Vyacheslav Ivanovich Zof

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Vyacheslav Ivanovich Zof
Born December 1889
Dubno, Volhynian Governorate
Died June 2, 1937(1937-06-02) (aged 47)
?, Soviet Union
Allegiance  Soviet Union
Service/branch Red Army, Soviet Navy
Years of service 1919-1929
Rank Commissar 1st Rank
Commands held Soviet Navy
Battles/wars Russian Civil War
Awards Order of the Red Banner
Other work merchant navy director, factory manager

Vyacheslav Ivanovich Zof (Вячеслав Иванович Зоф in Russian) (December 1889, Dubno - June 20, 1937) was a Soviet military figure and a statesman of Czech ethnicity.


Zof joined the revolutionary movement in 1910. Three years later he became a member of the Russian Social Democratic Labour Party (RSDLP). During World War I, Zof worked as a fitter at an arms factory in Sestroretsk, where he was in charge of the Bolshevist underground. After the February Revolution in 1917, Zof led the Bolsheviks' organization in Sestroretsk and was a deputy of the Petrograd Soviet.

In July 1917, he prepared fake identity papers for Vladimir Lenin and organized his move from Petrograd to Razliv at the request of the RSDLP Central Committee. Zof would then establish contact between Lenin and the Central Committee.

In 1918-1919, he was appointed brigade and division commissar and supplies manager for the 3rd Army of the Eastern Front. In 1919-1920, Zof was a member of the Revolutionary Military Council of the Baltic Fleet and a member of the Petrograd defense committee. In 1921-1924, he held a post of a commissar at the office of the commander-in-chief of the naval forces of the Republic. Between December 1924 and 1926, Zof was the commander of the naval forces and member of the Revolutionary Military Council of the USSR. In 1927-1929, he headed the Sovtorgflot (Soviet Commercial Fleet) office. In 1930-1931, Zof was a deputy People's Commissar of Railroad Transportation. In 1931, he was appointed first deputy People's Commissar of Water Transportation.

Later Zof fell into disgrace and was appointed director of the "Kompresor" factory in Moscow. In 1937, he was arrested, sentenced to death on June 19 and executed the next day.

He was posthumously rehabilitated in 1956.



This article is sourced from Russian Wikipedia

Military offices
Preceded by
Eduard Pantserzhanskiy
Chief of Naval Forces of U.S.S.R
December 9, 1924 - August 23, 1926
Succeeded by
Romuald Muklevich