Ivan Ivanovich Prokofiev (Russian: Иван Иванович Прокофиев) is a Krakozhian politician. He is the current president of the Republic of Krakozhia, the current General Secretary of the Krakozhian Democratic Party, and before entering politics, he was a senior lieutenant in the Krakozhian Army's 1st Armored Division.
He officially became the 7th President of Krakozhia in the January 2013 elections, and he was inaugurated on January 25, 2013. He is Krakozhia's first male bachelor president, but he has a girlfriend, Tanya Kalinina, a captain in the Krakozhian Navy.
Prokofiev was born on September 16, 1981 in Nafitrov, Krakozhia (then known as Karoshan Territory) to decorated Karoshan Defense Force soldier Ivan Andreyevich Prokofiev and his wife Yelena Chernogolova. He was just three years old when the Krakozhian Revolution broke out, and while his father was participating in the operation to free Galdar Umayev and Dmitri Prikopy from the Matkabelovsky High Security Prison, he and his mother were evacuated to Pretoska, soon to be the stronghold of Umayev and the revolutionaries.
Prokofiev attended Nafitrov State University, graduating with a degree in mechanical engineering. After completing his studies, he enlisted with the Krakozhian Army, choosing Tanks as his specialty. After nine weeks in Basic Training, he was given the rank of sergeant and assigned to the 247th Armored Brigade of the Krakozhian Army's 1st Armored Division.
Prokofiev was assigned as the tank gunner of a T-80 main battle tank under Lieutenant Shchelkov of the 247th Armored Brigade, the famed "Panka's Boys" which Lieutenant General Vsevolod Pankavuranov led to victory against more numerous Bulgarian forces. The brigade was training at the Yatuvilskaya Proving Grounds in Yatuvilsk Province when they were told to prepare for battle, as Ixania had bombed Lake Begorod National Base and invaded the country.
Prokofiev's first confirmed kill was an Ixanian Leopard 1 MBT near Isaakovo, a small hamlet at the outskirts of besieged Pretoska, which was followed soon after by a British-made Scorpion light tank. While attacking an Ixanian fortification near Shabivanovskaya, Prokofiev's commander was killed by machine gun fire, forcing him to take command and act as both commander and gunner. He took out another Leopard 1 encased in hardened concrete, which was acting as an improvised fortification.
After receiving a replacement commander, Prokofiev managed to kill an M113 APC during a skirmish in Ganchevskaya, but the commander and the tank driver would later be killed by Ixanian fighter-bombers. Prokofiev was relieving himself during the attack, and was lucky enough not to be in the tank when the bombs fell.
Prokofiev spent some time in a field hospital recuperating from burns sustained during the bombing. He was finally discharged after three weeks, after which he was named tank gunner for one of the 247th's newly arrived M1A1 Abrams tanks. He was also introduced to his new crew: Viktoriya Vegova, tank commander and later Justice Minister, Mstislav Pankavuranov, tank loader and later on tank ace, and Innokentiy Dybenko, tank driver and future Governor of Krakozhia's Venusian province, Vallarinsk.
Prokofiev's first kill with his new comrades, another Ixanian Leopard 1, came on 1 August 2003, during the first stage of Operation Strong Impact, the Krakozhian Army's newest wave of attack against the entrenched Ixanian forces in Pretoska. On that day alone, their tank killed an estimated five more tanks, and disabled at least one more vehicle. On August 2, during stage two of Strong Impact, in the first great tank battle in the twenty-first century, Prokofiev and friends took out an estimated thirty-seven tanks and armored vehicles, as well as disabling three more vehicles in the fighting. This outstanding performance earned all four of them the title Hero of the Republic of Krakozhia.