Iona Yakir, Commander of the Ukrainian Military District,
typed document signed, January 1930.
Measures 13" x 8 ¾". The document is a recommendation for
promotion of Aleksey Volkov, Party Work Instructor,
Political Department of the Special Troops of the Kiev
Garrison. Volkov is recommended to be promoted to a chief
of an organizing section. The recommendation was originally
submitted on 28 Nov. 1929 by the Section Chief of the
Interestingly, as evident from the note of the Political
Department Commander on the bottom of the front page, Volkov
expressed unwillingness to either accept the advancement or
remain in his current position. It is therefore suggested
that he is transferred to serve as commissar of a battalion
or deputy commissar of a regiment. Moreover, the note
emphasizes that Volkov "has not changed his behavior" in
regards to "negative traits" stated in the previous
evaluation. Nevertheless, he was to remain in current
position according to the somewhat "wishy-washy" resolution
of the members of the evaluation committee, with the
possibility of either an advancement or reappointment as a
battalion commissar in a field unit. Yakir approved the
conclusion of the committee by signing in red pencil, near
the bottom of the verso.
Noted military reformer and commander, Yakir was a brutal
Red Army Commander during the Civil War - notorious for
promising to parole White Army POWs and then simply shooting
everyone once they surrendered. He was also famous for
conducting war games in the mid 1930s on a huge scale not
previously attempted and impressing foreign observers with
the capabilities of the Red Army participants. In 1935, the
Ukrainian Military District was divided into Kiev (Special)
and Kharkov Military Districts with Yakir taking command of
the former. A friend of Frunze and a believer in
Tukhachevsky's theories, he ran afoul of Stalin and became
one of the highest ranking victims of Stalin's purge of the
Soviet military in 1937.
The document is in very good to excellent condition.
Oversize document has lost approximately 1" of paper at the
bottom, not affecting Yakir's signature.