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Memorial Pavel Batitsky Zarya

This is the monument of Soviet military leader Pavel Batitsky in former military town of Zarya. Pavel Fedorovich Batitsky was born on June 14, 1910 in Kharkiv in a family of workers. He was Ukrainian by nationality.

When he was fourteen years old, he entered the Kharkov Military Preparatory School (later relocated to Poltava) and in 1926, was sent to study at the Military Cavalry School, graduating in 1929. From March 1929 to May 1935, he served in the cavalry and was a commander of squad in the Belorussian Military District.

In 1938, he graduated from the Frunze Military Academy. From September 1939 to December 1940, he served in China as chief of staff of Soviet military advisers. Later he returned to the Soviet Union and became commander of the 11th Motorized Machine Gun Artillery Brigade at Kaunas Baltic Special Military District. In March 1941, he was appointed Chief of Staff of the 202nd Motorized Division. Later that year, he took command of the 254th Rifle Division. During Second World War, he commanded the 73 Rifle Corps and the 128 Rifle Corps. After the end of the war he was Chief of the General Staff and Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Soviet Air Forces (1950-1953).

After the death of Stalin he took part in a plot led by Nikita Khrushchev. After Lavrentiy Beria was arrested, Batitsky was a man who shot him in the bunker of the headquarters of the Moscow Military District.

In May 1954, he was appointed to the post of commander of the 7th Mechanized Army (Belarusian Military District), on August 27 of the same year — to the post of commander of the Moscow Air Defense District, and in March 1965 — to the post of First Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the USSR Armed Forces.By the decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR of 7 may 1965 General of the army Pavel Batitsky was awarded the title Hero of the Soviet Union and the order of Lenin and medal "Golden Star». In July 1966, he was appointed Commander — in-Chief of the Air Defense Forces of the country-Deputy Minister of Defense of the USSR. At the same time, he was Commander of the air Defense Forces of the United Armed Forces — Deputy Commander — in-Chief of the United Armed Forces of the Warsaw Pact member States.

Pavel Batitsky died on February 17, 1984 in Moscow. He was buried at the Novodevichy Cemetery.

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  • Text: Fyodor Telin, Wikipedia
  • Photos: Fyodor Telin

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