Hero of the Soviet Union, Army General Valentin Varennikov died in hospital of Burdenko, where rehabilitation was made in January after a complex operation. He was 85 years old. He was a combat officer. Over his shoulders - The Battle of Stalingrad, Victory Parade, Afghanistan and Chernobyl.
According to his biography, you can explore the history of the Russian army, his name became a symbol of adherence to principles, and an officer's honor.
During operation "Magistral", developed and successfully carried out in conjunction with the Commander of 40 th Army in Afghanistan, Boris Gromov, Valentin Varennikov was awarded the title Hero of the Soviet Union. He was awarded the Order of Military Merit, two Orders of Lenin, four Orders of the Red Banner, Order of the October Revolution, Kutuzov I degree, three - the Patriotic War I and II degree, the Red Star, "For Service to the Motherland in the Armed Forces of the USSR" III degree, thirty medals of the USSR, as well as more than twenty foreign orders and medals.
In 1991 Varennikov support extra-State Committee for Emergency Situation in the USSR, the establishment of which was called the attempted coup d'Г©tat. He was arrested, and in 1994 granted amnesty. Varennikov only held in the case GKCHP insisted at the trial and was acquitted. He has twice become a State Duma deputy, and in 2005 headed the International League to protect human dignity and security.
President of Russia Dmitry Medvedev and the head of government Vladimir Putin expressed condolences to relatives and friends of Valentin Varennikova.