Former Russian Defense Minister Grachev Dies

Former Russian Defense Minister Pavel Grachev died on 2.40 p.m. Moscow time on Sunday at the Vishnevsky military clinic near Moscow, a clinic representative told RIA Novosti.

“Pavel Sergeyevich Grachev died today at 2.40 p.m.” the clinic said, but did not give a cause of death.

Grachev was admitted to the clinic on September 12 and was reported to be in a serious condition.

Grachev held the post of Defense Minister under President Yeltsin from 1992-1996. He will always be remembered as one of the architects of the first Russian campaign in Chechnya against its breakaway ruler Dzhokar Dudayev.

From 2008 he served on the advisory board of a radio factory in Omsk.


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