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Viktor Kulikov
Birth name Виктор Георгиевич Куликов
Viktor Georgiyevich Kulikov
Born (1921-07-05)5 July 1921
Died 28 May 2013(2013-05-28) (aged 91)
Place of birth Verkhnyaya Lyubovsha village, Oryol Oblast, Russian SFSR
Place of death Moscow, Russia
Allegiance  Soviet Union
Years of service 1939 - 1989
Rank Marshal of the Soviet Union
Battles/wars World War II

Hero of the Soviet Union

Viktor Georgiyevich Kulikov (Russian: Виктор Георгиевич Куликов; 5 July 1921 – 28 May 2013) was the Warsaw Pact commander-in-chief from 1977 to 1989. He was awarded the rank of the Marshal of the Soviet Union on January 14, 1977.

Kulikov was born into a peasant family and joined the Red Army in 1939. He saw service in World War II and was made a Hero of the Soviet Union. Kulikov commanded the Kiev Military District in 1967-1969 and the Group of Soviet Forces in Germany in 1969–1971. From 1971 until 1977, he served as the Chief of General Staff of the Soviet Armed Forces. In 1983, he was awarded a Lenin Prize. Kulikov was a member of the Soviet/Russian parliament 1989–2003. He was awarded the highest Cuban award, the Order of Playa Girón in 2006.[1]

Kulikov died after extended illness.[2]

Honours and awards

USSR and Russia
Foreign awards
  • Order of Sukhbaatar (Mongolia, 1981)
  • Patriotic Order of Merit, 1st class (GDR, 1981)
  • Star of People's Friendship, 1st class (GDR, 1985)
  • Scharnhorst Order, three times (GDR, 1972, 1986, 1987)
  • Order "For Service to the Motherland and the people, 1st class (GDR, 1970)
  • Order of Georgi Dimitrov (Bulgaria, 1984)
  • Order "The People's Republic of Bulgaria, 1st class (1974)
  • Commander's Cross with Star of the Order of Polonia Restituta (Poland, 1973)
  • Order Banner IRR with diamonds (Hungary, 1975)
  • Order of the Red Star (Hungary, 1985)
  • Order "For Military Valour", 1st class (NRW, 1983)
  • Order of the Victorious February (Czechoslovakia, 1985)
  • Order "For Military Merit, 1st class (Peru, 1972)
  • Order "On 23 August, 1st class (CPP, 1974)


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Military offices
Preceded by
Matvei Zakharov
Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Soviet Union
September 1971-1977
Succeeded by
Nikolai Ogarkov
Preceded by
Ivan Yakubovsky
Supreme Commander of the Unified Armed Forces of the Warsaw Treaty Organization
1977 – 1989
Succeeded by
Petr Lushev

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