According to help agency “RIA Novosti”, published in 2011, Sergei Surovikin just four years after graduating in 1987 from the Omsk Higher Command Military School, became a battalion commander in the Taman division. By the decision of the State Emergency Committee and under the command of Surovikin, a column of equipment of this division in 1991 during the August putsch crushed three young people – Vladimir Usov, Dmitry Komar and Ilya Krichevsky.
In 1995, Surovikin, then a major, was found guilty of several crimes by the Military Court of the Moscow Garrison. The future general was accused of aiding in the acquisition and sale, as well as carrying firearms and ammunition without permission.
These articles of the then Criminal Code provided for up to 8 years in prison, but how notes Radio Liberty, the verdict turned out to be mild and completely humane: one year of imprisonment on probation.
It is also known that in 2014, the commander of the Eastern Military District, Colonel-General Sergei Surovikin, worked in the Rostov region, where he supervised the dispatch of tank units subordinate to him to the southeast of Ukraine.
Surovikin was appointed commander-in-chief of the Aerospace Forces in November 2017.
On December 8, 2017, Surovikin was awarded the title of Hero of Russia for his courage and heroism in performing his military duty in Syria. He was awarded the Orders of St. George IV degree, Courage, “For Military Merit” and a number of medals.