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  • Soviet Marshal Sergey Sokolov dies at 101

    Marshal of The Soviet Union Sergey Sokolov, the oldest of four surviving Marshals of the Soviet Union, died today. He saw two World Wars and held the position of Defense Minister until an aviation scandal in 1987 forced him to step down.
    *“On August 31st in Moscow, at the age of 101, the great war hero, military leader, Hero and Marhsal of the Soviet Union Sergey Leonidovich Sokolov passed away,” the Ministry of Defense announced in a press release.





    Sokolov was the oldest living Marshal of the Soviet Union still alive, the second-highest military rank in the Soviet Army. The highest rank – Generalissimus of the Soviet Army – was a position invented for Stalin alone to hold. Sokolov’s passing means that only three Marshals remain as holders of Russia’s most powerful, yet now-defunct rank. The office was abolished after the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union.
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