Aleksandr Dmitrievich Loktionov

Colonel-General, Soviet Army;
Born: August 1893, served in the Czarist Army during WW I and became active in the "Soldier's Committees" (the Communist underground organization that ultimately seized control of the Russian Army). He quickly advanced in the new Red Army during the Russian Civil War, commanding a battalion, regiment and brigade in turn. After the Red victory in the Civil War, continued to serve primarily in the air forces and as a political commissar. In 1937 he was "elected" to the Supreme Soviet (The USSR's parliament). In 1940/41, Commander, Baltic Special Military District, where, according to a web-site devoted to the history of the Red Army: he "commanded those units which occupied the Baltic States and under his command the NKVD units which carried out the mass terror in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania." He was given the house as his residence during that occupation and lived there with his wife. At the beginning of the war [Operation Barbarossa- the German invasion of Russia – 22 June, 1941] "Due to a false accusation, was arrested along with Meretzkov, Pavlov, Schmuschkevich and Schtern and held at an NKVD internal prison, taken to Kuibyshev and shot without trial"- 28 October, 1941.