Kornilov, Lavr (Georgiyevich)

Kornilov, Lavr (Georgiyevich)

biographical name

(born Aug. 30, 1870, Karkaralinsk, Western Siberia, Russian Empire—died April 13, 1918, near Ekaterinodar, Russia) Imperial Russian general. A career army officer, he was a divisional commander in World War I. After the Russian Revolution of 1917, he was appointed army commander in chief by Aleksandr Kerensky. Conflicts developed because of their opposing views on politics and the role of the army, and, when Kornilov sent troops toward Petrograd, Kerensky interpreted the move as an attempted coup and dismissed him. After being arrested, he escaped to command an anti-Bolshevik White army and was killed in battle.

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