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Condolences on passing of USSR Marshal of Aviation Yevgeny Shaposhnikov

December 8, 2020

Vladimir Putin expressed his condolences to the family and friends of Yevgeny Shaposhnikov, Marshal of Aviation of the Soviet Union and Merited Pilot of Russia.

The message reads, in part:

“Marshal of Aviation Shaposhnikov devoted his life to serving the Fatherland in the armed forces. He was a top-notch professional and a man of strong will, principle and great energy. Yevgeny Shaposhnikov held responsible positions, including during life-changing periods in the country’s history, making a great personal contribution to ensuring the country’s defence capability and security.”

The last Defence Minister of the Soviet Union, Marshal of Aviation Yevgeny Shaposhnikov died in Moscow at the age of 78.

December 8, 2020