Sokolov was in charge of the Soviet military until an embarrassing incident where a West German pilot flew over Soviet air space undetected and landed the plane in Moscow's Red Square. His tenure ran from 1984 to 1987.
Sokolov is the longest-living former commander of Soviet Union forces and a government agency said he will be listed in the Book of Russian Records for his longevity, ITAR-Tass reported.
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