Igor Sergeyev

Igor Dmitrievich Sergeyev (Russian Игорь Дмитриевич Сергеев, scientific transliteration Igor Sergeev Dmitrievič; born April 20, 1938 in Verkhny at Woroschilowgrad, † November 10, 2006 in Moscow) was the only one until today Marshal of the Russian Federation.

The 1989 Deputy Chief of the Strategic Missile Forces, Lieutenant General Ascended survived even after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, all changes of government. In 1992 he became head of the missile troops.

In May 1997, Russia's first President Boris Yeltsin appointed him Minister of Defense and promoted him in November 1997, even to the Marshal of Russia after the title of Marshal of the Soviet Union was no longer conferred or abolished since 1991. By law Sergeyev would have been in April 1998 must be retired after his 60th year of life, however, both Yeltsin and his successor Vladimir Putin extended his term by presidential decree over again for another year.

During his tenure, the Second Chechen War erupted in 1999 and fell in August 2000, the sinking of the nuclear submarine K -141 Kursk. The latter hurt the reputation Sergejews, which henceforth lost Putin's favor. In addition, Chief of Staff Kvashnin seemed to intrigue against his minister. Sergeyev and the commander-in -chief of the Navy offered its resignation to Putin but initially refused.

In March 2001, he was eventually replaced as defense minister and got a job as a security adviser to the president, from 2005 until his death he was the " Club of the military leaders of the Russian Federation" for, an opposition organization of retired officers, generals and ex-defense.