The military districts of Russia are a system of military districts in Russia that serve as administrative divisions for the Russian Armed Forces. Each district features a geographical territory based on Russia's federal subjects, and a headquarters administering the military formations based in the respective territory.
There are currently five military districts in Russia: five military districts (Western Military District, Central Military District, Eastern Military District, Southern Military District and Northern Military District).
Leningrad Military District, Moscow Military District and Kaliningrad Special Region were merged to form the Western Military District.
Since 1 December 2010, all military districts except the Western Military District had been replaced by three larger districts, based on recommendations of the 2008 Russian military reforms. The Central Military District was formed from a merger of the Volga-Urals Military District and most of the Siberian Military District, with the remainder (Buryatia and Zabaykalsky Krai) transferred to the Far East Military District to form the Eastern Military District. The North Caucasus Military District was replaced with the Southern Military District. The reform was according to Decree of the President of Russia No 1144 on 20 September 2010.
On December 15, 2014, the Northern Fleet of the Russian Navy was removed from Western Military District and the boundaries of it jurisdiction were expanded to form the Northern Fleet Joint Strategic Command. The new military command included Murmansk Oblast, Arkhangelsk Oblast, and numerous Russian islands in the Arctic Ocean.
The only military command, the Northern Fleet Joint Strategic Command which was planned for transformation into a fully fledged military district from 1 January 2021 onwards, according to a Decree of Russian Vladimir Putin on 5 June 2020 has become Northern Military District. Since 1 January 2021, Northern fleet has the status of military district.
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