Akhromeyev, Sergei Fedorovich

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Akhromeyev, Sergei Fedorovich, born 05-05-1923, was a Soviet Union Army General. He joined the Soviet Union Army in 1940 and the Communist Party in 1943, attending the Frunze Military Academy and the Astrakhan Infantry School. During World War II he served on the Leningrad Front as commander of a rifle unit and motorized artillery brigade. He served as Chief of the General Staff of the Soviet Armed Forces, from 1984 to 1988 and as Chief Military Adviser to Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev. He was awarded the titles of Hero of the Soviet Union in 1982 and Marshal of the Soviet Union in 1983, the nation’s highest military honours. He was also the recipient of four Orders of Lenin and two Red Stars.  Akhromeyev, a hard-liner in the Cold War, resigned from a prominent position in the Soviet government. On 07-12-1988, the same day that Gorbachev announced substantial troop reductions, Akhromeyev resigned from office. He was the second of three Soviet officials to commit suicide in the wake of an unsuccessful takeover of the central government by hard-liners. The others were Interior Minister Boris K. Pugo, died 22-08-1991, who was one of the leaders of the coup and Administrator of Affairs Nikolai E. Kruchina, suicide 26-08-1991, age 63.

 
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In March 1990, he was made Adviser to the President of the USSR on military affairs.

Death and burial ground of Akhromeyev, Sergei Fedorovich.

 During the August Coup of 1991, Akhromeyev returned from a vacation in Sochi to offer his assistance to the coup leaders. Although he was never implicated in the coup, after its failure Akhromeyev committed suicide in his Kremlin office, hanging himself with a length of curtain cord. In addition to personal messages to his family, he left a note explaining that he could not continue living when the institutions to which he had devoted his life were disintegrating. Akhromeyev died on 24-08-1991 at the age of 68 and he is buried on the Troekourov Cemetery in Moscow. Shortly after his death, his grave was vandalized and his corpse stripped of the uniform in which it had been buried. The culprits were never found, and it is uncertain whether it was an act of pure desecration or if the grave-robbers hoped to sell the stolen uniform or its adornments for profit.

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