Reading up on Родион Яковлевич Малиновский or in English, Rodion Malinovsky. Rodion Malinovsky - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Still seems to be held in high regard in Russia. He seems a loyal General and so far after only a brief read I can see no problems between him and Stalin. I saw that he served in France in WW1 with the Russian Expeditionary Corps and later with the Légion étrangère . Did his service in France ever get him "noticed" by the OGPU/NKVD? Or did he serve so loyaly in the Red Army in the Civil War and later Spain that there was do doubts about his elligence. I know Stalin was hyper-paranoid aout his Generals and thought that service in the French Army would be a big black mark on his record. EDIT: I've read article in full now & Stalin did have his doubts but Malinovsky's performance in battle proved his worth. Jolly interesting chap by all accounts, I must learn more about Soviet Generals.