Viktor Bilash

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Viktor Fedorovych Bilash (Ukrainian: Віктор Федорович Білаш; 1893 – 24 January 1938) was the Chief of Staff of the Revolutionary Insurgent Army of Ukraine (RIAU) under Nestor Makhno.[1] A gifted military commander, Bilash himself planned many of the Insurgent Army's operations, later becoming its commander in chief after Makhno's flight into exile.[2]

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Viktor Bilash
Віктор Білаш
Otaman of the Makhnovshchina
In office
13 August 1921 (1921-08-13)  c. 1923 (1923)
Preceded byNestor Makhno
Succeeded byPosition disestablished
Personal details
Born1893 (1893)
Novospasivka, Mariupolsky, Katerynoslav, Russian Empire
Died24 January 1938(1938-01-24) (aged 44–45)
Kharkiv, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
Cause of deathExecution by firing squad
Military service
Allegiance%D0%9C%D0%B0%D1%85%D0%BD%D0%BE%D0%B2%D1%81%D0%BA%D0%BE%D0%B5_%D0%B7%D0%BD%D0%B0%D0%BC%D1%8F.svg Makhnovshchina
ServiceDeath_to_oppressors_of_workers.svg Revolutionary Insurgent Army of Ukraine
Years of service1918-1923
RankChief of staff
Battles/warsUkrainian War of Independence

His son, Oleksandr, a World War II veteran, was able to obtain the manuscript of his father's work, with other previously unknown documents in 1993. He subsequently published it together as a book called “The Roads of Nestor Makhno”.