Mikhail Viktorov

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Mikhail Viktorov
Born (1893-12-24)December 24, 1893
Yaroslavl, Russia
Died August 1, 1937(1937-08-01) (aged 43)
 ?, Soviet Union
Allegiance  Soviet Union
Service/branch Imperial Russian Navy, Soviet Navy
Years of service 1913-1937
Rank Fleet's Flag-officer of 1st Rank
Commands held Soviet Navy
Battles/wars World War I, Russian Civil War
Awards Order of Saint Stanislaus
Order of Lenin
Order of the Red Banner
Order of the Red Star

Mikhail Vladimirovich Viktorov (Russian: Михаил Владимирович Викторов) (December 24, 1893, Yaroslavl - August 1, 1938) was a Russian military leader and Commander-in-Chief of the Soviet Naval Forces from August 1937 to January 1938.

Viktorov was the son of an officer and graduated from the Naval Academy with the gold medal as top cadet in 1913. During World War I he served with the Baltic Fleet and was navigating officer of the battleship Tsesarevich and fought in the Battle of Moon Sound.

In the Civil War he joined the Bolsheviks and commanded the cruiser Oleg and subsequently the battleships Andrei Pervozvanny and Gangut. In 1921 he took part in the suppression of the Kronstadt rebellion.

From 1925 he commanded the Baltic Fleet and in 1924 was the founding commander of the Soviet Pacific Fleet.

He became commander of the Soviet navy following the arrest of his predecessor. Viktorov was himself arrested at the end of 1937 and was shot in 1938. He was posthumously rehabilitated in 1956.

Military offices
Preceded by
Vladimir Mitrofanovich Orlov
Chief of Naval Forces of U.S.S.R
August 1937- December 1937
Succeeded by
Pyotr Alexandrovich Smirnov (People's Comissar of the Soviet Navy, Commander-in-Chief of the Naval Forces)