Took part in World War I as a lieutenant. Joined the Red Army, 1918. Active in the Civil War.
Commandant of Moscow, 1935-1937. Distinguished service in the early stages of World War II. In October 1941, heavily wounded, became a prisoner of war in Germany. The German authorities intended him to take over the leadership of the anti-Stalinist Russian detachments, an offer which, according to his memoirs written after the war, he rejected as despicable, using this occasion tocondemn Vlasov, who accepted this role later, as a traitor and turncoat.
The real story of the war-time negotiations and of Lukin’s fate after World War II (in the Gulag, 1945-1955), seems to have been more complicated than his officially inspired memoirs admit.