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Gen. Baluyevsky was the First Deputy Minister of Defense and Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation (from 2004 to 2008).

In 1970 he graduated from the Leningrad joint-arms command college, in 1980 from the Frunze Academy and in 1990 from the General Staff Academy. From  1970  to 1982  Mr. Baluyevsky served with the Soviet Army's Ground Forces, advancing from commander of a motorized rifle platoon to senior officer of a military district operations department. He spent some time with the Group of Soviet Forces in Germany. From 1982 to 1997, Baluyevsky held positions at the General Staff, the Defense Ministry and in the Group of Russian Forces of the Transcaucasus. In August 1997, he was appointed chief of the General Staff main operations department, and in July 2004, chief of staff of the Armed Forces and first deputy defense minister.

In June 2008 Gen. Baluevsky was appointed Deputy Secretary of Security Council of the Russian Federation. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Almaz-Antey since July 2005.