Unit: 76th Guards Air Assault Division, Southern Military District

Cargo ID: #513

Full Name: Mikhail Vladimirovich Vasiliev

Russian Name: Васильев Михаил Владимирович

Education: Lomonosov Moscow State University; Academy of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation

Date of Birth: 19 May 1971 (age: 51 years)

Awarded: Order of Courage, the Order of Prp. Sergius of Radonezh III degree, medal of the Order "For Merit to the Fatherland" II degree.

He was the rector of the Church of the Great Martyr Barbara and St. Ilia Muromets - the Patriarchal Compound at the headquarters of the Strategic Missile Forces in the village of Vlasikha, Moscow Region.
"Today, November 6, 2022, being in combat positions among our paratroopers, he received a wound incompatible with life, from the shrapnel Himmers, who exploded three meters from him, the "landing priest", the former rector of the Airborne Forces Church in Sokolniki, and since 2017 the rector of the church of St. Elijah Muromets and the Holy Great Martyr Barbara in Vlasikha, Moscow region, Archpriest Mikhail Vladimirovich Vasiliev. In 2002-2004 he came to Chechnya, ministered and mentored our Pskov guys."

The strike that killed Mikhail also killed the priest serving with him: Alexander Tsyganov, a known FSB agent and chaplain of the 76th Guards Air Assault Division.

The funeral service was attended by: Acting Commander of the Airborne Forces of Russia Lieutenant General A.G. Kontsevoy; Deputy Commander of the Strategic Missile Forces of the Russian Federation, Lieutenant General A.A. Burbin; Lieutenant General V.E. Evtukhovich; Colonel-General V.A. Shamanov; Chairman of the Presidium of the All-Russian Public Organization "Council of Veterans of the Airborne Forces of Russia" Major-General V.A. Danilchenko; First Deputy Commander of the Russian Airborne Forces, Colonel-General A.A. Chindarov; and First Deputy Commander of the Russian Airborne Forces, Lieutenant General N.V. Staskov.

More funeral photos can be found here: Website of the Photo Service of the Patriarch of Moscow

Mikhail served in Chechnya as well.