|astronautix.com||Lunar flight cosmonauts assignments.|
In the period 1966 to 1968 there were five simultaneous Soviet manned space projects (Soyuz 7K-OK orbital; Soyuz 7K-L1 circumlunar; Soyuz VI military; L3 manned lunar landing; Almaz space station). Cosmonaut assignments were in constant flux, resulting in many claims in later years that 'I was being trained for the first moon flight'.
On 2 September 1966 a training group was formed for Soyuz 7K-OK orbital flights:
Shortly thereafter Gagarin was removed from the commander position, new cosmonauts were added, and the training cadre was reorganized into two groups:
It was then decided that it was too early for dedicated L3 training and single 7K-OK orbital and 7K-L1 group was formed on 7 December 1966:
A few weeks later Rukavishnikov and Sevastyanov (engineers from the Korolev bureau) were added.
After the crash of Soyuz 1 in April 1967 and the resulting death of Komarov, the military Soyuz 7K-VI group was dissolved. This resulted in a new L1 training group:
The final L1 crews for manned circumlunar flights were:
The L3 lunar landing program never got close enough to flight status for crew assignments to be made. References: 23 .