Sergei Bunyachenko

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Sergei Bunyachenko
Native name Серге́й Кузьмич Буняченко
Birth name Sergei Kuzmich Bunyachenko
Born (1902-10-05)October 5, 1902
Korovyakovka, Kursk Governorate, Russian Empire
Died August 2, 1945(1945-08-02) (aged 42)
Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Allegiance  Soviet Union
 Nazi Germany
Committee for the Liberation of the Peoples of Russia
Service/branch Soviet Union Red Army
Russian Liberation Army
Years of service 1918 – 1945
Rank Major general
Commands held 389th Rifle Division
59th Independent Rifle Brigade
600th (Russian) Infantry Division

Russian Civil War
Soviet–Japanese border conflicts

Battle of Lake Khasan
World War II

Sergei Kuzmich Bunyachenko (Russian: Серге́й Кузьмич Буняченко, Ukrainian: Сергій Кузьмич Буняченко; October 5, 1902, Korovyakovka, Kursk Governorate – August 2, 1946, Moscow) was a Soviet Red Army defector to the German side during World War II and a major general in the anti-communist Russian Liberation Army (ROA) movement.

Red Army soldier since 1918 (at the age of 15), Bunyachenko fought during the Russian Civil War in Ukraine, the Basmachi Revolt in Central Asia, and the Soviet-Japanese Border Wars in the Far East. In 1942, during World War II, he was captured in North Caucasus by Romanians. He had the rank of Colonel (Polkovnik) in the Red Army.

In 1943 Bunyachenko agreed to collaborate with the Germans against the Soviet Union, but in May 1945, at the end of the war, he again changed sides and participated in the Prague uprising on the side of Czech resistance. Bunyachenko was captured 40 km south-east of Plzeň by the Soviet 25th Tank Corps[1] and later was hanged for treason along with the other ROA leaders.


  1. ^ Konev, I.S. (1971). "Year of Victory". Progress Publishers. pp. 230–231. 

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