Vasily Lazarev

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Vasily Grigoryevich Lazarev
Nationality Soviet
Born (1928-02-23)February 23, 1928
Poroshino, Altai Krai,
Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Died December 31, 1990(1990-12-31) (aged 62)
Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Other occupation
Medical Doctor
Rank Colonel, Soviet Air Force
Time in space
1d 23h 15m
Selection Voskhod Group
(Medical Group 1)
Missions Soyuz 12, Soyuz 18a
Awards Hero of the Soviet Union Order of Lenin

Vasily Grigoryevich Lazarev (Russian: Васи́лий Григо́рьевич Ла́зарев; February 23, 1928 – December 31, 1990) was a Soviet cosmonaut who flew on the Soyuz 12 spaceflight as well as the abortive Soyuz 18a launch.

He was injured by the high acceleration of the abort and landing and was initially denied his spaceflight bonus pay, having to appeal directly to Leonid Brezhnev to receive it. Brezhnev was at the time the General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union

Lazarev held a degree in medicine and the rank of colonel in the Soviet Air Force. He remained in the space programme until failing a physical in 1981. He never fully recovered from the injuries sustained on Soyuz 18a and died on the last day of 1990 at only 62.

He was awarded the title Hero of the Soviet Union, the title Pilot-Cosmonaut of the USSR and the Order of Lenin.