Aleksei Semenovich Shumavtsov

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Shumavtsov, Aleksei Semenovich


Born Mar. 27, 1925, in the village of Ol’shanitsa, Diat’kovo Raion, Briansk Oblast; died Nov. 10, 1942, in the city of Liudinovo, Orel Oblast (now Kaluga Oblast). Head of the Liudinovo underground Komsomol group during the Great Patriotic War of 1941–45. Hero of the Soviet Union (Oct. 12, 1957, posthumously). Member of the Komsomol from 1940.

The son of a worker, Shumavtsov entered secondary school in 1932. In October 1941, by decision of the Liudinovo raion committees of the ACP(B) and of the Komsomol, he became one of the organizers of the Komsomol underground. Shumavtsov was arrested by the Gestapo in late October 1942; after being brutally tortured, he and A. M. Liasotskii, another member of the Komsomol group, were shot to death in a forest on the outskirts of the city. A memorial stone was placed at the execution site in 1960.

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