MOSCOW, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- Sergei Sokolov, a former Soviet defense minister under Mikhail Gorbachev, died Friday, a Russian official said. He was 101.
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.