Armed Forces of the Russian Federation
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, established after the break-up of the Soviet Union
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. On 7 May 1992 Boris Yeltsin
Boris Nikolayevich Yeltsin was the first President of the Russian Federation, serving from 1991 to 1999.Originally a supporter of Mikhail Gorbachev, Yeltsin emerged under the perestroika reforms as one of Gorbachev's most powerful political opponents. On 29 May 1990 he was elected the chairman of...
signed a decree establishing the Russian Ministry of Defence and placing all Soviet Armed Forces
Soviet Armed Forces
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troops on the territory of the RSFSR under Russian Federation control. The Supreme Commander
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of the Armed Forces is the President of the Russian Federation.