Sergey Sokolov (commander)
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|Minister of Defence|
22 December 1984 – 30 May 1987
|Preceded by||Dmitriy Ustinov|
|Succeeded by||Dmitry Yazov|
|Full member of the 27th, 28th Politburo|
6 March 1986 – 29 August 1991
1 July 1911|
Yevpatoria, Russian Empire
|Died||31 August 2012
Moscow, Russian Federation
|Communist Party of the Soviet Union|
|Years of service||1932–1987|
|Rank||Marshal of the Soviet Union|
|Battles/wars||Battle of Lake Khasan,
World War II,
Soviet war in Afghanistan
Sergey Leonidovich Sokolov (Russian: Серге́й Леони́дович Соколо́в; 1 July 1911 – 31 August 2012) was a Soviet military commander, Hero of the Soviet Union, and served as Minister of Defence of the Soviet Union from 22 December 1984 until 30 May 1987.
Sokolov was promoted to Marshal of the Soviet Union in 1978. He was in charge of Soviet ground forces during the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. He personally led the main Soviet incursion of ground forces on the December 27, 1979. His actions and command strategies during the war made him one of the Soviet Union's most respected Marshals. On April 28, 1980 he was awarded the title Hero of the Soviet Union.
Sokolov was appointed Minister of Defense of the Soviet Union in 1984 and held this post until 1987, when he was dismissed by Mikhail Gorbachev as a result of the Mathias Rust affair. He was also a candidate (non-voting) member of the Politburo from 1985 to 1987.
On turning 100 he stated, "Military service prestige will regain the importance it once had."
Sokolov died of undisclosed causes on 31 August 2012, at the age of 101. He was buried on 3 September with full military honors at the Novodevichy Cemetery in Moscow, next to his wife of 70 years, Maria Samojlovna Sokolova (19 December 1920 - 28 August 2012) who had predeceased him three days prior.
He was survived by two sons, Colonel-General (Retd.) Valery Sergeyevich (born September 30, 1940), now a lecturer at the Faculty of Command and General Staff Military Academy, and Colonel-General (Retd.) Vladimir Sergeyevich (born January 21, 1947), who had retired during the war in Afghanistan and was chief of staff of the 40th Army.
Dates of rank
From the corresponding article in the Russian Wikipedia
- Cadet (May 1932 - November 1934)
- Platoon Commander - November 1934
- Junior Lieutenant - 1935
- Lieutenant to Captain - to 1941
- Major - before 1943
- Lieutenant Colonel - before 1943
- Colonel - 9 September 1943
- Major General - 3 August 1953
- Lieutenant General - 25 May 1959
- Colonel General - 13 April 1963
- General of the Army - 12 April 1967
- Marshal of the Soviet Union - 17 February 1978
Honours and awards
- Order of Merit for the Fatherland;
- 2nd class (21 June 2001) - for outstanding contribution to strengthening national defense and active in the patriotic education of young people
- 3rd class (30 June 1996) - for services to the state and personal contribution to the development and reform of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation
- 4th class (2 November 2009)
- Order of Alexander Nevsky (23 June 2011) - contribution to strengthening national defense and long-term public activities
- Order of Honour (1 July 2006) - for services to strengthen national defense and work on the patriotic education of youth
- Order of Zhukov (25 April 1995) - for actions in the leadership of the troops in combat operations during the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945
- Soviet Union
- Hero of the Soviet Union (28 April 1980) - for personal courage and the management of troops, manifested in the provision of international assistance to the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan
- Three Orders of Lenin (30 June 1971, 28 April 1980, 30 June 1986)
- Order of the Red Banner, twice (20 April 1953, 22 February 1968)
- Order of Suvorov, 1st class (6 May 1982)
- Order of the Patriotic War, 1st class (6 April 1985)
- Order of the Red Star, twice (14 January 1943, 6 November 1947)
- Order for Service to the Homeland in the Armed Forces of the USSR, 3rd class (30 April 1975)
- Medal For Courage
- Medal for Combat Service
- Jubilee Medal "In Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary since the Birth of Vladimir Il'ich Lenin"
- Medal "For Distinction in Guarding the State Border of the USSR"
- Medal "For the Defence of the Soviet Transarctic"
- Medal "For the Victory over Germany in the Great Patriotic War 1941–1945"
- Jubilee Medal "Twenty Years of Victory in the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945"
- Jubilee Medal "Thirty Years of Victory in the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945"
- Jubilee Medal "Forty Years of Victory in the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945"
- Jubilee Medal "50 Years of Victory in the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945"
- Jubilee Medal "60 Years of Victory in the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945"
- Jubilee Medal "65 Years of Victory in the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945"
- Jubilee Medal "30 Years of the Soviet Army and Navy"
- Jubilee Medal "40 Years of the Armed Forces of the USSR"
- Jubilee Medal "50 Years of the Armed Forces of the USSR"
- Jubilee Medal "60 Years of the Armed Forces of the USSR"
- Jubilee Medal "70 Years of the Armed Forces of the USSR"
- Medal "For Impeccable Service" 1st class
- Russian; non-governmental
- Order of Saint Righteous Grand Duke Dmitry Donskoy, 2nd class (Russian Orthodox Church, 2005)
- Order of Georgi Dimitrov, twice (1985, 1986)
- Order "The People's Republic of Bulgaria" I degree (1974)
- Medal "25 Years of the Bulgarian People's Army" (1969)
- Medal "30 Years of Victory over Fascism" (1975)
- Medal "30 Years of the Bulgarian People's Army" (1974)
- The medal "For Strengthening Brotherhood in Arms" (1977)
- Medal "100 years of the liberation of Bulgaria from the Ottoman yoke" (1978)
- The medal "90th anniversary of the birth of Georgi Dimitrov" (1974)
- Medal "100th Anniversary of Birth of Georgi Dimitrov" (1983)
- Medal "1300 years Bulgaria" (1982)
- Medal "40 Years of Victory over Fascism" (1985)
- Order of the Flag of the Hungarian Republic, with rubies (1986)
- Medal "For military cooperation", 1st class (1980)
- East Germany
- Order of Karl Marx (1986)
- Medal "Brotherhood in Arms" (1980)
- Medal "30 Years of the National People's Army" (1986)
- Order of Independence, 1st class (1977)
- North Korea
- Order of Playa Girón (1986)
- Medal "20 Years of Revolutionary Armed Forces" (1978)
- Medal "30 Years of Revolutionary Armed Forces" (1987)
- Order of Sukhbaatar, twice (1971, 1986)
- Order of the Red Banner (1982)
- Medal "30 Years of Victory over Japan" (1976)
- Medal "30 Years of Victory in Khalkhin-" (1969)
- Medal "40 Years of Victory in Khalkhin-" (1979)
- Medal "50 Years of the Mongolian People's Revolution" (1972)
- Medal "60 Years of the Mongolian People's Revolution" (1982)
- Medal "50 Years of the Mongolian People's Army" (1971)
- Medal "60 Years of the Armed Forces of the MPR" (1982)
- Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland, 2nd class (1985)
- Order of Polonia Restituta, 2nd and 3rd classes (1968, 1971)
- Order of Tudor Vladimirescu, 1st class (1969)
- Order "23 August" (1974)
- Medal "30 Years of Liberation from Fascism Romania" (1974)
- The medal "For Military Merit" (1980)
- Order of Klement Gottwald (1985)
- Medal "For the strengthening of friendship in Arms", 1st class (1972)
- Medal "40 Years of the Slovak National Uprising" (1985)
- Medal "50 Years of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia" (1971)
- Order of the White Rose of Finland, 1st class (1986)
In July 2001, on the day of his 90th birthday, was awarded the title "Honorary krymchanin" and made an honorary citizen of Evpatoria.
- (Russian) Biography
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