Viktor Bondarev


Viktor Nikolaevich Bondarev
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Native name
Виктор Николаевич Бондарев
Born (1959-12-07) December 7, 1959 (age 61)
Voronezh, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Allegiance Soviet Union (1977–1991)
 Russia (1991–2017)
Service/branchRussian Air Force
Years of service1977–2017
RankColonel General
Commands heldRussian Air Force
Russian Aerospace Forces
Battles/warsRussian military intervention in the Syrian Civil War

Viktor Nikolaevich Bondarev (Russian: Виктор Николаевич Бондарев; born December 7, 1959) is a Colonel General[1] and former Commander of the Russian Aerospace Forces (1 August 2015 – 26 September 2017), and the former Commander-in-Chief of the Air Force branch of the Aerospace Forces (6 May 2012 – 1 August 2015).[2][3] He replaced Alexander Zelin, who was dismissed from the military on 27 April 2012.[4]


Bondarev's career started off with his joining the Soviet Air Force in 1977. By 1981, he had graduated from the Boris Aviation Training Centre for flight crews in Borisoglebsk, and by 1992 had graduated from the Gagarin Air Force Academy. In 2004, he graduated from the Military Academy of the General Staff.[5]

He was a squadron commander of the Boris Aviation Training Centre before becoming a deputy commander and senior pilot of the Attack Aviation Regiment, and as such, participated in the Soviet–Afghan War.[5] He then became the commander of the 899th Guards Assault Aviation Regiment located in Buturlinovka, Voronezh; the regiment fought in the First and Second Chechen Wars. In 2000, he became the deputy commander, before being appointed the Commander in 2004, of the 105th Composite Air Division, 16th Army Air Force and Air Defense.[5] From May 2006, he became the Deputy Commander of the 14th Army Air Force and Air Defense; he would become the Commander of the branch in June 2008.[5]

In July 2011, Bondarev was appointed Chief of Staff–Deputy Commander of the Russian Air Force.[5]

On 21 April 2000, via a presidential decree, Bondarev was named a Hero of the Russian Federation for engaging in military activities involving significant risks to his life.[5]


  1. ^ "Официальное опубликование правовых актов в электронном виде". Retrieved 7 November 2015.
  2. ^ Cook, Brad (6 May 2012). "Medvedev Names Russian Navy, Air Force Heads on Last Kremlin Day". Bloomberg L.P. Retrieved 8 May 2012.
  3. ^ "Viktor Bondarev appointed Air Force commander" (Press release). 6 May 2012. Retrieved 8 May 2012.
  4. ^ "Медведев назначил новых главкомов ВВС и ВМФ России" [Medvedev appointed a new commander in chief of the Air Force and Navy of Russia]. 6 May 2012. Retrieved 7 May 2012.
  5. ^ a b c d e f Биография Виктора Бондарева [Biography of Victor Bondarev] (in Russian). RIA Novosti. 6 May 2012. Retrieved 7 May 2012.
Military offices
Preceded by
Alexander Zelin
Commander-in-chief of the Russian Air Force
Succeeded by
Andrey Yudin
(as Chief of the Air Force of the Russian Aerospace Forces)
Preceded by
New creation
Commander-in-Chief of the Aerospace Forces
Succeeded by
Sergei Surovikin