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Medal of Army General Krulev

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Instituted on 10 July 2004 by Decree of the Defense Minister. Awarded to senior logistics officers of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, to officials responsible for management, and that served for or have served in the armed forces for 20 years or more, as well as veterans of military service for great personal contribution to the organization of logistical troops.

Edited by Paul R

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Award document bearing the stamp of the Defense Ministry of the Russian Federation.

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KRULEV, Andrey (1892 - 1962)

Born September 30, 1892 into a poor peasant family in the village of Bolshaya Oleksandrivka St Petersburg province (now Kingisepp district, Leningrad region).

Emprisoned for 6 months then deported to Estonia in 1912 for bolchevic activities. Red squad leader during the 1917 revolution. Became an active member of the communist party in 1918 holding various positions of authority including party administrative and military functions. In December 1928, became deputy chief of the political management of the Moscow Military District.

In July 1930, Krulev was appointed chief of the Central Military and Financial Management Office of the Working-Peasant Red Army on Military and Maritime Affairs, managing all the financial activities, districts and fleets. Within three years, he brought real order into the service.

In November 1935 he was awarded the rank of corps Commissioner. In this position Krulev stayed until August 1936 as chief of the Central Military and financial management of the Red Army, he did much to strengthen the financial discipline in the army and navy. In August 1936 he was appointed as the Chief of the Construction and Housing Management Office for Defense of the USSR, and in May 1938 - Head of the Military Construction, Kiev Special Military District. A year later, his administration had been recognized among the best in the USSR.

He brought to light the great shortcomings of the supply system during the Russo-Finnish war and when the post of superintendent of armies was created, he was given the post, promoted to lieutenant-general and shortly afterwards his incredible work earned him the Order of Lenin. His improvement of Soviet logistics in WW2 was remarkable.

During his 40 years of service, Army General Andrei V. Krulev was awarded two Orders of Lenin, four Orders of the Red Banner, two Orders of Suvorov 1st class and many foreign orders. On 6 July 1964, the Council of Ministers of the USSR renamed the military financial school after Army General AV Krulev.

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