Hero of Russia Oleg Klyuchnikov


As part of the work to counter the ideology of terrorism, the Voronezh Regional Art Museum. I.N. Kramskoy continues the series of online publications “Heroes of Russia”, dedicated to the natives and residents of the Voronezh region – the Heroes of Russia, who distinguished themselves in the fight against international terrorism.

Klyuchnikov Oleg Mikhailovich (1966-2002) – Major of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation, Hero of the Russian Federation (2003).

Oleg Klyuchnikov was born on July 11, 1966 in Voronezh. Graduated from high school. In 1985-1987 he served in the border troops of the KTPO on about. Sakhalin. After demobilization, he went to serve in the bodies of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the USSR. Since 1988, he served in the OMON at the Internal Affairs Directorate of the Voronezh Region. Graduated from the Oryol Institute of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. He made two business trips to North Ossetia and five business trips to Chechnya, participated in the battles of the first and second Chechen wars.

In April 2002, Klyuchnikov went on his fifth business trip to Chechnya. Repeatedly participated in combat clashes with separatist forces. On June 17, 2002, together with four OMON fighters, he organized an ambush near the village of Chozhi-Chu, into which a gang of fifteen militants fell. In an unequal battle, Klyuchnikov and his comrades inflicted heavy losses on them. Ordering his comrades to change position, he called artillery fire on himself with a flare. From his wounds, Klyuchnikov died on the battlefield. Thanks to his actions, the group managed to hold their positions until reinforcements arrived. He was buried at the Comintern Cemetery in Voronezh.

By Decree of the President of the Russian Federation No. 1050 dated September 9, 2003, for “courage and heroism shown during the counter-terrorist operation in the North Caucasus region,” police major Oleg Mikhailovich Klyuchnikov was posthumously awarded the high title of Hero of the Russian Federation.

Photo from the website of the international patriotic Internet project “Heroes of the Country”