In Moscow will open the bust of Marshal Vasilevsky

В Москве откроют бюст маршала Василевского

The bust of the Minister of the Armed forces of the Soviet Union (1949-1953), twice Hero of the Soviet Union, Marshal Alexander Vasilevsky will be inaugurated on Wednesday in Moscow on the street his name, told RIA Novosti on the eve of the event, the representative of the Russian military historical society (RVIA) Evgenia Evgrafova.

Earlier busts Vasilevsky was installed in his native land in Vichuga and Kineshma in Ivanovo region. Marshall monuments were erected in Kaliningrad and Khabarovsk. The bust on the street Marshal Vasilevsky will be his first sculptural image open in the Russian capital.

“At 11.00 on the street Marshal Vasilevsky near the house 15 at metro Schukinskaya will host the opening bust twice Hero of the Soviet Union, Marshal Alexander Mikhailovich Vasilevsky. The unveiling of a bust created and established on the initiative of the RVIA on donations timed to the 75th anniversary of the Soviet counterattack near Moscow and the Day of memory of Marshal Vasilevsky,” said Evgrafova.

According to her, the ceremony will be attended by the Minister of culture of the Russian Federation, Chairman of RVIA Vladimir Medinsky, head of the Department of culture of the government of Moscow Alexander Kibovsky, as well as close relatives of the marshals Alexander Vasilevsky and Georgy Zhukov and representatives of public organizations.

Aleksandr Mikhaylovich Vasilevsky was born September 30, 1895 in the family of a priest in the village near Novaya Golchikha in the Kineshma. Graduated from the Kostroma theological Seminary. In 1915 courses of the Alexander military school. Participated in the First world war of 1914-1918. Was Lieutenant-captain of the Russian Imperial army. The Red army called during the Civil war of 1918-1920. In 1937 he graduated from the Military Academy of the General staff of the red army. Since 1940, he served in the General staff, which led in June 1942. As chief of the General staff, he mostly was on the fronts of the great Patriotic war. He was seriously wounded and contused.

Wasilewski led the development of many key military operations, coordinated the fronts in the battle of Stalingrad, at Kursk, in the liberation of Donbass, Crimea and Sevastopol, Ukraine and Belarus. He commanded the 3rd Belorussian front during the operation in East Prussia, ended in the assault of Koenigsberg. In June 1945 he became commander of the Soviet troops in the far East. In 1946, was again appointed chief of General staff. From 1949 to 1953 he was Minister of the Armed forces of the USSR. Vasilevskiy is considered the founder of Russian special forces: 24 October 1950, he signed a Directive on the establishment of special forces for action in the rear of a potential enemy.

Awarded eight orders of Lenin, two orders of the “Victory” order of the October Revolution, two orders of red banner, order of Suvorov I degree, red Star, “For service to Motherland in the USSR Armed Forces” III degree, 18 foreign orders and medals.

He was buried in red square in Moscow.