The only con man in history to become a Hero of the Soviet Union

The only con man in history to become a Hero of the Soviet Union

Valentin Petrovich Purgin, aka Vladimir Golubenko


The real name and surname of our “hero” is Vladimir Golubenko, but in history he entered forever as Valentin Petrovich Purgin. This swindler largely bypassed the famous book hero and favorite of millions of readers of Ostap Bender. The biography of Vladimir Golubenko can be safely filmed or written on the basis of these events a full-fledged novel. A swindler and a recidivist thief, he led the NKVD by the nose for several years and managed to build just a fabulous career in the pre-war USSR, officially getting a job as a military journalist in Komsomolskaya Pravda.

Neither before nor after, not a single person could repeat what Vladimir Golubenko managed to do. This man managed to circle a finger around the system in which the state security authorities controlled each screw. The fraudster was ruined by excessive greed and faith in his absolute impunity. Under the name of Valentin Purgin, our hero managed to obtain the title of Hero of the Soviet Union, for which he ultimately paid cruelly.

How Vladimir Golubenko became Valentin Purgin


Vladimir Golubenko was born in 1914 in the family of an ordinary worker and cleaner in the Urals. The worker-peasant origin did not in any way affect the fate of the young man in the new state under construction. Already at the age of 19 in 1933, Golubenko was first convicted of theft, and in 1937 he was convicted again. This time the crimes were more serious. Golubenko was accused of theft, forgery and fraud. The recidivist was sent to serve his sentence to Dmitrovsky forced labor camp.

At that time, Dmitrovlag was the largest camp association within the OGPU-NKVD, which was created to carry out the construction of the Moscow-Volga Canal, which was named after Stalin. The canal was an important strategic project of those years and was intended to provide the capital of the Soviet Union with drinking water. The second equally important task was to raise the water level in the Volga and the Moscow River to ensure the free passage of ships. For the construction of the canal, prisoners' labor was actively and massively involved. But instead of building a canal, Golubenko decided to run away. The most amazing thing is that he somehow succeeded.


Having escaped from Dmitrovlag, Vladimir Golubenko boarded a passenger train, where he again put his skills into practice (according to other sources, he escaped from the train during transportation to the camp). The first time Golubenko was convicted of stealing a wallet on a tram, this time our hero stole a passport from a random companion. Now the theft was successful, and the stolen document, owned by Valentin Petrovich Purgin, gave Vladimir Golubenko a new life. Having got off at the nearest station with a new passport, Golubenko redid the document in a week by pasting his photograph there. At the same time, according to new documents, he became five years older.

Subsequently, the story took the most unpredictable turn. Many of the "normal thieves" who managed to escape from the camp would simply hid and behave quieter than water, below the grass, but our hero was not one of them. Either he really wanted to surpass the great combinator who knew 400 relatively honest ways of taking money from the population, or he simply dreamed of a beautiful life, but in any case, the newly made Valentin Purgin was not going to hide and hide from the world. On the contrary, Purgin decided to break into people and build a career of a successful Soviet citizen and worker.

How a swindler arranged his career as a journalist


With a new passport, a fugitive recidivist reached Sverdlovsk, where, having forged documents on graduation from the Military Transport Academy, he was able to get a correspondent in the local newspaper Putevka. It was a departmental railway publication. How Purgin worked in the newspaper is not very clear, because according to some reports he did not even have a completed secondary education. However, the lack of education did not prevent the swindler from masterfully forging documents and achieving his goals. It is believed that Purgin himself was engaged in forging documents, approaching this process very responsibly, paying attention to even the most insignificant details. For example, he artificially aged sheets of those documents that could have been stored in archives for years.

From Sverdlovsk the swindler soon moved to Moscow. Valentin Purgin did not come to the capital empty-handed. In addition to the stolen passport, he issued a fake high school diploma, a letter of recommendation signed by the head of the Military Transport Academy located in Sverdlovsk, and an excellent description from the place of study. With this set of fake documents, the swindler easily got into the Gudok newspaper, continuing his career in railway publications.


True, the man who appropriated the surname Purgin, wanted more. In 1938, he managed to get a job at Komsomolskaya Pravda, which was one of the most prestigious newspapers in the Soviet Union. In many ways, this helped Purgin's connections, which he quickly started in the capital. Apparently, he was a sociable person, not without charm. Valentin Purgin easily met people and easily built trusting and friendly relations with them. In Moscow, he met with Komsomolskaya Pravda journalists Donat Mogilevsky and Ilya Agranovsky, who, in turn, brought the fraudster to the post of executive editor of the publication Arkady Poletaev. That is how Purgin managed to get into a prestigious publication: Poletaev also became a victim of his natural charisma.

In "Komsomolskaya Pravda" Purgin very quickly made a career. He became already in March 1939 the deputy chief of the military department of the editorial office. According to the recollections of colleagues, in the editorial board, Valentin Purgin created an aura of mystery around himself and hinted in every way that he was somehow connected with the NKVD. On some days, a con man appeared at work with the real Order of the Red Banner. When asked questions about what he was awarded, Purgin left the answer, often mysteriously fell silent or translated the conversation.

Naturally, Purgin was never awarded any orders, but this will be revealed much later, during the investigation. The award was stolen by the mother of a con man who worked as a night cleaner in the building of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR. She stole the Order of the Red Banner and order books from the office of Mikhail Kalinin, and then transferred it to her son. To fake orders and order books for them, Purgin turned to the services of an engraver. Later, both the mother and the engraver will be arrested, the cleaner will be given five years in prison, but during interrogations she did not admit to whom she had stolen awards.

"Military trips" and the Golden Star of the Hero


In July 1939, the war correspondent of Komsomolskaya Pravda, Valentin Purgin, was sent to the Far East, where another conflict broke out between the USSR and Japan. In autumn, a letter came to the editorial office stating that Purgin was undergoing treatment at a hospital in Irkutsk, and he was injured allegedly during a battle on the Khalkhin-Gol River. Purgin arrived from a Far Eastern business trip with another award, this time with the Order of Lenin.


At the same time, the presentation of the award was made on the letterhead of the military unit, which was stationed in Grodno. Later, investigators will find out that the letter about the treatment in the hospital and the idea of ​​awarding the Order of Lenin were written on the forms of the 39th Special Purpose Division, which was stationed in Grodno on the territory of Belarus. In December 1939, Purgin wrote a short essay about this unit, simultaneously stealing a number of forms from the division headquarters.

In the winter of 1940, Purgin was sent on another business trip, this time to the Soviet-Finnish front. However, the scammer was not going to endanger his life. At the end of January 1940, a letter came to the newspaper’s editorial office in Moscow stating that Purgin had been sent to Leningrad to carry out a secret mission. The letter also indicated that in the case of a long absence of the correspondent, it should be considered that he had temporarily departed to undergo the necessary further training. Some believe that Purgin was already preparing for himself the path of a possible retreat and was going to really lay low. One way or another, all this time he did not even leave the capital. Purgin not only didn’t get to the front, but didn’t even come to Leningrad, spending all his time in Moscow at his friend’s apartment. At the same time, he managed to skip travel money in capital restaurants.

After the end of the Soviet-Finnish war, Purgin decided once again to try his luck. This time against the backdrop of mass awards, the wave of which began after the end of the conflict. On the form stolen in Grodno, Valentin Purgin sent to the award department of the People’s Commissariat of the Navy an idea of ​​rewarding himself. At the same time, in the sent documents, he also entered data on the orders allegedly received by him earlier. Once again, the scammer was lucky. With the connivance of the People’s Commissariat employees, the award documents were satisfied, and on April 21, 1940, Valentin Purgin was awarded the title Hero of the Soviet Union. The corresponding decree was published the next day on the pages of the newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda. In fairness, it can be noted that the award commission did not double-check the performance, since Purgin had previously been awarded the highest military awards, and was also an employee of the central printing organ of the Komsomol Central Committee.

After that, the fame and glory of Purgin as a journalist soared in the editorial office even higher. In Komsomolskaya Pravda, he was considered a recognized authority. The news of the award caught a swindler in Sochi, where he was relaxing with his young wife, the beginning journalist of Komsomolskaya Pravda, Lydia Bokashova. A month later, on May 22, a detailed essay was published in the newspaper, which outlined in all its colors the exploits of Valentin Purgin. This essay was prepared by a friend of Purgin Agranovsky, who really masterfully owned a pen.


It was this essay, which was accompanied by a photograph of the hero, brought down the whole legend of Purgin. The feats described in the essay would be enough for a few people. In particular, Agranovsky wrote that Valentin Purgin managed to distinguish himself in battles on the Far Eastern border at the age of 18, he was first injured there. Then the Motherland appreciated his exploits, presenting him to the Order of the Red Banner. A series of completely fictional episodes followed, including fictional events involving Purgin on Khalkhin Gol and the Finnish border. But this text, perhaps, would have gone unnoticed by many, if not for the photograph of the hero. The article was crowned by a smiling and contented life, Valentin Purgin with orders on his chest.

The photo became fatal, according to it a large number of people who had a collision with Vladimir Golubenko were able to identify it. Starting from the NKVD officers and ending with his former cellmates. All this time, Golubenko was on the All-Union wanted list. Soon the swindler was arrested and all his adventures were revealed. This story literally shocked the entire editorial board of Komsomolskaya Pravda, many of whose members were demoted and reprimanded, while friends of Valentin Purgin, Mogilevsky and Agranovsky, who knew about his scams, received real prison sentences.

The “hero” himself in August 1940 was sentenced by the Military Collegium of the Supreme Court of the USSR to be shot and deprived of all orders and awards that he had appropriated to himself by deceit. The sentence was executed on November 5 of the same year. Golubenko's appeal for pardon was ignored.

Valentin Purgin, aka Vladimir Golubenko, entered the history forever as the only person who fraudulently won the title of Hero of the Soviet Union. He became the first person who was officially deprived of this title on the basis of the Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR of July 20, 1940.
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  1. apro April 18 2020 05: 48 New
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    It’s interesting ... but not more. Today there are such scams ... a wagon and a small cart. And the damage to society is many times greater. And? And nothing. There is no corpus delicti or conditionally 10 years ...
    You can cheat anyone.
    1. Olgovich April 18 2020 07: 02 New
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      Quote: apro
      Interesting ... but no more

      Not entertaining, but significant:

      fully man adopted the system, cleverly took advantage of its loopholes: well, who will come to the editorial office to check orders, letters of recommendation or links to the NKVD?

      Knowing faith and fear of a piece of paper, he did these pieces of paper. And succeeded.

      With GSS, he, of course, lost the edge.
      And the mother of the president of the USSR, calmly drove by the nose and robbed-and-nothing, and no one rushed to search for the stolen orders belay

      There is such a list deprived of the rank of GSS : you read it and your hair stands on end, so much is ALL there.

      for me, an example of a swindler and a rogue who has made full use of the system is Naftaly Aronovich Frenkel_ Turkish Jew, the capitalist owner of steamboats, newspapers, the forest king to the thief. then the bandit from the Japanese. then emigrant. then a smuggler. a successful Nepman, a thief, was sentenced to be shot, but received the Elephant camp.

      from Solovki he wrote ... to Stalin, was understood and made a deafening career in ,,,, the NKVD and the Gulag6 beg. white morstroy, BAM, etc. Deputy Head of the Gulag Lieutenant General. survived all purges, was awarded many times, etc.

      Wow good belay
      1. Plantagenet April 18 2020 07: 25 New
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        “Frenkel had outstanding abilities not only in commerce and organization. Having visually grasped the numbers, he summed them up in his mind. He liked to boast that he remembers 40 thousand prisoners and each of them has his last name, first name, middle name, article and term ( in his camps there was an order to report these data about himself at the approach of high bosses).
        He lived like Trotsky, always in a train traveling around scattered construction battles - and those who were called up from a native disorder for a meeting in his carriage were struck by Viennese chairs, upholstered furniture - and all the more timid before the rebuke and orders of his boss. He himself never entered any barracks, did not smell this stench - he asked and demanded only work. He especially liked to call objects at night, supporting the legend of himself that he never sleeps.
        They no longer planted him. He became Kaganovich’s deputy for capital railway construction and died in Moscow in the 50s with the rank of lieutenant general, in old age, in honor and at rest.
        It seems to me that he hated this country. "
        A.I.Solzhenitsyn
        1. Malyuta April 18 2020 08: 25 New
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          Quote: Plantagenet
          It seems to me that he hated this country. "
          A.I.Solzhenitsyn

          Solzhenitsyn was also a famous storyteller.
          1. Plantagenet April 18 2020 08: 54 New
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            Do you think Naftaly Aronovich was very fond of the Soviet Union and A.I.Solzhenitsyn is deceiving, so to speak, misleading about the personality of Comrade Frenkel?
            PS the person’s surname is capitalized - Solzhenitsyn (do not consider it a lesson in Russian)
            1. Malyuta April 18 2020 09: 04 New
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              Quote: Plantagenet
              Do you think Naftaly Aronovich was very fond of the Soviet Union and A.I.Solzhenitsyn is deceiving, so to speak, misleading about the personality of Comrade Frenkel?

              My colleague is surprised by the fact that only Solzhenitsyn, who also has a very dubious reputation, covered this topic.
              Quote: Plantagenet
              PS the person’s surname is capitalized - Solzhenitsyn (do not consider it a lesson in Russian)

              Thanks for the reminder. hi I strongly apologize, but I do not want to write capitalized names, first names and nicknames of people I disrespect, in principle, and please treat this with understanding. wink
              1. Plantagenet April 18 2020 15: 00 New
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                "but to capitalize the last names, first names and nicknames of the people I disrespect, I don’t want to fundamentally and please treat this with understanding."
                You know, I absolutely do not respect Stalin, Hitler or Robespierre, but this does not give me the right to write their names with a small letter.
            2. Krasnodar April 18 2020 10: 14 New
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              Quote: Plantagenet
              Do you think Naftaly Aronovich was very fond of the Soviet Union and A.I.Solzhenitsyn is deceiving, so to speak, misleading

              With the outbreak of war, the department of Naftalia Frenkel was abandoned for the construction of front-line rocky roads. During the defense of Stalingrad, on his orders, the prisoners dismantled the BAM-Tynda railway line and transferred the rails to the defense of the Volga city: the work was completed as soon as possible (the so-called Volzhskaya Rokada). In 1943, Lieutenant General of the NKVD Engineering and Technical Service Naftaliy Aronovich Frenkel was awarded the Third Order of Lenin.
              1. ccsr April 18 2020 11: 23 New
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                Quote: Krasnodar
                During the defense of Stalingrad, on his orders, the prisoners dismantled the BAM-Tynda railway line and transferred the rails to the defense of the Volga city: the work was completed as soon as possible (the so-called Volzhskaya Rokada).

                Just do not have to fantasize about his personal "initiative" in giving orders - he just executed Decree No. 2082 of July 20, 1942 "On providing rail transport with rails by replacing heavy types of rails on secondary lines with light and dismantling of inactive lines. "
                1. Krasnodar April 18 2020 14: 46 New
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                  This is not a fantasy - this is Wikipedia lol
                  1. Hourly April 18 2020 15: 04 New
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                    Quote: Krasnodar
                    This is not a fantasy - this is Wikipedia lol

                    You are so actively defending your fellow tribeman. Commendable and with humor hi
                    1. Krasnodar April 18 2020 15: 19 New
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                      An interesting biography - and he is Udmurt with a Kalmyk in half or a Greek with Evenk - the tenth case laughing
                2. Pilat2009 April 19 2020 13: 59 New
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                  Quote: ccsr
                  Just do not have to fantasize about his personal "initiative" in giving orders - he just executed Decree No. 2082 of July 20, 1942 "On providing rail transport with rails by replacing rail on secondary lines

                  Well, it was still necessary to bring this order to life
                  1. ccsr April 19 2020 14: 05 New
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                    Quote: Pilat2009
                    Well, it was still necessary to bring this order to life

                    So in our country the whole country embodied any GKO Decisions and attributing to Frenkel his merit in this is simply ridiculous - he would have been put to the wall himself, if he had tried to ignore the work prescribed to him. It is not clear to me why his “merits” are sticking out in this - he was only a performer and no more, and I don’t see any personal merit in this “order”.
          2. Vol4ara April 21 2020 13: 45 New
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            Quote: Malyuta
            Quote: Plantagenet
            It seems to me that he hated this country. "
            A.I.Solzhenitsyn

            Solzhenitsyn was also a famous storyteller.

            He also understood the system and how to use it. Only late 80s - 90s system
        2. vladcub April 18 2020 14: 41 New
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          “it seems to me that he hated this country” Solzhenitsyn can fantasize as he likes, but we still won’t know what Frenkel really thought. He is not such as to publicly declare: "in the grave he knew both Russia and the party and Stalin."
          I can also say: "I think that Satan loved Christ"
          1. Plantagenet April 18 2020 14: 58 New
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            "what Frenkel really thought." In order to understand what Naftaly Aronovich was thinking, just look at what he was doing with the country and with the people of this country.
      2. Krasnodar April 18 2020 10: 03 New
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        Quote: Olgovich


        from Solovki he wrote ... to Stalin, was understood and made a deafening career in ,,,, the NKVD and the Gulag6 beg. white morstroy, BAM, etc. Deputy Head of the Gulag Lieutenant General. survived all purges, was awarded many times, etc.

        Wow good belay

        He was engaged in sewing counterfeit goods in Odessa, in prison he was immediately assigned the head of the production - clothes and chessboards. Then they offered to remain a civilian, from there he advanced in service, where he was gladly accepted. He didn’t write to Stalin - he was just the right brow in his place.
        1. Olgovich April 18 2020 10: 21 New
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          . Then they offered to remain a civilian, from there he advanced in service, where he was gladly accepted. He didn’t write to Stalin - he was just the right brow in his place.

          Vasily Grossman, "Life and Fate":

          "Katsenelenbogen told Krymov about the amazing fate of Nepman engineer Frenkel. At the beginning of NEP, Frenkel built a motor factory in Odessa. In the mid-twenties he was arrested and sent to Solovki. Sitting in the Solovetsky camp, Frenkel gave Stalin an ingenious project - that’s exactly the old Chekist and said: “ingenious.” The project in detail, with economic and technical justifications, spoke about the use of huge masses of prisoners to create roads, dams, hydroelectric stations, artificial reservoirs.


          You can, of course, dispute the novel, but there is such a version.

          As it was, we will not know, but the fate of Frenkel is surprising and this is a fact.hi
          1. Krasnodar April 18 2020 10: 33 New
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            This project was submitted to them for consideration by the leadership already at the post - and Grossman is a writer)).
            Yes - that is unique, I agree
            1. Olgovich April 18 2020 10: 52 New
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              Quote: Krasnodar
              Yes - that is unique, I agree

              Is Vanka cunning?

              exactly one HUNDRED YEARS (1900-2000) was also lived by the Solovkov side-man, who was also sentenced to death, a recidivist thief, a penal battalion soldier, with dozens of names and sentences. recourse
              1. Krasnodar April 18 2020 11: 18 New
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                I have not heard about him
      3. apro April 18 2020 13: 44 New
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        Not entertaining, but revealing:

        Here you can’t argue ... they took over the gills. They judged .. and took real measures to suppress social evil ..
        1. Olgovich April 18 2020 13: 52 New
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          Quote: apro
          . Took over the gills. Judged .. and took real measures to suppress social evil ..

          praised and awarded him in publicand shot quietly ....
          1. Looking for April 18 2020 15: 42 New
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            You crap in public too.
          2. Serg koma April 18 2020 17: 10 New
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            Quote: Olgovich
            praised and awarded publicly

            Interestingly, Serdyukov’s awards (and what were / are there?) Were deprived?
      4. vladcub April 18 2020 14: 29 New
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        Olgovich, for some reason I’m not surprised. For some reason, the Jews were unlucky: they were all spoiled for all, and everyone wants to live. Here the Jews used ALL loopholes to survive.
        So Frenkel, probably, from birth he was a gifted Hamilion
        1. Hourly April 18 2020 14: 35 New
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          Quote: vladcub
          For some reason, the Jews were unlucky: they were all spoiled for all, and everyone wants to live. Here the Jews used ALL loopholes to survive.

          And they took revenge on the USSR (the collapse was complete) .. And it all started with Khrushchev!
          And now for what are they taking revenge? And they are pecking Russia ..
        2. Olgovich April 18 2020 14: 39 New
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          Quote: vladcub
          So Frenkel, probably, from birth he was a gifted Hamilion

          And Yakov Blyumkin?

          He was shot at 29 years old, and his life so fantastic and bizarrethat you wonder. belay
      5. Astra wild April 18 2020 17: 06 New
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        "President of the USSR drove by the nose and robbed" Olgovich, let’s clarify that the orders of M.I. Kalinin were rushing out of his pocket, and he was sleeping drunk? Most likely, orders and blank forms were in the closet and most likely not in a conspicuous place.
        This fact indicates that about two things: 1) a lie that under Stalin there was total surveillance and searched every 10 times. Enemies of the Soviet regime composed a tale of universal suspicion and surveillance, and some colleagues fanned the myth.
        2) it is a lie that sloppiness appeared under democracy. If the secretariat and Kalinin’s guards carried out their job descriptions, she would not be able to steal anything.
        Another happiness is that she did not take the bomb there.
        If they asked me how to punish and whom? I would have shot the chief of security, and the secretariat would drive out the shame
        1. Pilat2009 April 19 2020 14: 02 New
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          Quote: Astra wild
          If they asked me how to punish and whom? I would shoot the security chief

          Everything is correct, and this article also says that there was someone to plant and shoot
    2. Ross xnumx April 18 2020 07: 07 New
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      Quote: apro
      It’s interesting ... but not more. Today there are such scams ... a wagon and a small cart.

      Why are you scared? The country should know its “heroes" in person:

      One showed his “knowledge” and “mastery” in the default of 1998 and brought it to the top of “MOST”, the other - “personally” built a bridge, enriching it with $ 1 ...
      1. Malyuta April 18 2020 08: 39 New
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        One showed his “knowledge” and “mastery” in the default of 1998 and brought it to the top of “MOST”, the other - “personally” built a bridge, enriching it with $ 1 ...

        It is characteristic that in those distant times, scammers had to fake something, put on a mask of another person, as a rule, the result of activity was shooting, and now crooks and crooks are officially awarded with orders, ranks and stole the stolen. Is it possible now to name a person with an impeccable reputation in the power structures and it seems that the competitions are held who will steal the most, the winner is awarded the title of hero of thieves' works and the inhabitants are asked to treat this with understanding.
        1. pmkemcity April 18 2020 14: 15 New
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          as a rule, the result of the activity was the execution,

          All the same, there was one such
      2. Graz April 18 2020 10: 16 New
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        the price of the bridge is not that big by the way by world standards, even if something is stolen too high. does the bridge stand? Is transport running on it? walks around
        all thieves would be so responsible, I don’t know if Kiriyenko and Rotenberg deserve the title of heroes, but in fact both in their places and their entrusted ones didn’t ruin, but developed, this is important for the state, because misfortunes at such trusted objects and posts by inept leadership oh, how much can be done. By default during Kiriyenko’s premiership, he was put on the post when the situation could not depend on him, he was the head of a small aircraft refueling company at Norsi airports, defaulted by completely different people, he was used as a scapegoat
        1. Insurgent April 18 2020 10: 50 New
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          The only con man in history to become a Hero of the Soviet Union

          recourse How many such swindlers will we have? what

          1. depressant April 18 2020 12: 55 New
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            Insurgent, thanks for the video. I knew many people, let's say, from the Avidzb clan. And, all with whom she was familiar are honest, decent people. One of them is Vaho Avidzba, a policeman. He was forced to flee from Abkhazia to Russia after the Russians, fearing the persecution of bandits and thieves, whom he himself had once pursued. He ran and died, poor, from a diabetic coma. Therefore, I was not surprised to see the name of the commander of the "Fifteen". In general, there are very worthy people among the Abkhazians. Unfortunately, the Russian government is betting on a different contingent. Hence the problems with fake heroes in the Lao PDR. Erzats-veterans of the Great Patriotic War more than once or twice arose in Russia - even in my city district. And apparently, they will arise in the future, taking as an example the behavior of "heroes" in high offices.
        2. Souchastnik April 18 2020 12: 53 New
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          Kiriyenko, he was put on the post when the situation could not depend on him in any way

          In fact, Kiriyenko acted as the vice chairman. He was appointed to exponentially remove. I think that it worked normally, at least Rosatom is functioning, and it seems to be normal.
          1. vladcub April 18 2020 15: 24 New
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            Conclusion: urgently restore and reward?
            Probably there were brainy leaders, they debugged the system, picked up their lovers and the car rolls along a straight road.
            Atomists and peasants (I prefer the old word than farmers) by and large, whoever leads: the president or director of Rosatom will not come to plant potatoes or monitor the reactor. Aby did not interfere, but everything else is nonsense. Kiriyenko was smart enough not to get into the reactor, but the president was smart enough not to get bread and plant potatoes in the field
          2. Alexey RA April 20 2020 19: 53 New
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            Quote: Souchastnik
            In fact, Kiriyenko acted as the vice chairman. He was appointed to exponentially remove.

            He was appointed to try to save the HSC. But they were late and did it too clearly. So, it was not possible to return after the HSC default - Primakov had to hand over the post.
        3. Ross xnumx April 18 2020 13: 53 New
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          Quote: Graz
          the price of the bridge is not so big by the way by world standards

          By world standards, we have small pensions, salaries and GDP per capita. And by your standards, as soon as the Vostochny Cosmodrome is completed, Rogozin also needs to be given the Hero of Labor ...
          Okay, they put Kiriyenko to the position of “scapegoat”, but why didn’t he so “honest and principled” refuse the proposed post? What was hoping for? What will make the lives of millions of Russians better? Then what did he so categorically reassure citizens about the impossibility of the ruble falling?
          Here is a brief analysis of his activities:

          I advise you to carefully look at the surroundings of this "hero": there are so many familiar "heroic" people that Vladimir V. could rightly say:

          And from the "heroes" escaped ... wassat
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            but why is he so “honest and principled” did not refuse the proposed post?

            Well, then you need to lead someone. And then this is a school of life, so to speak. How steel was tempered ...
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        One showed his “knowledge” and “mastery” in the 1998 default

        Come on. You still say that the company "Horns and Hooves" was actually led by the Pound. smile
        Kiriyenko was put on the post of prime minister for the sole purpose of removing responsibility for default from the person who actively prepared it - from the Supreme Council. What the “Kinser Surprise” did, thereby serving as the “deputy chairman”.
        True, the HSC did not help - the default covered all involved, so he failed to return, as the HSC planned. I had to be content with the prefix acting - and then only before the arrival of Primakov.
  2. Sayan April 18 2020 06: 59 New
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    I did not take into account the old truth tovarisch - the greed of the fryer ruins))))
    1. Krasnodar April 18 2020 10: 07 New
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      I did not take into account the old truth tovarisch - the greed of the fryer ruins))))

      Vanity wink
    2. Hantengri April 18 2020 15: 17 New
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      I did not take into account the old truth tovarisch - the greed of the fryer ruins))))

      "It’s not beer that kills people; water kills people." (with) yes
  3. Plantagenet April 18 2020 07: 16 New
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    “Neither before nor after has one person been able to repeat what Vladimir Golubenko managed to do. This person managed to circle a finger around the system in which the state security authorities controlled each screw.”

    This Golubenko is just a boy in comparison with the “colonel” Feklenko. That is where the true scope was.

    "The Pavlenko case has not been publicly mentioned anywhere. In my opinion, it is instructive. There is an opinion that only in recent decades have large swindlers and swindlers appeared. Unfortunately, they were there before, in Stalin's times of" high morals. " all categories: murders, banditry, Ukrainian Nazis, major embezzlement, bribery of high-ranking officials. But the criminal case against Pavlenko is the only one of its kind. " - investigator of the Union Prosecutor’s Office Sergei Mikhailovich Gromov
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      “The Pavlenko case has not been publicly mentioned anywhere. In my opinion, it is instructive.

      instructive, yes: Pavlenko clearly used the SYSTEM, with its secrecy, lack of resources and bureaucracy.

      And, most importantly, without masses of bribes handed out to them left and right, he could not have lived a day, let alone cash out MILLIONS of rubles, here's to you and NON-corruption and the "state control" ...
  4. knn54 April 18 2020 07: 55 New
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    Benjamin Weisman - a con man who proclaimed himself twice as a Hero of the Soviet Union. Fake crusts and awards. He rubbed his trust in dozens of Soviet ministers and big officials .. Summed up the great combinator "acquaintance" with the son of Stalin.
    And the entire title of Hero of the USSR was deprived of 150 people.
  5. Avior April 18 2020 08: 01 New
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    "Colonel Pavlenko" with his gang even had a large scale, until he accidentally got caught
    Throughout this story, the level of trust in publications in the press of that time as a source of information is striking.
    1. _Sergei_ April 18 2020 09: 59 New
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      laughing And now we trust the Internet more. The Internet is “sacred,” it is all true.
      1. Avior April 18 2020 10: 35 New
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        Yeah. There is such a problem.

        Although it is more correct to say that the average person believes rather that he wants to believe
        smile
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          Yeah. There is such a problem.

          Although it is more correct to say that the average person believes rather that he wants to believe
          smile

          You can’t argue with the latter
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      Throughout this story, the level of trust in publications in the press of that time as a source of information is striking.

      Not even this is the main thing, but how the law enforcement agencies uncovered these crimes and the perpetrators received well-deserved punishment. As for Golubenko, Pavlenko and other crooks of those times, they are just a kindergarten compared to the rogue of the nineties Kozlenok from GoldenADA, so we must pay tribute to the Stalin period - then they knew how to investigate and punish the guilty.
      1. Avior April 18 2020 13: 20 New
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        Actually, it was opened at the moment when the criminals became impudent
        The GSS wanted one for itself, the second to itself and the accomplices of the order he wrote out in hundreds and completely lost their fear from impunity.
        For nine years Pavlenko was not hiding with a gang, they took by chance in fact.
    3. Astra wild April 18 2020 18: 07 New
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      "Colonel Pavlenko" with his gang even had a large scale, until he accidentally got caught
      Throughout this story, the level of trust in publications in the press of that time as a source of information is striking.

      Colonel Pavlenko. I have not heard of this
  6. DMB 75 April 18 2020 08: 05 New
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    Swindlers have always been, are and will be ... And a kind of talent among them, too, are found ..
    1. Ross xnumx April 18 2020 09: 24 New
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      Swindlers have always been, are and will be ... And a kind of talent among them, too, are found ..


      When making such statements, only one thing needs to be taken into account: all these “dogmas” and “axioms” were invented by those who disguise their true qualities as a criminal talent. And they will exist exactly as long as in our life there will be people who are inclined to develop just such abilities in themselves.
      Strange, but in some tribes of Africa and Amazonia there are neither crooks, nor thieves, nor rapists ... Do you know why? Yes, everything is very simple: they are either killed or expelled from the tribe for "free bread."
      Indestructible swindlers, imperishable corrupt officials, permanent "guarantors"... Do you know why one spider is called the Black Widow? Exactly!!! Because, after "using" the sexual instincts of her partner, she eats it. True, such conclusions were made in laboratory studies. Whether "widows" do this in wildlife is unknown. The most curious question is not why spider males take this step despite the consequences, but whether the representatives of the human race are able to take such a step?
      Therefore, I am inclined to draw other conclusions. All these crooks, like other “criminal geniuses,” exist only because society does not want to take responsibility for getting rid of them in cardinal ways ... But the experience of ridding countries of “knights of profit” (it is this desire that moves all crooks regardless name) is available. Here you have Australia, here you are the United States.
      Has the world made this cleaner? This issue is again related to the opportunities introduced by international thieves to freely cross the borders of countries and obtain citizenship for "small donations."
      hi
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        The most curious question is not why spider males go this step despite the consequences

        And they don’t know the consequences. For there is nobody to tell
    2. Hourly April 18 2020 10: 25 New
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      Swindlers have always been, are and will be ... And a kind of talent among them, too, are found ..

      After reading your comment, I immediately recalled the words of I.V. Stalin on this subject .. Very much in the subject in the current situation

      These are the things in OBKhSS!
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    The “hero” himself in August 1940 was sentenced by the Military Collegium of the Supreme Court of the USSR to be shot and deprived of all orders and awards that he had appropriated to himself by deceit

    Dog dog death .. How many such heroes are there in the country now?
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    Very interesting article. Of course, people like Golubenko-Purgin are a special kind of character. To live all the time under a stranger’s identity, while actively making useful contacts and appropriate undeserved benefits and rewards. And as a result: lose caution, believing in your genius and stupidly let out a friend, or appropriate what you could not have been assigned. But such people are rare. And reading about their adventures is a pleasure. Like fiction in the adventure adventure genre.
  9. faterdom April 18 2020 13: 04 New
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    Then such a figure was caught.
    And now, the State Duma’s democrat, the next husband of the songwriter Maksakova (also a deputy), had to first flee to Nazi Kiev, it’s unknown who was shot there to pop up that his biography was half-invented, that he became an Afghan warrior at a primary school age, and much more interesting ....
    The manners are the same, but the times are different ...
    Housing problem ruined?
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      I wonder how Zyuganov commented on the surfaced about Voronenko? To say that we did not trust him, but how did he become a deputy? To say that there was a crystal man, and then the demon beguiled?
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  11. vladcub April 18 2020 14: 45 New
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    During the defense of Stalingrad, on his orders, the prisoners dismantled the BAM-Tynda railway line and transferred the rails to the defense of the Volga city: the work was completed as soon as possible (the so-called Volzhskaya Rokada).

    Just do not have to fantasize about his personal "initiative" in giving orders - he just executed Decree No. 2082 of July 20, 1942 "On providing rail transport with rails by replacing heavy types of rails on secondary lines with light and dismantling of inactive lines. "

    Apparently, he brilliantly coped with the task if he was awarded the Order of Lenin
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      Golden Kid ADA

      In the army, I remember, they said: you either complied with the order, or did not follow it, and how you did it - brilliantly or not, the tenth thing.
  12. vladcub April 18 2020 14: 54 New
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    official

    My happiness is that I don’t look high, and I will also become infected with vanity like a coronovirus
  13. Looking for April 18 2020 15: 23 New
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    there are millions of them now !!!
  14. vladcub April 18 2020 15: 57 New
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    I read it with great interest. It is necessary to have an awl in one place in order to climb and climb into heroes.
    What can I say about Purgin: a conceited swindler and a good psychologist.
    A real con man - a born artist, will immediately fail. He accurately took into account the then atmosphere of secrecy and therefore he could periodically "modestly" boast of the order, the time will come and you will find out for what the order is, but for now
    Now this is unlikely, imagine this: in a team where you work and they know you well, you suddenly come with an order. Not a ride to laugh it off.
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    Unfortunately a lot of things remained outside the scope of the article: 1) "masterfully falsify documents" okay, he forged documents, but if he works in a newspaper, should he write something? Although we do not know what functions he performed in the editorial office. If he was there as a censor, then it is understandable why he did not write.
    2) how did the newspaper react that the employee was and disappeared, I’m not interested, but how did you manage to steal documents from the military unit?
    3) what were the consequences for: chief editors and secretaries of party organizations: "Puteyka", "Buzzer"? After all, they messed up ..
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    but could build a channel ...
  17. Astra wild April 18 2020 18: 57 New
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    Colleagues, after reading this article, I came to the conclusion: such as Solzhenitsyn deliberately lied about the Soviet regime, that there is a monster where EVERYONE is following and reporting on to each other, and some of us are well-meaning, but also lying.
    Somewhere in a book or a film I came across the phrase: “we Bolsheviks are used to telling the truth no matter how bitter it is, and this is our strength.” Stalin (?) They like Vladkub know by heart, but for me: Stalin is a notable personality, but that's all Lenin is still a more significant person, and I am not pleased when all the merits here begin to be attributed to Stalin. Without Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, there could be no Stalin. I am convinced of this
  18. bubalik April 18 2020 19: 08 New
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    and on April 21, 1940, Valentin Purgin was awarded the title Hero of the Soviet Union.

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    Over the past 20 years, we love to make films about thieves, bandits, scammers, etc. How they fought, fought with the Soviet government. By advertising this chase and forgetting about real heroes. Such nits should not be remembered, and writing articles all the more!
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    how boring I live ...