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The machine gunner "ALPHA"


On May 1, 2013, an apartment on the third floor of a house on Toporkov Street, was called by officers of the “A” department of the Special Purpose Center of the Federal Security Service of Russia. They brought tragic news to Vyacheslav Nikolaevich and Elena Valeryevna Zinenko: on April 30, their son Vitaly died in the line of duty.


Vitaly is a native of the Kazakhstan city of Arkalyk of Kustanai region. Parents - Vyacheslav Nikolaevich and Elena Valerievna. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the family moved to Russia and settled in the old town of Alexandrov, Vladimir region, located in 111 kilometers from Moscow.

Growing up in a different oriental mentality, Vitalik could not get used to the new realities. As the director of school No. 5 Faina Dmitrievna Bobrova tells, he could say: “Well, these Russians are!” And point out that, in his opinion, was another reason for his bewilderment.

In Group “A” Vitaly served for three and a half years, in the 6-m operational-combat department. Combat missions to the North Caucasus, special events, the last - the detention of merchants of the “white death”.

The machine gunner "ALPHA"

On the first trip, the commander addressed the young employees: “Who will take the machine gun?” Vitaly called, although he understood perfectly well what an additional burden it was. So Zinenko became a machine gunner.

Zinenko distinguished responsiveness and courageous modesty that adorns a real man. His heart was ready to perceive the pain of others. Comrades note the energy of Vitali, the everlasting positive attitude and focus on results. A strong, purposeful man was a good psychologist.

And Zinenko was a deeply religious, church-going man, had a confessor in the Trinity-Sergius Lavra - and it so happened that he died on the eve of Easter, in the days of Passion Week.

“Those who are now twenty-five years old are lucky,” writes Olga Ryzhenkova in the essay “Death on Take-Off” (the newspaper “Uezdniy Gorod”). - At the beginning of the two thousandth, the life of young people in Alexandrov was in full swing, and everyone could find something for everyone. Since childhood, Vitaly worked in the theater "Meeting". He was called "our general" there. Not only because of one of his roles, but also because he always kept his word, and if there were any difficulties, he could organize the guys and find a way out and a solution. Tatyana Evgenievna Ekhmenina, the head of the theater, recalls how he played the foreman Vaskova in the play “And the Dawns Here are Quiet”. It was necessary to see, she tells, how Vitaly, still a boy, could convey the careful, fatherly attitude of his hero to his subordinates, these young girls. And when they perish one after another, how deeply and truly he worried about each of them. Ego is impossible to play. Ego was its essence. He loved people very much. ”

Farewell to Vitali was held in the Ritual Hall of the FSB on the Infantry Street. Then there was a funeral in the church of the holy martyr and healer Panteleimon. Specially from Alexandrov came a large group of Vitaly's friends and those who simply knew him, valued and respected.


From the school essay by Vitaly Zinenko. 10 class.

For me, the concept of happiness has changed and continues to change throughout my short life. When I was little, happiness for me was to get another toy from my parents, plenty to walk in the yard, go to the Park of Culture and Rest. In fact, then I was not interested in anything else. And in all this abundance I did not at all consider myself truly happy, on the contrary, I had new and new demands on my parents. I thought that they simply had to satisfy my desires, regardless of whether they had the money to spend on me.

With age, you begin to understand how wrong you were. After all, I did not realize that happiness does not depend on the number of toys and entertainment. Busy with my “worries”, I forgot about my parents, it seemed to me that everything was fine, that parents were independent people, and they would endure any trials and illnesses. Having parents was not associated with happiness. Communicating with peers, I learned that some have only one of the parents or not at all. And he began to wonder how good it was to have loving parents, brothers and sisters, so long as there was love and mutual understanding in the family so that everyone would be healthy and happy.

Vitali chose his way from school: “If not me, then who?” As well as his attitude to people, which is basically prepared to come to the aid of those who are in dire need.

When a classmate Kristina Dorogobid and her friend got into a serious accident, Vitaly, who happened to be at that moment nearby, provided first aid with a friend.

With parents, Vyacheslav Nikolaevich and Elena Valerievna, and sister Dasha

Vitaly's mother, Elena Valerievna tells: “My profession will be on the letter“ A ”- said the son. He chose between an actor, an architect and an archaeologist. And not just choosing, he tried each of these professions. Still at school, but quite seriously. As an actor, Vitaly grew up in the theater, and could become an architect - he graduated from the Children's Art School in the class of visual arts.

Since childhood, his moral ideal was Alexander Vasilyevich Suvorov. A portrait of the Generalissimo, painted in oil, hangs in Vitaly’s room. And below - his army photos.

“He could be an archaeologist,” writes Olga Ryzhenkova. - Thoroughly engaged in local history, Vitalik participated in scientific work. And there is a lot of evidence. These are certificates for the best scientific reports at local history conferences, and diplomas for participation in quizzes and competitions. And he went twice on the expedition "Under the Prince's Code." These were the first expeditions, when everything was just beginning, and together with schoolchildren and local historians, the most informal workers of the city administration, Ilya Pavlov and Galina Istomina, also carried backpacks along rivers and fields.

As retired midshipman Vasily Ivanovich Pogodaev, who led Sokol, says, Vitaly was not a responsible guy in his age, a man of honor, words and virtues: "Such as Vital, it happens that they die early, but they never leave the ranks."

Although in the case of Vitaliy Zinenko, one cannot say that his life is something gradually developing. His life is like a river, which fed all new and new tributaries. But no one, of course, expected that by twenty-six years she would already flow into another river - the river of eternity ...

The military-patriotic club "Falcon" at the beginning of the two thousandth in Alexandrov was as a gift of fate for the city and active youth. The club organized the already mentioned submariner Vasily Pogodaev. Engaged "falcons" in the then existing district DC. They had their own uniform and well-adjusted form, training schedule; they studied marine and military affairs. And how beautifully and seriously minted a step on the Alexander Parade on Victory Day for their commander - a military officer in uniform and with a dirk! It was a pleasure to watch.

“Acne was our platoon, my right hand. He never, never failed neither me nor the guys, ”notes Vasily Ivanovich.


The desire to be a military as a result has become predominant. Vitaly began to seriously engage in military practice and physical training. Tempering himself, he ran along the shore of Dichkovo Lake.

And Vitaly entered the cadet “Army School” in Kirzhach. For this, he had to go there almost every day and sometimes stay overnight at the guys in the barracks, because the classes ended late in the evening. And in the morning - back to Alexandrov, in his native fifth school.

With comrades from the Golitsyn Frontier Institute of the FSB of Russia

Eleventh grade Zinenko graduated not just well. His name is recorded in the county Book of Honor, edition 2004 of the year. After school, he entered the Golitsyn Frontier Institute of the Federal Security Service of Russia. Junior sergeant, sergeant, senior sergeant. Course Leader First place in the cross-country on five kilometers with a full display and competition for lifting weights weighing twenty-four kilograms. And what is the result - 152 times! And this is with the external "fragility" of Vitaly ...


From the school essay by Vitaly Zinenko. 10 class.

I understood how right those people are who say that if you consider yourself unhappy, think of those who are even worse, and there are a lot of such people.

My attitude to many people has changed dramatically. I am proud of our country, I admire the feats of compatriots. People in the most difficult, hellish conditions with honor and dignity endured any hardships. It becomes clear that you are really happy: you have parents and sister, friends and comrades, you are healthy, there is a roof over your head, clothes and food.

In the future, I will be happy if I have a family, a favorite job, my parents will live to a great age, my dreams and dreams of my sister, my friends, classmates will come true, so that each of them has a happy life. And we must dream, we must set a goal and achieve it!

In Group "A" Zinenko decided to get more in the first year. This was his cherished dream. Preparing himself for the upcoming trials, he practiced charging before charging. To do this, he got up an hour earlier and, together with his friend Alexei, performed an hour jog, from six to seven, and only then they joined the general group of cadets.

It is noteworthy that Vitali never ran in headphones - he believed that you need to hear the noise of the world and ... the singing of birds.

The institute called him "master of sports in sports." He was truly all-rounder. Evidence of this is the award-winning graviton "Sporting Pride of the Institute", signed in 2009, by Major General Vladimir Gorodinsky.

After Golitsyno, having passed a rigorous selection, having passed the necessary standards and psychological tests, Vitaly Zinenko was enlisted in Administration “A” of the Special Purpose Center of the FSB of Russia. He was true to himself: as he said that his profession would be on “A”, it happened. No, not an architect, not an actor, not an archeologist — an anti-terror fighter.

From the job description: “In a difficult situation he was quick to understand himself, acted decisively, showing a reasonable initiative. In the 2012 year, while on a business trip, Vitaly Vyacheslavovich participated in a special operation to capture one of the leaders of the gangs. At one of the sections of the operation, a threat to the life of the unit’s personnel in which Senior Lieutenant Zinenko served was created. Immediately assessing the situation, Vitaly neutralized the threat with decisive actions, thereby allowing him to complete the combat operation successfully and without loss. For bold and courageous actions shown in the performance of combat missions, he was awarded the medal of the Federal Security Service of Russia "For participation in a counter-terrorist operation."

Physically was developed perfectly. Repeatedly participated in competitions in running, skiing, shooting, took prizes in these sports. He had a high performance, bravely endured significant mental and physical stress. A good organizer, was able to rally and mobilize the team. Outwardly, he was neat, tucked up. He enjoyed the deserved respect of his colleagues. "

And this is all in less than twenty-seven years! Others and in the years of physiological maturity can not boast such high scores.


Vitaly met Vika Kosygina in Moscow on Poklonnaya Gora, where he and his comrades went to the feast of May 9. Passing by, I paid attention to two girls in military uniforms of World War II, who handed veterans scarlet carnations. Came, met. Young people exchanged phone numbers.

Here is such a significant date for dating spouses Zinenko - 9-e May! By the way, Vitaliy 20 was born on December, the Day of the security officer.

Vika, Victoria E. Zinenko, graduated from the sociological department of Moscow State University named after MV Lomonosov and studies in graduate school. At the V All-Russian Scientific Conference "Russia 2030 through the Eyes of Young Scientists" she made a presentation on "The role of informal youth associations in the political process of modern Russia."

Vitalia’s beloved sister Dasha, Daria Vyacheslavovna, graduated from the Vladimir Regional College of Music in piano and then worked as a teacher for five years. Currently, she is receiving another education - at the Moscow State University for the Humanities named after M. A. Sholokhov.

... Photo albums save the happy moments of a person’s life. Travel around historical places, performances, friends, graduation, parents, sister Dasha. Here are the wedding photos: registration, wedding. Vitaliy and Victoria arrived in the registry office on horse-drawn carriages. They were a beautiful and happy couple.

“Vitaly Zinenko was buried at the Nikolo-Arkhangelskoye cemetery in Moscow on the Special Forces Alley,” wrote Olga Ryzhenkova. - School No. 5 is requesting that a memorial plaque be installed on the facade of the school where the senior lieutenant studied. There is a proposal to give the name of Vitaly Zinenko to the military-sports game “Zarnitsa”, which takes place in our area.

Vitaliy and Victoria Zinenko arrived at the registry office on a horse-drawn carriage

And I really want to say Vitaly's parents thank you very much for my son. It is you, Vyacheslav Nikolaevich and Elena Valerievna, who raised him a brave, kind, intelligent man, a true patriot of their homeland. It is in the atmosphere of your home that he learned to meet all difficulties with a smile and constant optimism, like Elena Valerievna, and a real man’s wisdom, like Vyacheslav Nikolaevich. A gentle and fragile little sister Dasha, probably, has always been the embodiment of that light and kind that you need to protect with all your might and to the last drop of blood. And like a real man, a real defender of his Homeland, he defended us to the last drop of blood from terrorism and drugs. ”

And only a few months passed, and on September 7 of the year 2013, a memorial plaque made by Afghan soldiers appeared on the facade of School No. 5. Pupils and teachers, representatives of the authorities and the public of the city, war veterans, power structures from various structures and simply caring people gathered on the ground in front of the school.

Called to a different service, Vitaly continues to help his school - now with his name, behind which stands the entire Group "A". City Alexandrov. September 2013 of the year

Sergei Rybakov is the chairman of the Alexander public organization of veterans of the war in Afghanistan and other military conflicts. Many thanks to him for the fact that the memorial plaque was made qualitatively and carefully installed by the forces of the “Afghans” themselves.

And right there, in the school park, employees of the “A” department planted a fir tree - in memory of their comrade-in-arms.

Called to a different service, Vitaly continues to help his own school - now with his name, behind which stands the entire legendary Group "A". Time will pass, and the “School over the Lake” will surely become personalized, and in this capacity will acquire a new life - as has already happened once, in the 1975 year, when the current building was built, modest and close by today's standards.

The book of the Hero of the Soviet Union Gennady Nikolaevich Zaitsev “Alpha is My Destiny”, signed by the author Vitaly, is kept with Vitaly's relatives. And now in the sixth edition, which will be released next year for the KGB-FSB 40 anniversary of Group A, among the biographies of its dead employees will be a brief essay on senior lieutenant Vitaly Zinenko.

Love and light you carried to people
Served the Fatherland right!
Words of Suvorov ascended
Like the banner of your life!

Great SON,
Lovely husband,
He knew how to be friends with everyone!
You set an example of love for the profession and faith!

The editors of the newspaper “Special Forces of Russia” express their sincere gratitude to the family of Vitaly Zinenko, the director and teachers of the school number 5 of the city of Alexandrov for their help in preparing the essay.
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  1. Lech from our city
    Lech from our city 12 October 2013 08: 06
    What happened to that guy how he died?
    1. Zhenya
      Zhenya 12 October 2013 08: 30
      Most likely somewhere in the Caucasus.
      Everlasting memory.
    2. vpimen2010
      vpimen2010 12 October 2013 12: 06
      Kingdom of heaven to the hero. Glory to the soldiers of Russia!
    3. Rusich51
      Rusich51 12 October 2013 15: 02
      It is on such ordinary boys that Russia stands. There are probably no such words to express the pain of losing parents. Glory to the sons of Russia.
    4. starshina78
      starshina78 12 October 2013 20: 32
      How commandos die - it's a secret! We wish this guy a kingdom of heaven!
    5. Generalissimus
      Generalissimus 14 October 2013 00: 50
      What happened to that guy how he died?


      In Group A, Vitaly served three and a half years, in the 6 m operational and combat department. Combat missions to the North Caucasus, special events, the latter is the detention of merchants with the "white death."
    6. Sambo russia
      Sambo russia 18 February 2014 17: 13
      Group A, we will never know under what conditions he died!
  2. borisjdin1957
    borisjdin1957 12 October 2013 08: 56
    from the Don.
    Kingdom of heaven to the hero and bow to parents !!!
  3. bask
    bask 12 October 2013 09: 07
    Yes, sorry. These guys are dying.
    By destroying animals, they save thousands of our lives.
    I wish the special forces officers did not die, but destroyed the militants from a safe distance.
  4. aszzz888
    aszzz888 12 October 2013 09: 26
    Real men die, and every sr. Until they crush.
    Eternal Peace to you, Hero!
  5. DesToeR
    DesToeR 12 October 2013 09: 26
    thanks to Russia for having such sons
  6. zinander
    zinander 12 October 2013 09: 38
    To live and live. The best always leave ... Eternal Memory ...
    1. Misantrop
      Misantrop 13 October 2013 21: 40
      Quote: Iskander
      The best always leave ... Eternal Memory ...

      Those who have served their time leave early ... That is why it has long been noticed that the BEST leave early ...
      And the machine gunner in the group is more than just a fighter. If only because he DOES NOT GO in the group on the task. He goes SEPARATELY, aside. AND himself determines the mode of movement. His task in the case when the group was ambushed: to remain on their feet and cover it with fire, while the rest take up places for defense. While there are cartridges in the store. Then he goes to reload, and he is covered by a group that has time to take positions while he covers them. Serious occupation for serious people.

      For a long time I know a guy who for many years went as a machine gunner in a group of SN Airborne Forces. Nicknamed "Singer". Leaving for a combat mission, he almost did not take food. Machine-gun belts and cartridges in bulk. And did not recognize the PKK, wore a PC with a tape. There is still a difference, 45 rounds of 5,45 caliber or 100 (or 230) rounds of 7,62 caliber ... wink NEVER and NOBODY of those with whom he walked complained about the lack of fire support from the machine gunner (hence the nickname ...) For many years, the guy, and the eternal memory of his colleague in hard military work ...
  7. dmit-xnumx
    dmit-xnumx 12 October 2013 10: 19
    Thanks to the parents who raised such a person! May the land be rest in peace to you, Hero!
  8. bracket
    bracket 12 October 2013 10: 56
    Warrior, a true soldier of the Empire ...
  9. Prapor Afonya
    Prapor Afonya 12 October 2013 11: 12
    Quote: aszzz888
    Real men die, and every sr. Until they crush.
    Eternal Peace to you, Hero!

    Everyone, not only lives, but also prevents others from living, as it is not fair, in the global sense.
  10. egor 1712
    egor 1712 12 October 2013 11: 48
    Earth let him rest in peace. Eternal memory to the heroes of the victims defending their homeland!
  11. egor 1712
    egor 1712 12 October 2013 11: 51
    It seems to me that the guys, colleagues, must avenge the death of a comrade in arms. Find and "punish" ....
    1. Misantrop
      Misantrop 13 October 2013 21: 42
      Quote: egor 1712
      Find and "punish" ....
      They will find and punish, without quotes. Otherwise, they will not understand their own ... request
  12. Pimply
    Pimply 12 October 2013 13: 57
    Blessed memory
    1. AVV
      AVV 13 October 2013 21: 00
      He was a good guy, and died with dignity, defending the borders of the Fatherland! Eternal memory to the hero!
  13. 31231
    31231 12 October 2013 14: 01
    Rest in peace.
  14. kush62
    kush62 12 October 2013 14: 47
    Eternal memory to the fellow countryman !!!
  15. Ka3ak
    Ka3ak 12 October 2013 15: 17
    God rest the soul of the deceased slave of your warrior Vitali in your kingdom. He laid his life for his own.

    What a Man! Lump in the throat. If we have such guys - Russia is alive.
  16. Ruslan_F38
    Ruslan_F38 12 October 2013 15: 42
    So he and people like him are the real elite of this country. And not booths, Pugachevs, officials, glamorous trash, oligarchs.
    1. aleshka
      aleshka 12 October 2013 17: 15
      Nothing to say !!! SORRY! SORRY to tears that these guys are leaving. ETERNAL MEMORY OF A WARRIOR !!!
  17. JIaIIoTb
    JIaIIoTb 12 October 2013 17: 15
    While in our country there are such people, we have nothing to fear.
  18. Black
    Black 12 October 2013 19: 45
    ... we did not have time to look back,
    and the sons go into battle ....

    Good memory to the officer.
  19. Rico1977
    Rico1977 12 October 2013 19: 45
    Children at least stayed ... to continue the genus of the hero ...
  20. George
    George 12 October 2013 19: 57
    I join in condolences.
    Everlasting memory .
  21. faraon
    faraon 12 October 2013 21: 26
    Eternal memory to the hero who fell for the inviolability of the borders of Russia.
  22. Nick
    Nick 12 October 2013 21: 41
    Glory to the Heroes of Russia! And the eternal memory of the fallen! Sleep calmly fellow countryman. Kingdom of heaven to you!
  23. datur
    datur 12 October 2013 22: 09
  24. datur
    datur 12 October 2013 22: 09
  25. ildar335
    ildar335 12 October 2013 22: 46
    Russia is alive while SUCH HEROES are behind it !!!
  26. Current 72
    Current 72 12 October 2013 23: 17
    It’s not fair in life. The best perish, and guano thrives and still commands. Let the earth rest in peace !!!
    1. mihasik
      mihasik 13 October 2013 00: 00
      No one will say how he died if the operation is secret. And the fact that more than heroes, we ourselves are to blame. Sorry for the kid, the memory for many years .....
  27. Technologist
    Technologist 13 October 2013 07: 11
    There are more people ...
  28. Ols76
    Ols76 13 October 2013 07: 14
    Everlasting memory!
  29. understudy
    understudy 13 October 2013 14: 29
    Everlasting memory!
    It's a shame when real men die ...
  30. michajlo
    michajlo 13 October 2013 20: 12
    Hello everyone!

    The article is very good, necessary and full of the kind fatherly attitude of the author (Pavel Evdokimov, "Spetsnaz") to "the hero of Russia who fell in battle with her enemies", defending his Motherland and brothers in arms!

    To all his family and friends, sincere condolences for the premature departure from the life of a young man, husband, son and brother, before whom there was so much more that he did not have time ...

    I am glad about the attitude of the Afghans who made the "Memorial plaque", many thanks to them!

    And each of our kind words in his memory, words of support to his relatives, Vitaly himself hears up there in heaven, and his soul rejoices, because while others remember him, HE IS ALIVE in their memory and in heaven.

    And some kind of word “bad and bad” will not reach the SKY.

    Yes, the singer also said the singer:
    "And death chooses from the best
    And pulls one at a time ... "
    (V.S. Vysotsky).
  31. Alex Bugur
    Alex Bugur 13 October 2013 20: 53
    My fellow countryman, from the Kustanayshchina ...
  32. Wii
    Wii 14 October 2013 07: 43
    Quote: Misantrop
    Quote: egor 1712
    Find and "punish" ....
    They will find and punish, without quotes. Otherwise, they will not understand their own ... request

    . And who avenged BUDANOVA !? But he saved many lives that are now alive .. And the guy is a hell of a pity, of course.
  33. vladeinord
    vladeinord 14 October 2013 11: 31
    Hero boy. hero!!! What kind of s.ka minus set?
  34. dropout
    dropout 14 October 2013 11: 44
    This is what kind of blll .. article put a minus!
  35. Uranium_bullet
    Uranium_bullet 14 October 2013 13: 12
    Glory to the brave Russian wars! Glory to the hero! And his eternal memory ...
  36. ekzorsist
    ekzorsist 14 October 2013 18: 14
    Quote: dropout
    This is what kind of blll .. article put a minus!

    Well, always someone rednecks or ... ???
    The article is really good, but the guy is sorry for the young one yet.
    Land him rest in peace.
  37. BALTIC
    BALTIC 14 October 2013 19: 38
    Eternal memory to the guy who left so early, low bow to Parents !!!! Former military tourist.
  38. limmor
    limmor 14 October 2013 23: 10
    Everlasting memory. And to live fighters fighting the Enemies, guys take care of yourself !!!!
  39. Brave
    Brave 14 October 2013 23: 42
    Everlasting memory! really lump in my throat ... sorry, what a pity ...
  40. pumavlad
    pumavlad 15 October 2013 01: 10
    I read DON’T believe HANDS started to shake
    ulcer per gram
    BOW TO PARENTS !!!!!!!!!
    for kid !!!! I wrote so boy
    just so many HEROES OF HEROES
    of emotion
  41. pumavlad
    pumavlad 15 October 2013 01: 18
    Izv. wrote by BOYS
  42. gladiatorakz
    gladiatorakz 15 October 2013 11: 38
    Glory to the Hero. Eternal memory and a model for youth! Rest in peace.
  43. ATATA
    ATATA 15 October 2013 21: 44
    "We all, once in our life, lost something, and thought that this would not happen again, but time passes, and God gives Hope." (C)
    Eternal memory, land rest in peace.
  44. yan
    yan 16 October 2013 10: 43
    Eternal memory, kingdom of heaven. Glory to the heroes!
  45. nik_alt
    nik_alt 16 October 2013 20: 39
    Oh! Thank you for the article! Strong.
    I recalled how the army had two exercises with ext. to run loads in the form of a radio station. Then they did not ask me: “Who will take the machine gun?” :)
  46. PSih2097
    PSih2097 17 October 2013 00: 30
    The kingdom of heaven, eternal memory, but if you look closely, it’s properovskim cartoons on it, is it really possible for our state to make a lump at least for specialists ???
  47. Andrew 447
    Andrew 447 17 October 2013 10: 08
    ETERNAL MEMORY! How difficult it is to put up with the fact that such guys leave life so early. One hope is that the RUSSIAN land will never be impoverished by people like Vitaly.
  48. Snipe 74
    Snipe 74 17 October 2013 17: 39
    The kingdom of heaven and the eternal memory of the Soldier. God grant to each of us not to shiver at the moment when the Motherland asks
  49. MIX58
    MIX58 17 October 2013 19: 36
    Glory to the Russian Officer and to all THIS KIND !!!!!!!!!!!
    Death to a freak in whom a chubby little fish dared minus an article to put !!!!!!!!!!
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