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MARSHAL SERGEI FEODOROVICH AKHROMEYEV - PHOTOGRAPH SIGNED 12/26/1989 - DOCUMENT 131940

 

LESS THAN TWO YEARS BEFORE HIS DEATH, THE SOVIET UNION'S TOP MILITARY OFFICIAL, ON AN "EXCHANGE VISIT" TO THE U.S., SIGNS A PHOTOGRAPH OF A BRIEFING WITH HIS U.S. COUNTERPART IN THE PENTAGON
 
SERGEI AKHROMEYEV
. Photograph signed: "Akhromeyev/26.12.1989" in Russian. Color, 10x8. Signed less than two years before the Soviet Marshal's death. Marshal Akhromeyev, the Commander of the General Staff, Armed Forces of the USSR, is seated next to his American counterpart, Admiral William J. Crowe, Jr., Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, at a news briefing at the Pentagon on July 11, 1988. At the time this photograph was taken, Akhromeyev, who had arrived in Washington on July 6, was on a tour of the U.S., visiting military bases and other attractions, including an Indian reservation and the University of Oklahoma in Crowe's home state. In 1988, Akhromeyev and Crowe, who had met earlier at the Pentagon (in December 1987), had worked out an arrangement by which military groups would travel to each other's countries to work toward reducing tensions between the U.S. and Russia. In March 1990, just three months after he signed this photograph, Akhromeyev would become the advisor on military affairs to Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev. Sergei Feodorovich Akhromeyev (1923-1991), whose name is sometimes spelled Akromeyev or Akhromeev, had served in the Soviet army during WWII and was appointed as Marshal in 1983. On August 24, 1991, shortly after the failed August Coup of 1991, the 68-year-old Akhromeyev committed suicide in his Kremlin office. Although he had offered his assistance to the organizers of the coup, Akhromeyev was never formally implicated, raising questions regarding his death, including speculation that he had been murdered to protect the identities of coup participants. During his tenure as the top Soviet military leader (1984-1988), Akhromeyev was actively involved in the talks that would ultimately end the Cold War, and he developed an unusual friendship with Crowe, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George Bush. Crowe, who unsuccessfully urged Bush to delay the start of the Gulf War, later endorsed Bill Clinton for President and chaired President Clinton's foreign intelligence advisory board. Fine condition.
 
 
 
 


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MARSHAL SERGEI FEODOROVICH AKHROMEYEV

Died: September 24, 1991



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