Unit: 1st Parachute Battalion, 104th Guards Air Assault Regiment, 76th Guards Air Assault Division, Western Military District
From February 24, 2022, he took part in the Russian invasion of Ukraine. During an artillery shelling on May 31, he received a shrapnel wound in the leg and was evacuated to the hospital. On the way to the rear, the infantry fighting vehicle hit a carefully camouflaged minefield. Having blown up on a mine, the BMP stopped, and it was struck by the calculation of an enemy anti-tank guided missile. During the clash he was mortally wounded.
Cargo ID: #381
Full Name: Alexander Ivanovich Stefanov
Russian Name: Александр Иванович Стефанов
Date of Birth: September 14, 1981 (age: 40 years)
Place of Birth: Bolkhov, Oryol Oblast, Russia
Education: Ryazan Higher Airborne Command School (graduated 2005)
Awarded: Hero of Russia (ph.), Order of Courage, Medal "For Military Valor" 2nd Class, Medal "Army General Margelov", Medal "For Distinction in Military Service" 2nd Class,
Previous Deployments: Kyrgyzstan, Crimea, and Syria
He served in the 76th Guards Airborne Assault Chernihiv Red Banner Order of Suvorov Division. He went from the commander of an airborne platoon to the commander of the paratrooper battalion of the 104th Guards Airborne Assault Red Banner Order of the Kutuzov Regiment. During his service he was sent on business trips, performing special tasks in Kyrgyzstan, Crimea, and also in Syria.
Awards: Hero of Russia (ph.), Order of Courage, Medal "For Military Valor" 2nd Class, Medal "Army General Margelov", Medal "Participant of the Military Operation in Syria", 2 medals under investigation, Badge "Officer 1st Class", Badge "Instructor Parachutist", Badge "Graduation from a Higher Education Institution", Badge "Guard"
By the Decree of the President of the Russian Federation ("closed") dated September 14, 2022, for courage and heroism shown in the performance of military duty, Guards Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Ivanovich Stefanov was awarded the title of Hero of the Russian Federation (posthumously).