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Russian Federation : Alexander Kuznetsov: Nizhny Novgorod State Agricultural Academy lives and develops in all directions.

The meeting is timed to the anniversary of the lifting of the siege of Leningrad. Frontman Alexander Kuznetsov was throughout the war, awarded the Order of Lenin and the Red Star. At the moment he is the only hero of the Soviet Union left in the Nizhny Novgorod region. With a living legend, I managed to talk to students and staff of the university. According to them, it is a great fortune to learn firsthand about the dramatic events of the Great Patriotic War and express gratitude for the peaceful sky above our heads.

Alexander Kuznetsov was born on June 19, 1922, in the village of Rasstrigino, Fominsk District (now Gorokhovets District, Vladimir Region). In 1927, with his parents, he moved to the village of Chernoramenka, Balakhna District, Gorky Region. From 1932 to 1941 he studied at Chernoramenskaya secondary school. In June 1941 he graduated from high school. In July 1941, the Balakhna District Military Committee of the Gorky Region was sent to the Frunze Infantry Mortar School. In the battles of the Great Patriotic War from April 1942. He fought on Bryansk, Central, 1st, 2nd Ukrainian and 1st Belorussian Fronts. First he was the commander of a platoon of battalion mortars, then commanded a company of anti-tank rifles. Participated in the Battle of the Kursk Bulge, crossed the Desna River, Pripyat, the Dnieper. On September 11, 1943, he was among the first to cross the Desna River near the Obolonye village (Korop district of the Chernigov region), participated in repulsing a tank counterattack. He organized a strong defense and during the battle and personally podbil 3 tanks. On September 25, when crossing the Pripyat River near the village of Koshevka (Chernobyl District, Kiev Region), the company repulsed the attack of six enemy tanks. Kuznetsov attacked two of them with anti-tank grenades. The regiment held its ground, but found itself in a temporary encirclement. Having broken through the ring, a group of fighters, in which Kuznetsov was also, went to the partisans. Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR of October 16, 1943 for heroism, courage, resourcefulness, skilful leadership of the division when crossing the Dnieper, holding the bridgehead for five days, Senior Lieutenant Alexander Kuznetsov was awarded the title Hero of the Soviet Union with the Order of Lenin (No. 13551) and the Gold Star medal (No. 2049). Subsequently, Captain Alexander Kuznetsov participated in the battles for the liberation of Right-bank Ukraine. In March 1944, in a battle near the city of Ternopil, he was seriously wounded and shell-shocked. He was treated in a hospital in the city of Saratov, then at home with his parents. After treatment in 1945 for health reasons he was dismissed to the reserve.

Alexander Kuznetsov said: "I was incomplete 20 years, when I got to the front. After warm parental care, the war met me with the smell of a damp earth of trenches and decaying corpses. And in winter - frosty barbed wire of enemy fences. And gloomy frontal years began to flow: the Kursk Bulge, the battle on the Dnieper, experiences in the enemy encirclement. The roads of war are hard. I had to visit the guerrilla unit. He experienced the horror of tank attacks of aviation bombing, famine, winter cold and human fear of a near and possible death. Light and severe injury - all this was taken for granted. And the death of close friends was no longer surprising, because there was near death. That's really trouble! The further in time from the war I do not cease to be surprised: where did the young soldiers of that time have such confidence in victory, such power of mind ?! At us, front-line soldiers during that hard time the purpose and belief were extremely clear: there is nowhere to retreat, behind the parental home

In the post-war period, Alexander Kuznetsov worked as chairman of the Zarya collective farm in the Kstovo district of the Gorky Region. Returned to the Gorky Agricultural Institute in 1958 in postgraduate studies, successfully graduated from it, and in 1964 he became a candidate of economic sciences. He devoted more than 20 years of work to the State Agricultural Academy of Ukraine as an associate professor of the department "Economics of Agriculture". Students-volunteers of the National State Academy of Arts heartily congratulated the hero and handed him a memorable plate with the image of Russian President Vladimir Putin.The rector of the National Agricultural Academy, Doctor of Biological Sciences, Professor Alexander Samodelkin warmly congratulated the hero, presented him with a valuable gift and stressed: "Alexander Mikhailovich Kuznetsov is a man of legend and a man of achievement. He came to our academy on the eve of two big memorable dates - the 74th anniversary of the lifting of the siege of Leningrad and the 75th anniversary of the defeat of the Soviet troops by the German fascist troops in the Battle of Stalingrad. For us it is a holiday and a state of mind. This meeting is necessary both for the youth and for all members of the academy to live with the belief that there were heroes on our land who have given everything to live well. We were honored to meet today with the hero of the Soviet Union, our honorable and esteemed colleague Alexander Mikhailovich Kuznetsov, to greet him and to bow to the ground his feat, his whole life,

Let's note, a portrait of Alexander Kuznetsov adorns the gallery of the State Military Academy of Combat and Labor Glory, and in his small homeland in the Vladimir region there is a bust. "Thank you for today's warm meeting of the faculty of the NSAA, students and personally rector Alexander Gennadyevich Samodelkin. Thank you all for your attention and understanding of what happened in our homeland during the Great Patriotic War. Everything that was said to me is very pleasant for me. I am proud and happy that the Nizhny Novgorod State Agricultural Academy lives and develops in all directions.

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