Kuraliov was born in Rubtsovsk city in the Altai Territory. He lives in Naro-Fominsk (the Moscow region). The serviceman was earlier convicted for abuse of power and acts of violence.
Russian Armed Forces Lieutenant Colonel Kuraliov, who occupied post of senior officer of the reconnaissance squad of the 4th Armored Division (military base No. 19612 deployed in Naro-Fominsk, the Moscow region,) of the 1st Tank Army (Bakovka, Moscow region) of the Western Military Command of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, was sent in the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine's east to execute criminal orders of the Russian military and political leadership.
According to the verdict of the Vyborg Garrison Military Court (Leningrad region) of Nov. 8, 2010 (Presiding Judge A. Semukov), Major Sergey Kuraliov had inflicted injuries on three subordinate conscripts of the reconnaissance squad June 14, 2010, while serving in the Reconnaissance Battalion of the 138th Separate Motorized Rifle Brigade (Kamenka, Leningrad region) and was found guilty of committing a criminal offense under subsection "a" of the Part 3 of the Article 286 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation.
Following the verdict of the court, by the decision of command of the 138th Separate Motorized Rifle Brigade of the Russian Armed Forces, Major Kuraliov was suspended from office, committed at the disposal of the commander of this military unit and was out of the state for the next 2 years. He was also deprived of possibility to be promoted and received the minimum salary over the mentioned period.
Participation in the battles in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine allowed officer Sergey Kuraliov to continue serving in the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, atone for cancellation of the criminal record as well as receive salary refund for the period of his forced stay outside the state.