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Mikhail Fedorovich Lukin

Lieutenant-general

Mikhail Lukin, USSR Lieutenant-general.

Background

Lukin, Mikhail was born in 1892.

Education

Graduated from the Frunze Military Academy, 1926.

Career

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.

Religion

Religion is a cause of numerous conflicts and bloody wars throughout the history of mankind.

Views

The emphasis on peaceful coexistence doesn’t mean that the Soviet Union accepted a static world with clear lines. Socialism is inevitable and the "correlations of forces" were moving towards socialism.