Ministry of Emergency Situations (Russia)

Russian President Boris Yeltsin established the Ministry of the Russian Federation for Affairs for Civil Defence, Emergencies and Elimination of Consequences of Natural Disasters (Russian: Министерство России по делам гражданской обороны, чрезвычайным ситуациям и ликвидации последствий стихийных бедствий), also known as The Ministry of Emergency Situations, MChS (Russian: Министерство по чрезвычайным ситуациям – МЧС России), or internationally as EMERCOM (derived from "Emergency Control Ministry") on January 10, 1994. One school of thought traces the origins of the agency to December 27, 1990, when the RSFSR established the Russian Rescue Corps and assigned it the mission of rapid response in the case of emergencies.[1]

As of 2016 the Head of Ministry is Vladimir Puchkov, appointed on May 17, 2012, and replacing Sergey Shoygu, the foundational Emergencies Minister who served in the role for sixteen years.

Ministry for Civil Defence, Emergencies and Elimination of Consequences of Natural Disasters
Министерство по делам гражданской обороны, чрезвычайным ситуациям и ликвидации последствий стихийных бедствий
Ministerstvo po delam grazhdanskoy oborony, chrezvychainym situatsiyam i likvidatsii posledstviy stihiynyh bedstviy
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Flag of the Russian Ministry of Extraordinary Situations
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Agency overview
FormedDecember 27, 1990
Preceding agency
  • Russian Rescue Corps
JurisdictionPresident of Russia
HeadquartersTeatralny proyezd 3, Moscow
55°45′34.88″N 37°37′22.00″E / 55.7596889°N 37.6227778°ECoordinates: 55°45′34.88″N 37°37′22.00″E / 55.7596889°N 37.6227778°E
Minister responsible
  • Vladimir Puchkov, Minister for the Affairs of Civil Defence, Emergency Situations and Disaster Relief
Parent agencyGovernment of Russia
Child agencies


Postal stamps of Russia about EMERCOM.

The history of civil defence services in Russia traces to the years of Muscovy rule and the 1649 "Direction on Municipal rescue" decree of Tsar Alexis of Russia which officially raised the Moscow Municipal Fire Service, the first active fire department in Russia. When Peter the Great was Tsar, Saint Petersburg was given its own fire department modeled on Western practices of the time. By 1863 it was transformed, by orders of Tsar Alexander II of Russia, as the first ever professional fire service in Russia and Eastern Europe.

Starting in 1932 civil defense matters were performed by the Local Air Defense Units (Местная противовоздушная оборона PBO-C, Mestnaya protivovozdushnaya oborona PVO-S) under the nascent Soviet Air Defense Forces, which were transferred to the NKVD in 1940 (and served with distinction, together with the NKVD Fire Services Command founded in 1918, in the Great Patriotic War). In 1960 it was returned to the Ministry of Defense as a service branch of the Soviet Armed Forces (the Civil Defence Forces of the Ministry of Defense) and a directly reporting agency, while the MVD retained the firefighting service.

In the aftermath of the events of the 1988 Armenian earthquake and the Chernobyl disaster, on July 17, 1990 a directive decision of the Presidium of The Supreme Council of Russian Socialist Soviet Republic led to the formation of the Russian Rescue Corps (Российский корпус спасателей), which eventually was formed by the Soviet Government on December 27, 1990.

On April 17, 1991 the Presidium of The Supreme Council of Russia appointed Sergei Shoigu as Chairman of the State Committee for Extraordinary Situations (Государственный Комитет по чрезвычайным ситуациям, ГКЧС), which succeeded the RRC.

On November 19, 1991 The State committee was merged with the Headquarters for Civil Defense of the USSR (under the Ministry of Defense) to create the State Committee of the Russian Federation for Civil Defence Matters, Extraordinary Situations and the Liquidation of Natural Disasters (Государственный комитет по делам гражданской обороны, чрезвычайным ситуациям и ликвидации последствий стихийных бедствий при Президенте РСФСР) and was subordinated to the President of Russia.

On January 10, 1994 The State committee became part of the Government of Russia and the ministry was named The Ministry for the Affairs of Civil Defence, Emergency Situations and Disaster Relief, with Sergei Shoigu as a minister.

On January 1, 2002, The Russian State Fire Service, the National Fire service, became part of the ministry with 278,000 firefighters, removed from the Ministry of Internal Affairs control after 84 years.

On May 12, 2012, Vladimir Puchkov was appointed as the new minister, replacing Shoigu who was later appointed as Defense Minister after a brief stint as Governor of Moscow Oblast.


According to an EMERCOM publication, the Ministry is an agency of Federal Executive Power with the following tasks:

  • developing proposals and initiatives in the sphere of State policy on issues within the Ministry's competence;
  • managing the Civil Defence and Search and rescue Service in the Russian Federation;
  • providing for the functioning and further development of the Russian System of Disaster Management (RSDM);
  • directing activities aimed at eliminating the consequences of large-scale disasters, catastrophes and other emergencies;
  • conducting special submarine activities;
  • supervising the use of finance resources allocated to the Government for disaster management and response;
  • organizing the training of the population, and governing agencies and the RSDM forces for disaster management and response;
  • and organizing international cooperation in the fields of the Ministry's competency.


Sergey Shoigu

Сергей Шойгу. Национальный центр управления в кризисных ситуациях МЧС
Sergey Shoygu, was Minister from 1991 to 2012

The First Minister in charge of EMERCOM was Sergei Shoigu. He was appointed by President Yeltsin in November 1991 as Chairman of the State Committee of the Russian Federation for Civil Defence Matters, Extraordinary Situations and the Liquidation of Natural Disasters. Shoigu was given the rank of Major General in October 1994, and his committee became a ministry in January 1994. President Yeltsin showed his faith in the importance of EMERCOM by designating Minister Shoigu a member of the Russian Security Council by Presidential Decree on February 1, 1994. In May 2012 he was appointed as Governor of Moscow Oblast and he resigned from his office.

Vladimir Puchkov

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Vladimir Puchkov, the Minister since May 2012

Vladimir Puchkov was the Deputy Minister of Emergencies. In May 2012 he was appointed as Minister.


  • Department for the Protection of the Population and Territories
  • Department for Disaster Prevention
  • Department of Forces
  • Department for International Cooperation
  • Department for the Elimination of Consequences of Radiological and other Disasters
  • Department for Science and Technology
  • Management Department

Commissions and Boards

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  • Interagency Commission of the Russian Federation for Fighting Forest Fires
  • Interagency Commission of the Russian Federation for Floods
  • Interagency Maritime Coordinating Commission for Emergencies on the Seas and Water Basins
  • Interagency Commission of the Russian Federation for the Certification of Rescuers

Working through the office of the Prime Minister, the Ministry can ask for private, Ministry of Defence or National Guard of Russia assistance. That is, the Ministry has international coordination power and the ability to tap local resources if required.

The Department of International Cooperation, to present an example of the activities of one of these departments and commissions, has already signed agreements on cooperation during disaster response and prevention with Germany, Italy, France, Switzerland, Poland, Belarus, Georgia, and Kazakhstan. Mutual assistance pacts are ready for signing with Mongolia, Latvia, Finland, Armenia, Moldova, Serbia and Estonia. An agreement also exists with the U.N. High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), and agreements are sought with the OSCE and NATO.

Internal organizations

  • Regional Centres – EMERCOM centres are located in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Rostov-on-Don, Samara, Yekaterinburg, Novosibirsk, Krasnoyarsk, Chita and Khabarovsk.
  • Civil Defence and Emergency Headquarters – Many regions, provinces, autonomous administrative units, districts and towns possess these headquarters.
  • Command and Control Center – These centers are located in Moscow, and in each region and oblast.
  • Training and Education Facilities – These include the Civil Defense Academy, Training and Methodology centres, an All-Russia Scientific Research Institute, an All-Russian Monitoring and Laboratory Control Centre, and a Centre for Scientific Analysis of Civil Defence Issues.
MChS Beriev Be-200 waterbomber
Beriev Be-200 of the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations
MChS Rossii Kamov Ka-226
Kamov Ka-226 of the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations

To perform rapid response operations the following forces and equipment are available:

  • Russian State Fire Service
  • Central Air-Mobile Rescue Team – These teams are equipped with aviation facilities that include helicopters and cargo aircraft (Ilyushin Il-76, Antonov An-72, An-148-100EM,[2] Ka-32A11VS). The teams have taken part in United Nations' humanitarian delivery operations.
  • Civil Defense Troops – These troops consist of military troop divisions and regiments stationed in various regions of the country aimed at civil defense measures during natural and man-made disasters.
  • EMERCOM Civil Defense Academy, Moscow – trains all officers and non-commissioned personnel of the Ministry in the duties of civil defense.
  • Search and Rescue Service – This service maintains 30 units in various republics, regions and provinces.



Name Type Origin Photo
Ka-226 Light utility helicopter  Russia MChS Rossii Kamov Ka-226
Ka-32A Transport helicopter  Russia Kamov Ka-32A, MChS Rossii - Russia Ministry for Emergency Situations AN1750249
Mi-26 Heavy lift cargo helicopter  Soviet Union Mil Mi-26T, MChS Rossii - Russia Ministry for Emergency Situations AN1579710
Mi-8 Transport helicopter  Soviet Union Mil Mi-8MTV-1, MChS Rossii - Russia Ministry for Emergency Situations AN1577282
Il-76TD Transport airplane  Soviet Union MChS Rossii Ilyushin Il-76TD Ates-1
An-3 Multipurpose aircraft  Ukraine  Russia MChS Rossii Antonov An-3T-1
An-74P Transport airplane  Soviet Union Antonov An-74P, MChS Rossii - Russia Ministry for Emergency Situations AN2171485
Be-200 Multirole amphibian  Russia MChS Beriev Be-200 waterbomber
2 Antonov 148-100 (as of August 2017)[3] Passenger aircraft  Ukraine Rossiya Antonov An-148-100B Dvurekov-20
2 Sukhoi Superjet 100-95LR (as of August 2017)[3] Passenger aircraft  Russia
Il-62 Passenger aircraft  Soviet Union MChS Rossii Ilyushin Il-62 Osokin
Yak-42D Passenger aircraft  Soviet Union MChS Rossii Yakovlev Yak-42D Kustov


Name Type Origin Photo
GAZelle GAZ-2705  Russia Газель МЧС
PPU48-03 (Kamaz-43118 chassis) Mobile control point  Russia Integrated Safety and Security Exhibition 2008 (61-35)
ASM-41-022 (base UAZ-3909) Rescue of general purpose  Russia УАЗ 452 Котласская городская служба спасения 4
ASM-48-031 (Kamaz-43118 chassis) Rescue vehicle  Russia Integrated Safety and Security Exhibition 2013 (500-10)
Car for transportation department paramilitary mountain rescue units (Kamaz-4308 based)  Russia Integrated Safety and Security Exhibition 2013 (502-15)
Petrovich-204-60 All-terrain vehicle  Russia Integrated Safety and Security Exhibition 2011 (363-52)
ZiL-49061 Amphibious vehicle  Soviet Union


Name Type Origin Photo
Mars-700 Hovercraft  Russia Integrated Safety and Security Exhibition 2013 (500-28)
Mars-2000 Hovercraft  Russia Mars-2000
Khivus-6 Hovercraft  Russia Hovercraft Khivus-6
Mongoose (project 12150M) Airboat  Russia Mongoose 12150


Integrated Safety and Security Exhibition 2012 (452-9)

EMERCOM GAZ Valdai three door extended cab

УАЗ 452 Котласская городская служба спасения 4

Emergency service vehicle on the basis of all-wheel drive minivan terrain UAZ-2206

Газель МЧС

Emergency service vehicle on the basis minivan GAZelle

Камаз-43118 МЧС ф2

EMERCOM Kamaz logistic trucks

2018 Moscow Victory Day Parade 42

EMERCOM soldiers from Civil Defense Troops on Victory Day Parade 2018

See also


  1. ^ "Russian Rescue Corps established. Russian Rescuer Day". Presidential Library. Presidential Library. Archived from the original on March 15, 2016. Retrieved May 13, 2016. [On] December 27, 1990 a decree by the Council of Ministers of the RSFSR № 606 "On the establishment of the Russian Rescue Corps as the RSFSR State Committee, as well as the formation of a unified state and social system of forecasting, prevention and emergency response" was adopted.
  2. ^ "bmpd". Archived from the original on December 24, 2012. Retrieved March 10, 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Global Airline Guide 2017 (Part Two)". Airliner World (November 2017): 30. |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  • EMERCOM of Russia, publication of the Ministry of Emergency Situations
  • "EMERCOM: RUSSIA'S EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM" (1995), Mr. Timothy L. Thomas, Foreign Military Studies Office, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Low Intensity Conflict and Law Enforcement, Vol 4, Autumn 1995, No 2

External links

1988 Armenian earthquake

The 1988 Armenian earthquake, also known as the Spitak earthquake (Armenian: Սպիտակի երկրաշարժ Spitaki yerkrašarž), occurred on December 7 at 11:41 local time with a surface wave magnitude of 6.8 and a maximum MSK intensity of X (Devastating). The shock occurred in the northern region of Armenia (then part of the Soviet Union) which is vulnerable to large and destructive earthquakes and is part of a larger active seismic belt that stretches from the Alps to the Himalayas. Activity in the area is associated with tectonic plate boundary interaction and the source of the event was slip on a thrust fault just to the north of Spitak. The complex incident ruptured multiple faults, with a strike-slip event occurring shortly after the initiation of the mainshock. Between 25,000 and 50,000 were killed and up to 130,000 were injured.

Seismologists thoroughly studied the effects of the Spitak event, including the mainshock and aftershock fault rupture mechanisms and were on site setting up temporary seismometers before the end of 1988. Earthquake engineering experts scrutinized building construction styles and found fault in the poorly constructed apartments and other buildings that were built during the Era of Stagnation under the rule of Leonid Brezhnev. The cities of Spitak, Leninakan (Gyumri), and Kirovakan (Vanadzor) were greatly affected with large losses of life and devastating effects to buildings and other structures. A number of the smaller outlying villages away from the larger population centers were also severely affected.

Despite the tensions of the Cold War, Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev formally asked the United States for humanitarian help within a few days of the earthquake, the first such request since the late 1940s. One hundred and thirteen countries sent substantial amounts of humanitarian aid to the Soviet Union in the form of rescue equipment, search teams and medical supplies. Private donations and assistance from non-governmental organizations also had a large part of the international effort. While transporting some of these supplies to the region, a Soviet aircraft carrying 9 crew members and 69 military personnel, and a transport plane from Yugoslavia, were both destroyed in separate incidents. In support of the relief effort, recording artists united to produce several music-related contributions for the victims of the quake. A song was produced by a duo of French composers (including Charles Aznavour) and a studio album that featured songs donated by mainstream rock bands was released from the Rock Aid Armenia effort by the British music industry.

2010 Moscow Metro bombings

The 2010 Moscow Metro bombings were suicide bombings carried out by two women during the morning rush hour of March 29, 2010, at two stations of the Moscow Metro (Lubyanka and Park Kultury), with roughly 40 minutes interval between. At least 40 people were killed, and over 100 injured.

Russian officials called the incident "the deadliest and most sophisticated terrorist attack in the Russian capital in six years", a reference to the Avtozavodskaya and Rizhskaya bombings in 2004. At the time of the attacks, an estimated 500,000 people were commuting through Moscow's metro system.Initial investigation indicated that the bombings were perpetrated by the militant Islamist Caucasus Emirate group. On March 31, Caucasus Emirate leader Doku Umarov claimed responsibility for ordering the attacks in a video released on the internet. He also stated that such attacks in Russia would continue unless Russia grants independence to Muslim states in the North Caucasus region. The man who brought the suicide bombers to Moscow was arrested in July 2010. The Anti-Terror Committee of Russia confirmed in August 2010 that Magomedali Vagabov, along with four other militants, was killed in an operation in Dagestan. He is believed to be a militant behind the bombings, a close associate of Doku Umarov and the husband of Mariam Sharipova, one of the two suicide bombers.


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List of Sukhoi Superjet 100 orders and deliveries

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It is impossible to confirm the accuracy of the Superjet order backlog as the manufacturer does not provide up to date order information, and there have been no updates on many longstanding orders.

Ministry of Emergency Situations

Ministry of Emergency Situations is a ministry in several countries:

Ministry of Emergency Situations (Armenia)

Ministry of Emergency Situations (Azerbaijan)

Ministry of Emergency Situations (Belarus)

Ministry of Emergency Situations (Kazakhstan)

Kyrgyzstan Emergency Situations Ministry

Ministry of Emergency Situations (Russia)

Ministry of Emergency Situations (Uzbekistan)

Turkmen Emergency Situations Ministry

State Emergency Service of Ukraine

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