Mijaíl Golovatov


August 15, 2022

Mikhail Vasilyevich Golovatov (Russian: Михаил Васильевич Головатов; August 23, 1949 – August 1, 2022) was a Russian intelligence officer.[1][2][3]


In 1965 Golovatov enrolled at the NN Godovikov Aviation School in Moscow. He worked in the Moscow Fire Department until 1972. Golovatov was a member of the sports and fitness society Dynamo Sports Club from 1965 to 1971. He worked with the KGB. In 1984 he was posted to Khabarovsk where he established the regional branch of the Alpha Group of the KGB. He later he was commander of the Alpha Group. In 2011 he was arrested at the Vienna International Airport by the Austrian police, after a European arrest warrant had been issued by Lithuania for his criminal responsibility for the events of January 13, 1991. The Lithuanian government was informed, but the authorities The Austrian authorities released him within 24 hours, claiming that the information provided by Lithuania was "too vague". On March 27, 2019, the Vilnius District Court found Golovatov "guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity" for his role in the events of January 13, 1991.[4][5] a three-judge panel sentenced Golovatov in absentia to 12 years in prison.[6] Throughout his career, Golovatov received a number of medals and awards, including the title of Master of Sports of the USSR, Order of Honor, Order of Personal Valor of Belarus, Order of the Red Star, Medal of Courage of Russia and Order of the Red Banner. Golovatov died in August 2022, at the age of 72.