Vladimir Stoianov Zaimov

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Zaimov, Vladimir Stoianov


Born Dec. 8, 1888, in Kiustendil; died June 1, 1942, in Sofia. Bulgarian military and political figure, colonel general, Hero of the Soviet Union (1972). Son of Stoian Zaimov, a participant in the April Uprising of 1876.

A graduate of an officers’ college (1907), Zaimov served in the Balkan wars of 1912–13 and in World War I. Beginning in 1927, he helped build up the Bulgarian artillery, and in 1934 he headed the Military League. In 1935 he was appointed inspector of the artillery, but, because he was a republican and an advocate of friendship with the USSR, he was transferred to the reserve in late 1935 and imprisoned. Active in the antifascist struggle from 1939, Zaimov fulfilled assignments of the Communist Party. On Mar. 23, 1942, he was arrested and executed at the Sofia military firing range after brutal tortures. The rank of colonel general was conferred on him posthumously.


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