The message reads, in part:
“Gone is a military commander and statesman, a true patriot who dedicated his life to serving our Fatherland. Anatoly Kvashnin proved to be a responsible and demanding leader in all top positions he held, capable of resolving the most challenging tasks. He did much to strengthen the security and territorial integrity of our country. A courageous and determined man, a real officer, he always enjoyed well-deserved recognition from his colleagues and subordinates.”
Anatoly Kvashnin died in Moscow aged 75.