Sergei Akhromeyev

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Admiral William Crowe (left) welcomes Marshal Sergei Akhromeyev

Sergei Feodorovich Akhromeyev (May 5, 1923August 24, 1991) was a Russian military figure, Hero of the Soviet Union (1982), and Marshal of the Soviet Union (1983). Akhromeyev was a junior officer in World War II, serving with distinction on the Leningrad front. In 1984-1988, Akhromeyev was Chief of the General Staff of the Soviet Armed Forces. In that capacity he was heavily involved in the talks which brought an end to the Cold War. Although he was never implicated in the coup of 1991, after its failure, Akhromeyev committed suicide in his Kremlin office, hanging himself with a length of curtain cord. In addition to personal messages to his family, he left a note explaining that he could not continue living when the institutions to which he had devoted his life were disintegrating.


  • We are not pursuing research to develop ABM space systems. There are studies to improve systems of warning against a missile attack, communications and navigation systems and to develop ground-based ABM defences.
    • 1965. Quoted in "The Daily Review."
  • If it is necessary we will find a quick answer and it will not be the way the United States expects it. It will be an answer that devalues the 'Star Wars' program.
    • Quoted in "Anti-Gravity and the World Grid" - Page 236 - by David Hatcher Childress - 1987
  • Think of the 40 years of confrontation. What is it we gained?...The old style has exposed itself: it is fruitless.
    • Quoted in "Mr. Darman's Sermon" article from "New York Times," published July 29, 1989.
  • If both sides reduced their long-range missiles by 50%, SDI would be an unacceptable threat to the remaining Soviet rocket forces.
    • Quoted in "A No-Frills Summit" article from "Time," Monday, November 9, 1987.
  • The longer the war drags on, more and more civilians are getting killed.
    • Quoted in "Iraq Rebuffs Iran on Peace Initiative" article from "The Washington Post," Monday, February 11, 1991; Page A01.

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