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Friday, 21 January, 2000, 17:44 GMT
High-flying career of missing general

General Malofeyev The Chechens say they have captured General Malofeyev


Major General Mikhail Malofeyev, who has been missing in action in Chechnya since Tuesday, had only recently been officially transferred to the conflict zone, according to Russian media sources.

His transfer from the Leningrad Military district took effect in November 1999.

His post is described as head of the combat-training department of the North Caucasus Military District's 58th army, and deputy-commander of the northern federal forces group in Chechnya.

He is understood to be a veteran of the first Chechen War in 1994-96, but reports give no details about his role.

General Malofeyev, 45, graduated from the Kirov Combined Arms Command School in Leningrad in 1977.


Malofeyev facts
Born Nakhodka, Russian Far East
Graduate of Frunze military academy
Veteran of first Chechen war (1994-96)
Disappeared 18 January

He commanded a platoon and a company, and was a battalion chief of staff. He served in the Group of Soviet Forces in Germany, in the Transcaucasus and Turkestan Military Districts and in the Arctic.

General Malofeyev graduated from the Frunze Academy, and served as a battalion commander, deputy regimental commander, regimental chief of staff and commander and deputy divisional commander.

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