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In many sources on the Internet you can read comments: “civilian minister”, “did not do military service in the army.”

And Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu took on the eve of the International Army Games – 2021 and personally ran the track of the most spectacular Tank Biathlon competition. The minister changed the general's cap for a tank helmet and took up the levers of the T-80BVM tank.

– The combat vehicle under the control of the head of the military department confidently passed the ford, track bridge, escarp, barrow, comb, slope, maneuvering area, anti-tank ditch with a passage and a limited passage at the Alabinsky tank range. More than 4 kilometers of the track prepared for the competition of tank crews, the Russian Defense Ministry confirmed.

– Does he have a driver's license for a tank? – asked the readers in the comments.

“Driver's license” for the Shoigu tank is definitely not needed. At the beginning of the video, a black and white photograph was published, where the future minister stands at the head of a tank crew against the background of a Soviet tank. He himself is in a tank suit.

As it became known to “Komsomolskaya Pravda” the authors of the video took a snapshot from the official account of the press secretary of the Minister of Russia Markovskaya. And there it is signed like this: “I work with the personal archive of the Minister. The names of the folders:” Bosnia “,” Serbia “,” Kosovo “,” South Ossetia. “Many photographs from black and white times. I think some of them are worth showing. tank training ground, 1977 “.


According to official information, Sergei Shoigu graduated from the Krasnoyarsk Polytechnic Institute in 1977 with a degree in civil engineering. But like any Soviet student, he was obliged to unlearn at the military department and go through military training in order to receive a military specialty and rank.

This can be confirmed by another photo, where the future minister with arms in his hands takes the army oath in a military unit on the territory of Khakassia. As we can see, our minister is not such a “civilian”: he took the military oath for sure, wore a tank overalls and even learned to control a tank.

Following the inspection of the track, Sergei Shoigu highly appreciated the readiness of the infrastructure of the training ground in Alabin for holding ARMY-2021 and wished success in the competition to the Russian crews of combat vehicles.


The International Army Games Tank Biathlon competition in 2021 will be held at the Alabino training ground from August 22 to September 4, teams from more than 20 countries will take part in it.

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