новых главкомов ВВС и ВМФ России". 6 May 2012. Retrieved 7 May 2012. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 Биография Виктора Бондарева. RIA Novosti (in Russian). 6 May 2012. Retrieved 7 May 2012. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help)CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
Military offices
Preceded by
Alexander Zelin
Commander-in-chief of the Russian Air Force
Succeeded by