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Timofei Strokach
Born (1903-03-04)4 March 1903
Belotserkovitsy, Nikolsk-Ussuriysk county, Primorskaya Oblast
Died 15 August 1963(1963-08-15) (aged 60)
Kiev, Ukrainian SSR
Place of burial Baikove Cemetery[1]
Nationality Ukrainian
Alma mater OGPU Border College
Political party Communist Party of the Soviet Union

Tomb of Strokach at Baikove Cemetery

Timofei Strokach (Russian: Тимофей Амвросиевич Строкач; Ukrainian language: Тимофій Амвросійович Строкач , Tymofiy Strokach; 4 March 1903 – 15 August 1963) was a prominent military figure of the Soviet NKVD and KGB.

Early life and education[]

Ethnic Ukrainian Strokach was born on 4 March 1903 in village of Belotserkovitsy, Primorskaya Oblast (today Astrakhanka in Primorsky Krai) in a poor peasant family of colonists from Ukraine. In 1914 he graduated a rural school and worked by helping his father. In January of 1924 Strokach was called on compulsory military service.


From the very start in 1924 Strokach was enlisted in the OGPU Troops as a Red Armyman of the 58th Nikolsk-Ussuriysk Border Detachment quartered in Iman (today Dalnerechensk). In 1925-1927 he was a student of the OGPU Border school #2 in Minsk. Here he joined the Communist Party of the Soviet Union in 1927. Following its graduation, Strokach returned to the Russian Far East in the 56th Blagoveshchensk Border Detachment were he served as assistant commander and commander. In 1929-1932 Strokach served in the 53rd Daursk Border Detachment.

In 1932-1933 Strokach was a student of the OGPU Border College. After its graduation, he moved to serve to border guard units in Ukraine. At first Strokach was a team commander of the 20th Slavuta Border Detachment, in 1935-1938 he was on leading roles at the 24th Mohyliv-Podilskyi Border Detachment with a small break in 1938 when he also became a regimental commander of the 162nd regiment headquartered in Voroshylovhrad.

Just before the World War II, in 1938 Strokach became a commander of the 25th Border Detachment in Tiraspol. Following the Soviet occupation of Bessarabia and Northern Bukovina, the detachment's headquarters was relocated to Kahul in 1940. In 1941-1946 Strokach was a deputy people's commissar of Interior of UkrSSR. Soon after the Nazi Germany invasion of the Soviet Union, in 1942 he was placed in charge of the Ukrainian Staff Directorate of Partizan movement. Same year Strokach became a member of underground Central Committee of the Communist Party of Ukraine. After liberation of Ukraine, in 1944 he was placed in charge of the Directorate in combating banditry.

In 1946-1956 Strokach was a People's Commissar (Minister) of Interior (NKVD) of the Ukrainian SSR with a small break in 1953 when he headed the regional Interior service in Lviv Oblast, while his position was held by Pavlo Meshyk. In 1956-1957 Strokach was a deputy minister of Interior of the Soviet Union. During that period he was a commander of the Soviet Border Troops and Interior Troops.

Due to his health conditions, in 1957 Strokach retired and continued to live in Kiev.



  1. Photo of the tomb.

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