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Marshal of the Soviet Union Viktor Kulikov died in Moscow

Marshal of the Soviet Union, Hero of the USSR Viktor Kulikov died on Tuesday in Moscow at the age of 91, Nikolai Deryabin, the head of the office of the Club of Military Commanders of Russia, said.

“Marshal Kulikov died in Moscow after a severe and prolonged illness in the 92 year of life,” Deryabin told Interfax.

According to RIA "News, Kulikova will be buried at the Novodevichy cemetery in Moscow. The farewell ceremony with the Marshal of the Soviet Union will be held 31 May in the Cultural Center of the Russian Armed Forces from 11.00 to 13.00

“By the decision of the Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation, Army General Sergei Shoigu, a commission was created to organize the funeral of Marshal Kulikov. Head of the General Staff of the RF Armed Forces General of the Army Valery Gerasimov was appointed chairman of the commission, ”the Defense Ministry reported, noting that Shoigu expressed condolences to the family and marshal.

Victor Kulikov was born on July 5 1921, in the village of Verkhnyaya Lyubovsha, Oryol Region. Entered the Red Army in the 1939 year after the end of the 10 classes.

Graduated from the Grozny Military Infantry School, the Officer's Higher Armored School, the Frunze Military Academy, and the General Staff Military Academy. From 1941 to 1945 he held various command positions in tank units on the South-West, Kalinin, 1st Baltic and 2nd Belorussian fronts. From February 1943 to May 1945, he was deputy chief and chief of staff of a separate tank brigade.

From 1971 to 1977, the year was Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the USSR - 1-m Deputy Minister of Defense of the USSR. From 1989 to January, 1992 is the Inspector General of the Inspectors General Group of the USSR Ministry of Defense. In 1992, he became an adviser to the Commander-in-Chief of the United Armed Forces of the CIS, and since September 1992, he has been an adviser to the Russian Ministry of Defense.

Kulikov wore the title of Hero of the Soviet Union, was an academician of the Academy of Military Sciences and a laureate of the Lenin Prize.

It should be noted that at present, two marshals of the Soviet Union survived in Russia - Vasily Petrov and Dmitry Yazov.

Soviet military leader, Marshal of the USSR, Hero of the Soviet Union Viktor Georgievich Kulikov was born on July 5, 1921, near Orel, in the village of Verkhnyaya Lyubovsha, in a working-peasant family. Father - George Filippovich, mother - Anastasia Ivanovna.
Viktor Kulikov’s childhood passed in the village of Nevinnomysskaya (now the city of Nevinnomyssk, Stavropol Territory). In 1939, he graduated from a ten-year school in the village and entered the Grodno Military Infantry School, which he graduated from in 1941.
During World War II, Viktor Kulikov fought in tank units on the South-Western, Kalinin, 1 Baltic and 2 Belorussian fronts, commanded a company, was chief of staff of a battalion, brigade.
He participated in a border defense battle in Western Ukraine, in Kiev and in Kharkov defensive operations.
From October 1945 to November 1957 was the battalion commander, deputy regiment commander, regiment commander, chief of staff and division commander.
In 1947, he graduated from the Higher Armored School, in 1953, in the Military Academy named after MV Frunze, and in 1959, in the Military Academy of the General Staff.
In 1959-1961, he was deputy army commander in the Belarusian Military District.
In 1961-1962, he was on a business trip in the Republic of Ghana as a senior group of Soviet military specialists to provide technical assistance.
In 1962-1964, he was the first deputy commander, and in 1964-1967, he was the commander of the 6 armored army (Petrozavodsk city) of the Leningrad Military District.
In 1967-1969, Viktor Kulikov commanded the troops of the Kiev Military District, in 1969-1971 he was the Commander-in-Chief of the Soviet Forces Group in Germany, then Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces - First Deputy Minister of Defense of the USSR, from January 1977 to January 1989 he was First Deputy Minister of Defense USSR - Commander-in-Chief of the United Armed Forces of the States Parties to the Warsaw Pact.
14 January 1977 was awarded the title of Marshal of the Soviet Union to Viktor Kulikov. In 1981, he was awarded the title Hero of the Soviet Union.
In 1983, the Lenin Prize was awarded. In 1971-1991, he was a member of the Central Committee of the CPSU; in 1999-2003, he was a deputy to the State Duma of the Russian Federation.
In 2000-2003 - Chairman of the Committee on Veterans Affairs of the State Duma of the Russian Federation. He was a member of the Supreme Council of the United Russia party.
In 2004, Viktor Kulikov was awarded the title of Honorary Citizen of the city of Orel and the Oryol Region.
Other awards include Viktor Kulikov: the Golden Star of the Hero of the Soviet Union (1981), four orders of Lenin, three orders of the Red Banner, three orders of the Patriotic War 1 degree, the Order of the Red Star, 18 medals (including "For bravery" and " For military merit "), as well as 31 order and medals of foreign countries. Winner of the Lenin Prize (1983), the GK Zhukov Prize, the MV Frunze Prize.
Victor Kulikov lived in Moscow, was married to Maria Maksimovna Kulikova. Had two daughters, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
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  1. MilaPhone
    MilaPhone 29 May 2013 07: 37
    Condolences to the relatives and friends of the Hero of the Soviet Union.
  2. aszzz888
    aszzz888 29 May 2013 08: 13
    Veterans are leaving.
    Land in peace to you comrade Marshal of the Soviet Union!
    Everlasting memory!
    1. edge
      edge 29 May 2013 14: 23
      The fighters of the Red Empire, the empire that has realized and defended a new world order, which has given many nations the opportunity to realize themselves as free and supported them on the path of liberation, are leaving ..... PEACE YOU ARE MUCH.
      1. shura.mekishin
        shura.mekishin 13 June 2013 09: 32
        Is there such a thing as "RED EMPIRE"? Where did you get this?
  3. smershspy
    smershspy 29 May 2013 08: 50
    Accept my sincere condolences! Heroes were, are and will be - the main thing is that they are always remembered!
  4. omsbon
    omsbon 29 May 2013 08: 57
    There is not yet another creator of the Great Victory! A man with honor passed the fiery versts of war!
    Eternal memory to you, Victor Georgievich Kulikov!
  5. sys-1985
    sys-1985 29 May 2013 09: 04
    Eternal memory and glory.
  6. alex67
    alex67 29 May 2013 09: 21
  7. sergo0000
    sergo0000 29 May 2013 09: 46
    Note that at present, two marshals of the Soviet Union - Vasily Petrov and Dmitry Yazov - survived in Russia

    Very sad. That's where our veterans go into eternity, leaving a good and glorious memory of themselves about themselves. And most importantly, VICTORY! Eternal memory and condolences to relatives and friends!
  8. knn54
    knn54 29 May 2013 12: 40
    Eternal memory to Victor Georgievich, WARRIOR, HERO, PATRIOT. To a man who WAS WELCOME along such a long life. And it is a pity that you are less and less left, our dear veterans and defenders of the Motherland.
  9. Vtel
    Vtel 29 May 2013 14: 20
    Kingdom of Heaven Russian Warrior! Health and Faith to all his relatives in the flesh. Glory to Russia!
  10. Shadowcat
    Shadowcat 29 May 2013 15: 16
    Thank you. Rest now Hero, maybe we grieved you with our behavior, but children always injure their parents. We will grow up. We will try to be like you.
    Earth you rest in peace.
  11. shura.mekishin
    shura.mekishin 13 June 2013 09: 30
    Glory to the hero and eternal memory!