(1917-1994) Marshal of the Soviet Union, Chief of the General Staff of the USSR between 1977 and 1984. Ogarkov became widely known in the West when he became the Soviet military’s spokesman following the shootdown of Korean Air Lines Flight 007 near Moneron Island in September 1983. He was fired by the Politburo on 6 September 1984 in both his capacity of Chief of the General Staff and First Deputy Minister of Defense. A typed congratulatory note addressed by Ogarkov to Colonel-General Kharchenko, signed and dated in black ink: âDear Victor Kondratâevich, best New Yearâs wishes for 1968. I sincerely wish you good health, happiness both in private life and success in your career. Colonel-General N. Ogarkov, December 28, 1968.â 3.5 x 7 inches, very good.