Russia’s Ministry of Defense changed its name multiple times during its 210-year history. While its purpose has always remained unchanged and involved securing the homeland’s territorial integrity and independence and reliable protection of government interests.

The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation was established by the Order of the President of the Russian Federation of 16 March 1992 as a successor of the USSR Ministry of Defense. The Presidential Order of 6 November 2012 appointed Sergey Kuzhugetovich Soygu, Hero of the Russian Federation and General of the Army, as the Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation.

Today, the Ministry of Defense is a federal executive body responsible for development and implementation of the government policy and regulation in the defense sector. The Ministry of Defense is governed by the President of Russia.

The Ministry of Defense is a governing body of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation. It consists of the General Staff, main and central administration offices and a range of other units.

The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation includes supreme command of all armed services and branches (Ground Forces, Air Forces, and the Navy), command of combat arms (Strategic Missile Forces, Aerospace Defense Forces, and Airborne Special Forces), Defense Logistics Agency and other management bodies.

The Physical Education Office of the Armed Forces is a structural unit of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation responsible for the Ministry’s activities focused on Russia’s participation in the International Military Sports Council (CISM). Colonel Oleg Stanislavovich Botsman was appointed the Head of the Physical Education Office of the Armed Forces in June 2012.

In 2013, the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation re-established four athletic companies as part of the Central Sports Club of the Army that are currently located in Balashikha, Moscow Region; Samara, St. Petersburg and Sochi intended for 400 military athletes. This has resulted in continuity in the preparation of top level athletes representing Russia at the international and army competitions. Military athletes were first drafted to new companies on 19 May 2013. Over three years, military personnel of sports company of CSKA became Champions and prize-winners in sporting events of international and Russian level more than 500 times. Six athletes won Olympic medals.

The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation launched the All-Russian patriotic movement “Junarmija” (Young Army) in May 2016. Its purpose is to raise awareness of young people of Russia’s geography and history, its peoples, heroes and outstanding scientists and military leaders. Today, Junarmija brings together more than 42,000 followers from all regions of Russia.

Acted as an organizer of the III World Military Winter Games in Sochi the Ministry of Defense has taken another step to strengthen the image of the Russian Army and Russia in the eyes of the international community. The initiative of the Ministry of Defense is aimed at comprehensive support of the development of sport and physical culture.

Official website: mil.ru