Filipp Ivanovich Golikov (July 30, 1900 – July 29, 1980) was a Soviet military commander, promoted Marshal of the Soviet Union in 1961. Golikov saw service during the Russian Civil War. Immediately before the outbreak of the Great Patriotic War, he was in charge of the Soviet Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU) (1940–41), personally leading Soviet military missions in Great Britain and United States. During the World War II, he commanded the Bryansk Front (1942) and Voronezh Front (1942–43), before being appointed Assistant Minister of Defense (April 1943), at which post he was responsible for the repatriation of Soviet citizens. The war over, he held various offices in the Ministry of Defense.
- There are also many instances where people hostile to the Soviet state are attempting by means of deceit and provocation to poison the minds of our citizens and compel them to believe in monstrous lies.
- Quoted in "Behind the Iron Curtain" - by George Moorad - Soviet Union - 1946
- I admit I distorted intelligence to please Stalin because I feared him.
- 1965. Quoted in "What Stalin Knew: The Enigma of Barbarossa" - Page 249 - by David E. Murphy - History - 2005
- We still have many shortcomings and failures to fulfill the Party's demands, especially as regards the liquidation in some of our people of survivals of the accursed past in consciousness and conduct and the fulfillment of the demands of our Soviet ethics and military discipline.
- Quoted in "Bulletin" - Page 9 - History - 1962
- Golikov was a perfect choice. While he himself likely saw Stalin as a guardian angel, Stalin surely saw in him an individual on whom he could rely completely.
- David E. Murphy