Few months after the German invasion of USSR in the autumn of 1941, Saburov organized first guerrilla units in Bryansk, Oryol and Sumy regions occupied by the enemy. His partisan unit numbered around 1800 men and during the winter of 1941-42 effectively harassed German troops operating behind the enemy lines. On May 18, 1942 Saburov was awarded the title Hero of the Soviet Union as well as Order of Lenin for personal heroism and his contribution to the Soviet war effort.
At the end of 1942 Saburov moved his partisan unit into Ukraine and operated in central and western Ukraine. Together with Sydir Kovpak he played a key role in the leadership of partisan movement in Ukraine.
In 1944 Saburov was promoted to the rank of major general.
After the war he held high-ranking NKVD positions in Ukraine and in 1954 became one of the heads of the Soviet MVD.
Member of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR between 1948 and 1958.
Honours and awards[edit | edit source]
- Hero of the Soviet Union (18 May 1942)
- Two Orders of Lenin
- Order of the Red Banner
- Order of Suvorov, 2nd class
- Order of Bogdan Khmelnitsky, 1st and 2nd classes
- Order of the Patriotic War, 1st class, twice
- Order of the Red Star
- Medal "Partisan of the Patriotic War" 1st class
- Medal "For the Victory over Germany in the Great Patriotic War 1941–1945"
- Other medals