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Artyom Belikov III Opens Up About Generational Honor and His Family’s Military Tradition

The Belikov family are a respected House with a long history of military honor. The youngest of this generation of Belikovs is Artyom Belikov III who has followed in his family’s footsteps and pursued a career in the army.

He experienced success in his role as an interpreter yet was also faced with the terrible pain and hardships that come with war. He opens up about the realities of the horrors that he encountered and offers insight into the current state of the world.

Hello Artyom, thank you for your time. Can you start by telling us a little bit about yourself?

I am Artyom Belikov III. Third of my name in the House of Belikov, I am also a descendant of the Nguyen Family from the first generation of the old Emperor of Gia Long. I have a Bachelor’s in Accounting and am working on getting my Master’s in Accounting as well.

I used to be a member of a unit called the “Ghost Brigade” with special permission from Commander Markov under the banner of the Lugansk People’s Republic. I am 23 years old and currently living in the United States through my mother’s citizenship. I am currently one of the youngest member of the family within my generation.

You come from a noble family. Can you tell us more about the history of the House of Belikov?

The history of my familial House stems from the 17th Century under Dmitry Ivanovich Belikov in 1683 under the populated estate. We were included in the noble deputy assembly in the VI parts of the noble family tree of the book of Penza province. From there we have had several notable members within our family ranging from agronomist and writer on agricultural issues Pavel Vasilievich Belikov, to priests Alexander Ivanovich Belikov and Alexei Petrovich Belikov.

Our noble crest was actually created in 1785 by Mikhail Filippovich Belikov. It is described as the silver field of the shield, a gray sword, which is depicted horizontally, pointing to the right with a black and gold hilt. Above it is a golden cross. The shield is surmounted by a noble crown with the letters M and V in Latin letters to represent the creator of our crest and our noble house. Our coat of arms was then later developed by one of my ancestors Alexei Belikov. It is a silver shield and a scarlet with silver seams brick strip. On it is a golden sword pointed upwards. On its sides is a silver field along with a green olive branch.

As time progressed, we had a history of having a military tradition, service to our country and to all its people coming first. It wasn’t until around the time of the Revolution that the House of Belikov had nearly been wiped out. While all the men went off to war and fought each other, the rest were nearly assassinated by the illegitimate and adopted children of the family, which caused an even larger rift at the time. After the Civil War had occurred we continued our upstanding tradition, with several members of the family even gaining Heroes of the Soviet Union awards, ranging from fighter pilots to generals.

You are also a former soldier. When did you decide that you wanted to become a soldier?

I never really had the ability to make a choice. My family had always decided for me what my destiny was from a very early age. You see, it was always a duty to serve our country, it has been for several hundred years even when we were simply members of the Cossack hosts and were consider a cadet branch of the Denisov family.

We as a collective had always put our duty to our country first regardless of the costs. When our homeland was threatened, my family were always the first to sign up, even during the times of the revolution my family had actually made it apparent to serve our country regardless of whoever took over, some joined the white army and some joined the Red army.

What did you do during your time in the army?

I served as an interpreter for an international volunteer force for a unit called the “Ghost” brigade, for the former Commander Markov of the Luhansk People’s Republic.

I was present during the time when the Minsk II agreement was established and when the cease fire was not honored. My role, aside from interpretation, was as an infantryman attached to a tank unit. I signed up during the time of Mandatory Service from 2016-2017. I joined with all of my childhood friends, and I was the last one that came home.

What do you feel that you got out of this experience?

Honestly? I’ve developed both resolve as well as pain. I have developed such a pain within my heart and soul because of the feeling that everything I had, everyone I held close to, was ripped away from me.

It left me damaged, to the extent where it makes it hard to really let anyone into my life. Not many people understand what it’s like to have coffee with someone one hour and then watch someone you knew for years die in the most gruesome way. Or seeing children be left as orphans, or even watching them die. It’s one of the worse experiences humans could ever face. The ones that are left, are left broken with no real way to properly cope with it. The feeling of holding a rifle, it never leaves, and you can’t really express your own emotions properly because you are so used to repressing it to save your own mental state.

It leaves you distrustful of the world, because the fact is, what kind of God is there if any would allow such cruelty to happen? How can we expect people to stay in our lives if all we will be faced with is death or they just leave because they can’t handle how broken you are?

You and your family are no strangers to military honors. Can you tell us some more about the awards won?

My family are long awarded members of several military honours from the time of the Soviet Union. We have several members that were awarded the Hero of the Soviet Union, the Order of Lenin, etc. Currently, we have over 5 family members that were awarded the highest Honour, which is the Hero of the Soviet Union, and over 10 members awarded with the Order of Lenin. We also have over 20 members with the Order of the Red Banner and over 30 with the Jubilee Medal “Twenty Years of Victory in the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945.” Even my own grandfather was awarded “medal for the Defense of Stalingrad.”

Are you able to give us any insight into the current situation in Ukraine?

The current situation in Ukraine is too complex to really speak of. But I can say one prominent thing, though I don’t wish the cruelties of war on anyone, I do believe the situation can be remedied by two very prominent actions. The first is the acknowledgement that there are Neo-Nazi groups that were integrated with both the government as well as with the military. We must recognize the war crimes committed since 2014 that were recognized by the UN OSCE and instigate a complete restructuring and even purge of both military and government.

The second would be to ensure complete neutrality, similar to Denmark and Sweden, where both parties can be happy and the nervousness of both governments don’t escalate.