Deputy Minister of Defense Lieutenant General Anatoly Zinevich Dies

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–Deputy Minister of Defense of the Republic of Armenia–Lieutenant-General Anatoly Zinevich died prematurely on August 1.

The Ministry of Defense expressed deep condolences to the general’s family on his death. The Armenian Armed Forces sustained a heavy loss–as the formation of the Armenian National Army is associated with the name of the highly experienced military figure.

Anatoly Zinevich was born in Khmelnitsk–Ukraine–in 1932. In 1953–he was admitted to the Proskurov military school. After graduating from the military school–Zinevich continued his education at the Frunze Military Academy. In 1986–he graduated from the higher academic courses for the USSR leadership. Since that time Zinevich had held a number of key posts in the USSR Armed Forces.

In 1992 Zinevich started his service in the Armed Forces of the Republic of Armenia and used his wide experience and knowledge in building up the Armenian Army. In 1992-1994–as advisor to the minister of defense and first deputy of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Armenia and later–deputy minister of defense–Zinevich contributed to the defense of the Armenian borders–enhancement of the fighting efficiency of Armenia’s Armed Forces and tightening of discipline.

In 1994–Zinevich filled the post of the first deputy commander of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic Defense Army–head of the General Staff. In this capacity he distinguished himself as an experienced and competent military commander. He contributed to the improvement of the moral and psychological atmosphere in the army as well as to raising the professional level.

After excellently discharging his duties as head of the General Staff of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic Defense Army–Zinevich was appointed deputy minister of defense of Armenia in 1997.

During his service in the Soviet army–Armenian Armed Forces and Nagorno Karabakh Republic Defense Army Zinevich received numerous rewards.

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