Full name: Sergey Sergeyevich Kuralev (Ermish)

Date of Birth: 20.10.1977

Place of birth: Rubtsovsk, Altai Territory.

Occupation: Colonel, commander of the 28th Regiment of the 70th Division of the 18th Army, war criminal

Places of residence:

  • Pskov region, Vladimirskiy Camp, d.1, sq.122


  • passport: 4103 366443
  • INN: 5102 0708 5890
  • driver’s license: 8221122122

Transportation: Toyota Corolla, U309HB150.


Wife: Kuraleva (Gonchar) Natalia Valeryevna

Date of birth: 26.05.1984



Daughter: Sofia Sergeevna Kuraleva

Date of birth: 20.12.2009

Phone: 79261106045

Daughter: Taisia Sergeevna Kuraleva

Date of birth: 14.06.2012

Son: Timofey Sergeyevich Kuralev

Date of birth: 19.03.2017

Relative: Ksenia Sergeyevna Kuraleva

Date of birth: 07.09.2002

Biography of Sergey Kuralev

Sergey Kuralev was born on October 20, 1977 in Rubtsovsk, Altai Territory. Graduated from the Novosibirsk Military Institute in 2001. In 2001-2003 he took part in combat operations in Chechnya.

He began his service as a reconnaissance platoon commander in the 291st Motorized Rifle Regiment (Borzoi, Chechen Republic). In 2009-2012 – commander of a reconnaissance company, staff officer (deputy commander) of the reconnaissance battalion of the 138th Independent Motorized Rifle Brigade (Kamenka, Leningrad Oblast, v/h 02511) of the 6th Army.

On June 14, 2010, he inflicted bodily injuries on three conscripts and was convicted under Part 3 of Article 286. Following the court’s verdict, Major Kuralev was suspended, placed at the commander’s disposal, and for the next two years was out of state, barred from regular rank and paid minimum wage.

In 2012-2015, Kuralev was a senior officer in the intelligence department of the 4th Tank Division (Naro-Fominsk, Moscow Region, v/h 19612) of the 1st Tank Army.

Sergei Kuralev: war crimes

Since January 2015, he took part in the war against Ukraine, he was deputy chief of staff for intelligence of 2 omsbr 2 AK (Lugansk). Cover name Ermisch, call sign “Snake.”

At the moment Sergei Kuralev commands the 28th regiment of the 70th division. He replaced Colonel Salim Karurov in this position. His unit has held positions on the left bank of the Dnieper River in the Kherson region since July 2023. Kuralev’s subordinates commit war crimes against civilians in the temporarily occupied territories.

Also, units of the 70th Division are taking part in the destruction of residences and critical infrastructure on the right bank. Bombardments of Kherson, Berislav, Kazatskoye and other settlements constantly cause civilian casualties.

Sergey Kuralyov’s family

Kuralyov’s wife, Natalia, works as a consultant in a cosmetics company. She is active on social media, thanks to which a lot of information was learned. Including the war criminal’s family, whereabouts and career path. The Kuralevs also have three children, Sophia, Taisia and Timothy.