To selflessly defend the Motherland: to the 100th anniversary of the birth of General V. I. Demidov

The exhibition “To selflessly defend the Motherland: to the 100th anniversary of the birth of Major-General of State Security V. I. Demidov” is open in the museum.  

Victor Ivanovich Demidov was born on November 27, 1922 in the village of New Stashino Kashinsky District, Tver province. In 1925 the family moved to Leningrad. Demidov lived in the city of the Neva for more than 50 years, considered himself a Leningrad citizen.  

During the Great Patriotic War, he fought near Peterhof and then in Kronstadt, first as a gunner and then commander of the 3rd gun of the 539th battery of the 59th Division of the 2nd anti-aircraft artillery regiment. He was awarded the Order of the Red Star.  

In 1948 Demidov joined the Leningrad department of the Ministry of State Security, where he worked for 25 years. He worked his way up from operative commissioner to the 1st deputy head of the Directorate. He was responsible for counterintelligence work. In the mid-1960s, on Victor Ivanovich Demidov’s initiative, the Leningrad Province Department of State Security, together with the Center, organized an operational game with U.S. intelligence which successfully continued for several decades.  

In 1973 Demidov was appointed head of the Department of the State Security Committee for the Irkutsk region. In this position he paid great attention to the development of measures to prevent possible hijackings and hijackings of aircraft.  

In 1980-1981 he served as a deputy head of the counterintelligence mission of the KGB to the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Polish People`s Republic. In March 1982, Victor Ivanovich Demidov was transferred to the reserve, and in November 1982, at the age of 60, he retired.  

From 1982 to 1991. Victor Ivanovich worked as a researcher and then as a senior researcher at the Research Department of the Higher School of the KGB of the USSR. He was the compiler, editor and author of several articles of the Counterintelligence Dictionary. The idea to prepare a collection of “The chekists in the Battle of Stalingrad” belonged to him, the first part of which includes documentary material, and the second - memoirs and sketches of the battle participants.

Victor Ivanovich Demidov died in 2003.

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