Valery Gerasimov

Valery Vasilevich Gerasimov (Russian: ???????? ??????????? ??????????; IPA: [v??l?er??j v??s?il??v??t? g???ras??m?f]; born 8 September 1955) is a Russian General, the current Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Russia, and first Deputy Defence Minister, replacing Nikolay Makarov.

In 2015, the Defence Ministry will focus its efforts on increasing the combat capabilities of its units and increasing combat strength in accordance with the military development plans, special attention will be given to the groups in Crimea, the Kaliningrad region and the Arctic.