Regiment Commander - Lieutenant Colonel

Unit: 71st Guards Motorized Rifle Regiment, 42nd Guards Motorized Rifle Division, 58th Combined Arms Army, Southern Military District

Note: In April 2023, Nikilin wrote several letters to family members of subordinates and signed them "Lieutenant Colonel M. Nikilin". It is unclear whether he was promoted between then and his death, or if the friend that reported his death was mistaken about his rank being Colonel. As there is nothing to directly contradict the first hand account, we are leaving his rank as Colonel for now. This may be adjusted in the future as more evidence appears.

Update (Nov 24, 2023): We have had to move Mikhail to Lieutenant Colonel. His family was awarded his posthumous Order of Courage and during the ceremony he was very clearly identified as a Lieutenant Colonel.

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English Name: Mikhail Andreevich Nikilin

Russian Name: Никилин Михаил Андреевич

Date of Birth: January 3, 1985 (age: 38 years)

Education: Kazan Higher Tank Command School

Awards: Order of Courage x2, x1 (ph.), Medal "For Courage", others under investigation

Passport Information: 20 04 396118, issued by the Central District Department of Internal Affairs of the city of Voronezh

Social Media: (under the pseudonym Mikhail Ivanov), (blocked),

Placed 12th in the 75kg weight class of the 13th St. Petersburg Powerlifting Open Cup (2006)

At the Forest Cemetery, the grave of a comrade in arms, commander, Colonel Mikhail Andreevich Nikilin, holder of the Order “For Courage” was desecrated“Mikhail Andreevich brought all his subordinates out from under fire, and he himself received mortal wounds, and now the hero’s family and comrades must endure this mockery!
I ask for help in disseminating information to find and punish the freaks who did this to the fullest extent of the law!”
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