Deputy Chief of the General Staff Alexander Postnikov wrote a report on dismissal. According to the newspaper Kommersant, the general could not find a common language with the head of the General Staff Valery Gerasimov appointed after the resignation of Nikolai Makarov.
According to the high-ranking official of the Ministry of Defense, General Postnikov wrote a letter of resignation "of his own accord" at the end of last year, and he did not meet objections from Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Valery Gerasimov. A source of Kommersant in the presidential administration claims that the decree of resignation has already been signed.
Alexander Postnikov a year ago on the sidelines was called one of the first candidates for departure, although he had not yet reached the age limit of service. The fact is that the general is considered to be a man from the inner circle of the ex-Chief of the General Staff Nikolai Makarov, who left office in November 2012. Postnikov Gerasimov did not immediately dismiss, as there were no sharp contradictions between them.
“It was not a conflict, but a strong distrust,” the newspaper’s interlocutor in the Defense Ministry explained. “It was uncomfortable to work for them, so the decision was brewing.”
General Postnikov in the General Staff was responsible for interaction with NATO, missile defense problems, and the transfer of chemical weapons in Syria to international control.
Alexander Postnikov was born in 1957 year. He graduated from the Kazan Suvorov Military School, Kiev Higher Combined Arms Command School. M. V. Frunze, Military Academy. M. V. Frunze. In 2000, he graduated from the Military Academy of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation. He served as chief of staff of the 22 Army (Combined Arms), since August 2002 of the year - Commander of the 20 Guards Army in the Moscow Military District.
From 2004 of the year - Chief of Staff - First Deputy Commander of the North Caucasian Military District. In December, 2006 was appointed Chief of Staff - First Deputy Commander of the Siberian Military District.
The military rank of "Colonel General" was awarded to Postnikov by presidential decree of 12.06.2006 of the year and by order of the Minister of Defense of 12.06.2006 of the year. Also, by presidential decree and order of the head of the Ministry of Defense in 2007, he was appointed commander of the Siberian military district.
13 January 2010, it became known that Postnikov was appointed commander-in-chief of the Land Forces. Army General Vladimir Boldyrev, the former commander-in-chief of the Ground Forces, was dismissed from the Armed Forces upon reaching the age limit, RIA recalls. "News".