|Premier Ivan Silayev|
Allegiance Soviet Union Russia
Role Political leader
|Succeeded by Post abolished|
Name Yevgeny Shaposhnikov
Preceded by Dmitry Yazov
Years of service 1963–1993
Commands Soviet Air Forces
|Born 3 February 1942 (age 73)
Rostov Oblast, Soviet Union (1942-02-03) |
Other political affiliations Communist Party of the Soviet Union
Service/branch Soviet Air Forces, Russian Air Force
Battles and wars Soviet–Afghan War
Yevgeny Ivanovich Shaposhnikov (Russian: Евгений Иванович Шапошников; born 3 February 1942) is a Russian military leader and business figure, Marshal of Aviation (1991).
- Early years
- Military career
- Soviet Union
- Commonwealth of Independent States/Russian Federation
- Business career
Shaposhnikov was born on a farm near Aksay in Rostov Oblast Russia. He graduated from the Kharkov Higher Military Aviation School in 1963 and the Gagarin Air Force Academy in 1969.
Shaposhnikov joined the Soviet Air Force and rose through the ranks. In 1987–1988, Yevgeny Shaposhnikov was the air force commander of the Group of Soviet Forces in Germany (16th Air Army?). In July 1990, he was appointed commander-in-chief of the Soviet Air Force.
In August - December 1991, Yevgeny Shaposhnikov held the post of Minister of Defence of Soviet Union (and thus the last Soviet Defence Minister).
Commonwealth of Independent States/Russian Federation
In 1992 - 1993, he was commander-in-chief of the CIS Armed Forces. In June–September 1993, Yevgeny Shaposhnikov held the post of the secretary of the Security Council of the Russian Federation.
In January 1994, he became a representative of the President of the Russian Federation in the main arms-exporting company Rosvooruzhenie, in November 1995 – March 1997 he was the CEO (General Director) of Aeroflot airline company. He has been employed as an adviser of the President of the Russian Federation on matters of aviation and space exploration since March 1997.