Rozhkov Andrey Nikolaevich *
(07.03.1961 22.04.1998)


International class rescuer, commander of the group of the State Central Airmobile Rescue Team of the Ministry of the Russian Federation for Civil Defense, Emergencies and Disaster Relief, Hero of the Russian Federation.
Born in the city of Dzerzhinsk, Gorky (now Nizhny Novgorod) region in the family of employees.
After graduating from high school number 502 in Moscow, he entered the Moscow Irrigation Institute, which he graduated in 1983. After graduation he enrolled in 1983 on a special course of the Spanish language, he graduated in 1984. From 1984 to 1986, he worked as an engineer in the reservoir department at the Soyuzgidrovodkhoz All-Russian Research Institute. In parallel, he graduated from the All-Union School of Mountaineering Instructors, underwent an internship and graduated from the rescuers-climbers courses.
In 1986 he joined the Mountaineering Department of the All-Union Council of the All-Union Labor Union of Trade Unions, a trainer in the educational and sports work and rescue service department.
From 1989 to 1991 - Head of the Mountaineering and Tourism Department of the professional sports club KAMAZ. Consisted in the rescue squad of the Red Cross and Red Crescent.
In 1991 he joined the newly created State Committee for the Elimination of Emergencies of Russia, where he was a leading specialist in the third inspection. Since 1992 - deputy head of the Centrospas squadron.
A.N. Rozhkov took part in many search and rescue operations, in particular: in the aftermath of earthquakes in Armenia, in the Islamic Republic of Iran, in Kyrgyzstan. He participated in an operation to explode a reinforced concrete pipe at the Ufa refinery, to eliminate the consequences of the plague epizootic in Tuva, in the operation to deliver humanitarian aid in the city of Tkvarcheli (Abkhazia), to the besieged areas of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Yugoslavia, in Tajikistan. He participated in the search and removal of the dead helicopter pilots from the combat zone in the area of ​​the Kodori River (Abkhazia). He took part in work in Chechnya, evacuated the sick and wounded from the city of Grozny as part of the task force, saved the cultural values ​​of the Museum of Fine Arts of Grozny. He traveled to the island of Svalbard, taking part in the aftermath of the crash, participated in the aftermath of the collapse of a residential building in Kaspiysk, a plane crash of an MI-8 helicopter and many other operations.
He led the Soviet-French expedition to the peak of Communism in 1989, took part in the ascent in 1987 - Free Korea (Tien Shan), Grand Capuchin (France); in 1989 - the peak of Korzhenevskaya (Pamir), the peak of Communism, Khan-Tengri (Tien-Shan), the peak of Auezov; in 1991 - Lenin Peak, Pamir dog sledding.
In 1995 A.N. Rozhkov participated in the exercises at the North Pole, led the ski group. In the Guinness Book of Records his dog sledding ascents, an explosion at the Ufa plant, are recorded. During his time in the detachment, he proved himself to be a skillful and experienced rescuer, personally participated in more than 150 rescue operations.
On April 22, 1998  during the testing of rescue diving equipment, Andrei Nikolaevich Rozhkov died while diving into the waters of the Arctic Ocean near the North Pole. He was buried in the hero-city of Moscow at Khovansky Northern Cemetery (section 303a).
The President of the Russian Federation No. 741 of June 30, 1998, for courage and heroism shown in testing new rescue equipment, was awarded the title Hero of the Russian Federation posthumously to Rozhkov.
International class rescuer (12/16/1992).
He was awarded the Order "For Personal Courage", medals "For Services to the Fatherland" 2nd Degree","For Courage" (07.26.1993), departmental medals"Sports Glory 2nd degree, "Participant in emergency humanitarian operations".  

An island in the Bay Bespokoinaya on the west coast of the northern island of Novaya Zemlya. Opened by the Emergency Ministry expeditionary group in 1999. Named by the Resolution of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 381 of May 16, 2001.


* Biography presented by Kirill Osovik on the website of the Heroes of the Country.


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