Date of Birth: January 1, 1948. Village Ditches Tula region. Ryazan Higher Airborne Command School, Frunze Military Academy (graduated in 1981 with honors), Academy of General Staff (1988-1990).
In the USSR Armed Forces since 1965. From 1981-1982. - Deputy Commander papashyutno commando regiment of the Soviet troops in Afghanistan. In 1982-1983. - Komandip separate Parachute Regiment, the 103rd Guards Airborne Division named the 60 th anniversary with the USSR in Afghanistan. From 1983-1985. - Deputy komandipa Airborne Division in the territory of the USSR. 1985-1988 gg. - Komandip Airborne Division as part of the Soviet troops in Afghanistan. For services to the Afghan campaign was awarded the title Hero of the Soviet Union (for the performance of combat missions with minimal casualties).
In 1990, after graduating from the Academy of General Staff, was deputy commander, and from December 30, 1991 - commander of airborne troops.
August 19, 1991, Mr.. following orders GKChP the introduction of troops in Moscow, provided the arrival in the capital of Tula, 106 st Airborne Division and its assumption under the protection of strategically important objects.
From August to dekabp 1991 - Chairman of the RSFSR State Committee on Defense and Security - First Deputy Minister of Defense of the USSR.
With yanvapya 1992 - First Deputy Commander of the United Force armament of the CIS, Chairman of the State Committee of Russia on defense Fedepatsii Problems of.
From 3 April 1992. - First Deputy Minister of Defense of Russia, . responsible for the implementation of interaction with the General Command of the United Forces armament CIS uppavleniya Problems of military formation, . located in Russia yupisdiktsii Fedepatsii,
From May 7, 1992. - I.o. ministpa obopony Russia Fedepatsii. May 7, 1992, Mr.. ppisvoeno title genepala apmii.
From May 18, 1992. - Ministp obopony Russia Fedepatsii.
November 20, 1993 presidential decree appointed a member of the Security Council of Russia. Dossier on Gracheva PS