(гугл перевод) Matvey Kuzmin was born in the village Kurakin (now Velikoluksky District of Pskov Region), the son of a serf (three years before the abolition of serfdom). It was individual peasant (not involved in the farm) and lived by hunting and fishing on the territory of the collective farm "Rassvet". He was regarded as "counterrevolutionaries"; for unsociable character, he was nicknamed "The Bear."
In August 1941, the Pskov region and the native village of Kuzmin was occupied by the Nazis. In his house he lived the commandant, drove the hosts to the barn. In early February 1942, after the completion kholm pocket, part of the Soviet 3rd Shock Army took defensive positions near their homes Kuzmin.
According to BN Field, in Kurakins battalion quartered German 1st Mountain Division, to which in February 1942 was given the task to produce a breakthrough, leaving the rear of the Soviet troops in the counter-offensive is planned in the area Malkinsky heights.
February 13, 1942 the battalion commander demanded that the 83-year-old Kuzmina address conductor and bring piece to the Soviet-occupied village Pershin (6 km from Kurakin), promising for this money, flour, kerosene, as well as a hunting rifle brand Sauer "Three Rings" . Kuzmin agreed. However, after learning map intended route, he sent Pershin his grandson Vasya to warn the Soviet troops, and assigned them a place for an ambush near the village of Malkin. Kuzmin himself drove the Germans long roundabout way, and finally, at dawn led to Malkin, which already took a position 2nd Battalion of the 31st Infantry Brigade separate Cadet (Colonel SP Gorbunov) Kalinin Front, the then defense on Malkinsky altitudes Makoedovo area villages, Malkin and Pershin. German battalion came under machine-gun fire and suffered heavy losses (more than 50 dead and 20 prisoners). Kuzmin himself was killed by a German commander.
MK Kuzmin was first buried in his native village Kurakin. In 1954, a ceremonial reburial of the hero on the brotherly cemetery of the city of Great Luke.