Alexander Nikolayevich Zelin (Russian: Александр Николаевич Зелин; born 6 May 1953) is the current Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Air Force since May 9, 2007. Zelin holds the Air Force rank of colonel-general.
Alexander Zelin was born on 6 May 1953, in Perevalsk, Voroshilovgrad region (now Luhansk Oblast in eastern Ukraine). He graduated from Kharkov Higher Aviation School of Pilots in 1976, Gagarin Air Force Academy in 1988, and General Staff Academy in 1997.
From August 2002 to May 2007 he served as Chief of aviation – Air Force Deputy Commander-in-Chief for aviation.