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Anatoly Zinevich

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Years of service  1953—1997
Rank  Lieutenant general
Name  Anatoly Zinevich
Awards  see below
Commands held  40th Army 7th Army

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Born  20 November 1932 Proskurov, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union (1932-11-20)
Buried at  Holy Trinity Church St Nicholas Cemetery
Allegiance  Soviet Union  Nagorno-Karabakh  Armenia
Battles/wars  Soviet-Afghan War Ethio-Somali War Nagorno-Karabakh War
Died  August 1, 2000, Yerevan, Armenia
Place of burial  Holy Trinity Church, Yerevan, Armenia
Service/branch  Nagorno-Karabakh Defense Army
Battles and wars  Soviet–Afghan War, Ogaden War, Nagorno-Karabakh War

Anatoly Vladimirovich Zinevich (Ukrainian: Анатолій Володимирович Зіневич) (20 November 1932 - 1 August 2000) was a Soviet, and later Armenian General-Lieutenant of Ukrainian origin, for whom "Armenia became the second homeland." He was one of the commanders of Nagorno-Karabakh Defense Army.


Anatoly Zinevich Monument to Anatoly Zinevich installed in Stepanakert


Zinevich was born on 20 November 1932 in Proskurov (now Khmelnytskyi), Ukrainian SSR. He entered the Proskurovsky Tank School on 14 August 1950. After he graduated, Zinevich attended and graduated from the Frunze Military Academy and the highest academical courses for the USSR leadership. He was a military advisor in the Ethio-Somali War. Zinevich served 8 years as Operations Chief of Staff of the 40th Army in the Soviet war in Afghanistan, where he was wounded three times.

In 1988, he was appointed Chief of Staff Operations Division of the 7th Army in the Armenian SSR. After a second heart attack and coronary bypass in 1989, he was discharged from the armed forces, but stayed in Armenia. At the request of the first Defence Minister of Armenia Vazgen Sargsyan, Zinevich arrived in the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic in June 1992 and participated in the Nagorno-Karabakh War.

Zinevich was appointed Chief of Staff of the Nagorno-Karabakh Defense Army in 1994, and from May 1997 to August 2000 he served as Deputy Defense Minister. He was personally involved in combat operations and is the creator of operational systems of protection and management of the NKR Defense Army.

He died on 1 August 2000 in Yerevan. He was buried at the Holy Trinity Church St Nicholas Cemetery in the city Carpet of the Vladimir region.

Personal life

He was married and had two children.

In memory of Zinevich, a street is named after him in Stepanakert, the capital of Nagorno-Karabakh.


  • Order of the Red Banner
  • Order for Service to the Homeland in the Armed Forces of the USSR
  • Filmography

  • "General-Leytenant Anatoli Zinevich", 2000, Yerevan, 30 min., dir. A. Gevorkyan.
  • References

    Anatoly Zinevich Wikipedia

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