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Pavel Andreevich Taran

Lieutenant-general

Pavel Taran, USSR Lieutenant-general.

Background

Taran, Pavel was born in 1916.

Education

Educated at a pilots’ school, 1938. Graduated from the Academy of the General Staff, 1958.

Career

Joined the Red Army, 1937. Took part in the Soviet-Finnish war, 1939-1940. During World War II, commanded bomber groups, and acted as a pilot instructor.

Worked at the Ministry of Defence, 1960-1979.

Religion

Religion is bad because it divides people, and is a cause of conflict and war.

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.