Kirill Prokofyevich Orlovsky (Russian: Кири́лл Проко́фьевич Орло́вский; 30 January [O.S. 10 January] 1895 – 13 January 1968) was a Soviet partisan commander, a functionary of the Soviet secret police, and the chairman of a major kolkhoz. He was a recipient of the Hero of the Soviet Union award for courage during fighting the Nazi occupation behind enemy lines.
Kirill Orlovsky on a Soviet stamp.
|Born||30 January 1895|
Myshkovichi village, Bobruysk Uyezd, Minsk Governorate, Russian Empire
|Died||13 January 1968 (aged 72)|
Myshkovichi, Kirovsky Raion, Mogilyov Oblast, Byelorussian SSR, Soviet Union
|Years of service||1915–1944|
|Battles/wars||World War I|
Spanish Civil War
|Awards||Hero of the Soviet Union|
Hero of Socialist Labour
Order of Lenin (5)
Order of the Red Banner
Order of the Red Star
Early life and careerEdit
Kirill Prokofyevich Orlovsky was born in the village of Myshkovichi, Minsk Governorate, Russian Empire, into a family of Belarusian peasants on 30 January [O.S. 10 January] 1895. In 1906, he entered the Popovshchina parochial school, graduating in 1910. In 1915, he was drafted into the Imperial Russian Army, first serving as a private in the 251st reserve infantry regiment and from 1917, as a non-commissioned officer in the 65th Siberian rifle regiment, commanding a sapper platoon, seeing action at the Western Front of World War I. In January 1918, he was demobilized, returning to his native village.