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Mikhail Ilyich Surkov (Russian language: Михаил Ильич Сурков) was a Soviet sniper in the 4th Rifle Division of the Red Army during World War II. He was born in a Siberian town of Krasnoyarsk and hailed from a family of hunters and fur-trappers.[1]

According to Soviet sources, Surkov had 702 confirmed kills during World War II,[1] a total which would make him the most effective sniper of the European conflict.[2] The top Soviet sniper is officially Ivan Sidorenko, who is credited with 500 confirmed kills, as postwar findings have shown that Surkov's figure very likely only served as propaganda.[3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Алексей Илларионович Луковец (1975). Знамена Победы. Pravda.Михаил+Сурков+снаипер+Знамена+Победы+Луковец&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-ZA:official&client=firefox-a&safe=on#q=Михаил+Сурков+снаипер+Знамена+Победы+Луковец&oe=utf-8&rls=org.mozilla:en-ZA:official&client=firefox-a&safe=on&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hl=en&tbo=u&tbm=bks&source=og&sa=N&tab=wp&ei=bVuOT5zKM6WL4gT8h5jhDw&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_cp.r_qf.,cf.osb&fp=e59972050e99fb66&biw=1467&bih=739. "During the war, "Frontovaya Illustratsiya" wrote: "Sniper Sergeant Mikhail Surkov shoots at the enemy confidently and accurately. - He does not wound - he hits the spot. After killing over 700 Fascists, he went on to the next hunt "" 
  2. Mark Spicer and Pat Farey, Sniping: An Illustrated History. Grand Rapids, MI: Zenith, 2009; pg. 129.
  3. Sarvaš, Andrej (1 February 2013). "Vedie štatistiku smrti. Fínsky ostreľovač prezývaný Biela smrť" (in Slovak). SME. Retrieved 13 April 2014. 

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