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Twice a Survivor, or Against Death


He is not the only one

among the aces of the highest order.
And yet Alexander Rutskoi
remember especially.
We sit in the car with him
hurry to detour to the parking lot
what would our dust not hurt
flying Tanks.
Ascended the long wing
stepped into the cabin:
- Sorry, you were unlucky -
on one car!
Victor Verstakov

Alexander Vladimirovich Rutskoi was born on September 16 1947 in the city of Proskurov, Ukrainian SSR (now Khmelnitsky) in a family with military traditions: his grandfather, Alexander Rutskoi, served in the railway troops, his father, Vladimir Alexandrovich Rutskoi (1926-1991), was a tanker, fought on front and went to Berlin, was awarded six orders. His mother, Zinaida Iosifovna, worked in the service sector.

Today, the majority remembers A. Rutsky as an unsuccessful politician who entered the Kremlin on the red carpet, and who came out in handcuffs. But it was in stories his life is one event compared to which Hollywood action movies look like tales.

Twice a Survivor, or Against Death

In early 1986, fierce battles broke out between the mujahideen and government forces in almost all provinces of Afghanistan. To suppress pockets of resistance and provide reliable cover for government troops, the command of the Soviet limited contingent of troops in Afghanistan decided to use an assault Aviation. At that time, the first regiment of attack aircraft (378th), armed with the new Su-25 attack aircraft, which, in fact, underwent military tests there, had already arrived in Afghanistan. This regiment was commanded by Alexander Rutskoi. During his stay in Afghanistan (1986 and 1988), he flew 456 sorties, of which 125 at night.

It seemed that the appearance in the Afghan sky of a well-defended, maneuverable and well-armed aircraft would significantly reduce the losses of the Soviet troops. However, in the same 1986, the Afghan Mujahideen massively appear man-portable air defense systems (MANPADS), capable of fighting with the Soviet aircraft. It was one of these complexes that A. Rutskaya was shot down for the first time. This happened on April 6 1986, during the 360-th combat departure. Su-25 Rutskoi was shot down from the ground by the American Redeye MANPADS near Khost near the village of Jawar near the Pakistani border.

By that time, Jawara was one of the main points of resistance. It was safely protected from air attacks by anti-aircraft points that did not allow the helicopters to land. The operation was under threat. It was to identify and further destroy these firing points and it was decided to use the Su-25 attack aircraft. In essence, A. Rutskii’s link should have caused fire on himself in order to reveal the hated machine-gun nests.

“To cause fire on yourself” is to fly at a minimum height. You start to shoot from everything that shoots. Being in a cold-blooded situation is very difficult. In addition, you need to believe in your armored plane, in that it will not let you down. “Therefore, you walk at extremely low altitude,” A. Rutskoi recalled, “and you hear how they hit the cabin with a sledge hammer and hammer — these are bullets.” Projectiles and machine gun bullets flew from everywhere. Suddenly from the ground to the plane Rutsky stretched white trail. After a moment, the blow and Rutsky's plane engulfed the flames. This was the first MANPADS missile. “The first rocket,” continues A. Rutskoy, “hit the right engine, it caught fire. The second rocket again falls into the burning engine. I was just at the turn, performed a maneuver in the direction of our troops. After hitting the second rocket refuses to control the aircraft, the plane begins to tumble in chaotic directions. It so happened that I catapulted almost head to the ground at a height of meters 50-60 ... Well, of course, the whole was broken. After a hard blow to the ground, the pain engulfed the whole body - the spine was damaged. A thought flashed through my head: “The main thing is that he was alive”. But that was not the end of it. The pilot fell into a neutral zone, between the units of the dushmans and the Afghan army, at the center of a tough battle. Dushmans with powerful fire did not allow the Afghan and Soviet soldiers to approach the pilot, trying to capture him as a prisoner (for the captive pilot, the Mujahideen received up to 1 million dollars). “I am in the neutral zone - on the right there is a fortified base of Jawara with well-trained and armed mojaheds, on the other hand Afghans. And here is someone who, because everyone rushed to me. I was lucky that the Afghans came to me first. The commander of the Afghan battalion covered me with his whole body, because a new powerful shelling began. I got two wounds - one in the leg, the second in the back ".

According to doctors, Rutskoi survived by a miracle. After treatment at the hospital, he was suspended from flying and was assigned to Lipetsk to the post of deputy chief of the Combat Training Center of the Air Forces of the USSR. After training under the cosmonaut program at the Seventh Institute of Space Medicine, he returns to service.

In April, Mr. A. Rutskoi, 1988, was appointed Deputy Commander of the Air Force of the 40 Army and again sent to Afghanistan. As for the first time, despite the high position, he continued to fly regularly. In April-August, 97 made sorties, of which 48 was out at night.

A. Rutskoi in Afghanistan, 1988. Frame from documentary

In one of the first sorties, A. Rutskoi’s machine was severely damaged by anti-aircraft fire, but he was able to bring the plane to the base and land it. After a brief repair, Rutsky’s aircraft during a combat mission in the border strip over Pakistani territory was hit by two AIM-9L missiles launched from F-16A fighter jets. But in this case he managed to save the car and return to the airfield. The second time Rutskoi was shot down 4 August.

4 August 1988, an area near the Pakistani border. Departing for the mission to destroy the ammunition depots of the Afghan Mujahideen, Colonel Rutskoi did not think that he would be shot down by a Pakistani Air Force fighter. I did not know then that one of his colleagues had betrayed him, providing the Pakistani side with information that it was Rutskoi who would fly to that area. Later, the traitor received political asylum in the United States. After the ejection, Alexander Vladimirovich found himself in enemy territory.

After five days, having passed about 30 km, the pilot was surrounded by Gulbidin Hekmatyar's souls and was captured. He was beaten, beaten so that it seemed there would be no end to it, and the picture the next day seemed like a complete nightmare. One morning, according to A. Rutsky, when he opened his eyes, he saw that he was hanging on a rack. Under his feet the blood of the lamb cooked for the evening prayer flowed. Whose blood will drain here the next morning, he had no doubt. “The first thought,” recalls A. Rutskoi, “that came into my head: well, everything came. So I hung up the next morning. And in the morning Pakistani helicopters arrived, spetsnaz men jumped out of them, all tall and steep ... It almost came to an exchange of fire between them and dushmans ... But I was taken away, loaded into a helicopter, and - into Pakistan ”. According to others, the gang received three million US dollars for the Soviet pilot. In Pakistan, Rutskoi was waiting for first aid, a prison, a piece of bread, and a mug of water. Ahead was the unknown and undying hope for their help. But the search for the downed pilot was conducted in neighboring Afghanistan, so they did not have success. They hooked up the KGB, and that - their agents in Pakistan. But the pilot sank into the earth. Pakistan’s president Zia-ul-Haq did not respond to the diplomatic requests of the Soviet side, although he was in the know from the very beginning. As if on cue, all news agencies were silent too. Such secrecy was specially organized by the CIA, which had its own interest in the downed pilot. It was the CIA that insisted the Pakistani special services at any cost to snatch the Soviet pilot from the hands of the Mujahideen. “They still figured out who I was. At first I said that I was Major Ivanov, and so on. Well, the general scheme. But when they transferred to the reconnaissance center, the processing went in full ... The task that they set? Here is a map of Afghanistan. Put on her the order of withdrawal of Soviet troops, where we leave warehouses for the Afghan army, in a word, to reveal the entire operation for the withdrawal of Soviet troops ... These were specially trained people who had some experience in recruiting, CIA intelligence officers, this was clearly visible. ”. And it was true. Engaged A. Rutsky Milt Birdon, cadre intelligence officer, resident of the CIA in Pakistan.

Right Milt Birdon. A frame from the television interview of A. Rutsky to the channel "REN TV"

For information Rutsky was offered a new passport and a large amount of money as a reward. Conversations were conducted correctly at the first stage, then threats came, then again correct conversations. That is, the processing was carried out according to the “evil and good investigator” scheme. Threats alternated with offers to get a new passport, for example, a Canadian citizen, and a comfortable life in any country of the world. In essence, they offered to commit treason to the Motherland. “To go on treason ... Although at some point somewhere in the subconscious it was that they would be dismissed from the army right now, there could be no question of any flight work. Send somewhere in tmutarakan ... It was like that. It was. We know our history, we know what happened to those who were captured. On the other hand, there was a desire to leave. ”. Milt Birdon called Rutsky the most important prisoner of war in Afghanistan. Therefore, he increased the security, often changed his place of detention. According to A. Rutskoi, he was transported by helicopter blindfolded. “How to transport a prisoner. Black cap on the head, hands back, handcuffs. And go ahead. First sent to Peshawar, then to Islamabad ... And what can be seen, eyes are blindfolded. Remove the cap - a new place, new people. And again, everything starts anew: lay out the map, ask questions, and it started ... Ask to name the tactical and technical data of the Su-25 aircraft. The Su-25 aircraft was very interesting for them ... I was a fool, I tried to get at least some information about me to my friends, what happened to me, where I am. ”. And this information finally reached the Soviet intelligence services.

Alexander Rutskoi is still sure that one of his guards handed her over. With some effort, Moscow was able to negotiate the exchange of Rutskoi for one of the CIA agents. According to others, it was a citizen of Pakistan, who was accused of espionage against the USSR. The exchange took place on 16 August 1988 in the Soviet embassy in Islamabad. “I and the representatives of the Pakistani and American sides on the one hand, the intelligence officer and the Soviet representatives on the other. I go to my, he goes to his. That's all, ”recalls A. Rutskoi.

Unfortunately, that was not all. Rutskoi still needed to be taken out of Pakistan. And take out secretly, in order to keep the exchange contract clause, all its details. Also, this could not please the leaders of the Mujahideen. Therefore, the employees of the Soviet embassy in Islamabad quickly bought clothes and prepared fake documents. At night, the disguised Alexander Rutsky was taken to the airfield. “I flew from there incognito. At the embassy, ​​everyone prepared, determined when we would fly to Asadabad (the territory of Afghanistan), which documents would be therewith. There was no passport, only a certificate of permission to cross the border. ”. With this testimony, Alexander Rutskoi flew to the Union.

This is the version of Rutskoi himself.

The document at the border. A frame from the television interview of A. Rutsky to Ren TV channel.

Journalist Andrei Karaulov in his book "Russian Sun" described a different version.

Upon learning of Rutsky being captured, Colonel-General B. Gromov, who commanded the Soviet contingent of troops in Afghanistan, immediately contacted D. Yazov, the USSR Minister of Defense, and E. Shevardnadze, who served as Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Soviet Union. According to Karaulov, the Soviet Union’s ambassador to Pakistan, Yakunin, and Bely’s military attache handed over to Hekmatyar’s surrender. He received military equipment, about a million dollars in cash and (at his personal request) a new black Volga. According to Pakistani legislation, Rutsky was threatened with 15 years of mines for flying in a combat armed aircraft in the airspace of non-belligerent Pakistan. Gromov had a good attitude towards Rutskoi, but here the case was smacked by an international scandal, especially since the violation was made not by a simple pilot, but by the deputy commander of the air army. “Before Gorbachev everything was presented as follows. Saving his attack aircraft, the Colonel Rutskoi, attacked by the Mujahideen, accomplished the feat and is worthy of the Hero's star, but turned out to be a captive like Karbyshev..

Asia Tulekova from Kazakhstan, who was taken for a special operation to free the famous pilot, told her version of the release of Alexander Rutsky for two reasons: first, she could be a translator, and second, she was Muslim. It is the second factor, as GRU officers believed, that was to play a decisive role in negotiations with the Mujahideen.

Asia was sent to Afghanistan as a bacteriologist. Apart from the fact that she monitored all sources of water, checked the wells for the presence of poisons and provided medical assistance to the local population, Asia watched whether our soldiers and officers were taking narcotic drugs.

“When I saw our famous Sasha Rutsky being captured by dushmans,” recalls Asia Tulekova, “I thought: here it is - the most terrible sight that I have ever seen. Alexander always attracted women's views, was an unusually beautiful man, about the heroism of the commander of the regiment "rooks" were real legends. But even his mother, probably, could not recognize Sasha at that moment. The pride of the Soviet army and the object of the fierce hatred of the Mujahideen lay before us almost naked and completely gray. His entire body was covered with bruises, abrasions and bruises. Alexandra was tortured by applying red-hot iron stars to her skin. He was unconscious. ”.

“I was assigned the duties of an interpreter. But what the spooks told me personally, I was ashamed to translate our officers. These scum who tortured a person insulted me with obscene words, while they themselves calmly swallowed pilaf and shish kebab and drank soft drinks. An officer died before them: let him be an enemy, but there must be compassion even for opponents! I told them about this, adding that true Muslims never do this. Then an angry soldier hit me with a rifle butt. Probably thought that I would cry, scared. But I had not a drop of fear, only contempt and hatred. If you consider yourself a gallant warrior, you have no right to mock and sneer at someone tied to a tree with ropes ... We negotiated for three days, I still do not know how much Alexander's head appreciated the dushmans (then secrecy was observed in everything). But we still saved him and were able to take him from captivity. Doctors ascertained his complete amnesia, he absolutely did not remember anything. ".

Four months after the liberation, December 8 1988, by the decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR A.V. Rutskoi was awarded the title Hero of the Soviet Union, with the award of the Order of Lenin and the Gold Star medal (No. 11589).

Six months after the liberation, the Soviet-Afghan war ended. The war, which became both terrible and bright page in the biography of Alexander Vladimirovich.

Another time A. Rutskoi came to Pakistan in 1991 year. From 17 to 22 December, Rutskoi visited Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran, where he negotiated the extradition of Soviet prisoners of war. After the meeting with Rutsky, the Pakistani authorities handed over to Moscow a list of 54 prisoners of war held by the Mujahideen. 14 of them were still alive at that time. But in general, unfortunately, Rutsky’s attempt did not bring much success.

M. Feschuk Against Death // Proskurov Newspaper. May 2010
Karelin A.P. Air Workers Wars //
TV interview A. Rutskogo channel REN TV, 2008,
Who rescued Rutskoi from captivity? // Express K, 8 September 2015
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  1. yuriy55
    yuriy55 31 October 2015 06: 58
    Alexander Rutskoi is the first and last vice-president of the Russian Federation, who looked a cut above the President of EBN. It's a pity, but often it is politics that ruins the lives and careers of sensible and decent people ...
    1. Pilat2009
      Pilat2009 31 October 2015 11: 49
      Quote: yuriy55
      who looked a cut above the President of EBN

      The trouble is that at that time the people sacredly believed in Yeltsin, almost like Putin’s now. What can I do, the mentality is
      1. ankir13
        ankir13 31 October 2015 20: 02
        I hated Yeltsin at first sight. Then I was 16 years old. Instinctively, like that, unconsciously, the hair on the scruff of his neck stands on end, like a cat had at the sight of it. Gorbachev before that caused some kind of dull longing, vague.
      2. Nat1961
        Nat1961 1 November 2015 03: 18
        You say, people believed Yeltsin !? I never believed in this alcoholic who dishonored a great power at every turn!
        1. Walking
          Walking 1 November 2015 07: 28
          I remember how this alcoholic conducted the orchestra in Germany, I never felt such shame anymore.
  2. parusnik
    parusnik 31 October 2015 07: 25
    Passed, fire, water .. but copper pipes (power, politics) .. did not succumb to him ... unfortunately ..
  3. kingoff
    kingoff 31 October 2015 07: 32
    As a military man he’s good, but he’s not a politician. Thanks to Yeltsin’s PR, he became a vicer, an IMHO a casual person in politics.
    1. bubla5
      bubla5 31 October 2015 09: 40
      Well, yes, Yeltsin is good
  4. Andrey Yuryevich
    Andrey Yuryevich 31 October 2015 08: 13
    the attitude towards Rutskoi is complicated ... I remember how he called on the air to bomb Moscow. shouted over the radio: "raise the combat vehicles" !!! however, fortunately, no one listened ...
    1. Penetrator
      Penetrator 31 October 2015 09: 34
      Quote: Andrey Yurievich
      however, fortunately, no one listened ...

      As subsequent events showed, it would be better to listen. It is hardly possible to imagine anything worse than the subsequent fate of the country after the Yeltsin anti-constitutional coup and execution of the Parliament.
      1. Andrey Yuryevich
        Andrey Yuryevich 31 October 2015 16: 04
        Quote: Penetrator

        As subsequent events showed, it would be better to listen

        Oh well... foolwould a civil war be better? Put your brains in order ...
        1. goblin xnumx
          goblin xnumx 31 October 2015 21: 46
          where did you get the civil issue? -moscow might have been a riot for a couple of days- and in the outback- you would have watched the news on telly and at work in the morning- fuss in Moscow- too much honor to call a war
        ALEA IACTA EST 31 October 2015 20: 27
        It was not worth the overthrow of Yeltsin’s war between Russians and Russians ...
        1. afdjhbn67
          afdjhbn67 1 November 2015 03: 44
          Quote: ALEA IACTA EST
          It was not worth the overthrow of Yeltsin’s war between Russians and Russians ...

          Well, of course not "cost" after that he killed 10-15 millions .. alcoholism. depression. the growth of drug addiction, yes if his ghoul sins list the Klava jammed .. the Russian Orthodox Church, if it were anathematized, would receive millions of parishioners .. someone else carried me .. just when the conversation about EBN. then the bar goes down and my eyes turn red ..
    2. orphan 63
      orphan 63 31 October 2015 10: 02

      Radio Talks October 1993

      complex attitude to Rutsky
      More than hi
      October 3, Rutskoi from the balcony of the White House urged to go on the assault on Moscow City Hall (the former CMEA building) and the Ostankino television center ...........
      On October 4, during a storming of the White House, Rutskoi shouted live on Ekho Moskvy radio station: “If the pilots hear me, pick up fighting vehicles!” This gang has settled in the Kremlin and in the Ministry of the Interior, and from there it leads the administration ”...........
      1. orphan 63
        orphan 63 31 October 2015 10: 21
        With difficulty, but found ... Watch from 7 minutes

    3. Aleksander
      Aleksander 1 November 2015 12: 33
      Quote: Andrew Y.
      the attitude towards Rutskoi is complicated ... I remember how he called on the air to bomb Moscow. shouted over the radio: "raise the combat vehicles" !!! however, fortunately, no one listened ...

      That is, the shooting of the Supreme Council from tanks is like a civil war and not so scary as bombing the head of the anti-coup and his gang in the Ministry of Internal Affairs?
      Incidentally, it’s officially and legally Rutskoi was then President and Supreme Commander
      - in full accordance with then applicable Russian law. Based on the decision of the Constitutional Court on unconstitutionality decree xnumx the supreme council was must remove EBNogo from power for attempting a coup, which he did. Rutskoi was appointed acting The President. The army did not comply with the order of the Commander-in-Chief, in fact, having sided with the putschists. Then she received for it in full from the coup ....
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  5. bubla5
    bubla5 31 October 2015 09: 38
    The military threw and betrayed him, supporting the drunk, in uniform
  6. aszzz888
    aszzz888 31 October 2015 09: 46
    Even if he had not become a politician, he deserves the highest award. soldier
  7. barbiturate
    barbiturate 31 October 2015 10: 18
    He fought well, a normal man and deserves respect as a soldier of his homeland. If we talk about his political activities, then he was also right in many respects. He opposed the Yeltsin’s reforms and his znoboty, here is a quote from the wiki, the links are all there:

    “In early December, during his trip to Barnaul, Rutskoi, speaking to the local community, sharply criticized the Gaidar“ shock therapy ”program, noting that the planned conversion was“ the destruction of the achievements of advanced scientific and technical thought and the destruction of Russian industry ”and that price liberalization can not be carried out under a monopoly, as this will lead to disaster. He noted the lack of practical specialists in the Yeltsin government and an excess of economists. Then he called Gaidar’s cabinet “boys in pink pants.” Subsequently, this phrase became winged.

    So what, he was wrong? Yes, a hundred times right. Now 5% have everything, and 95% have a salary of 20 thousand rubles. Here in Omsk (the 7th city by the largest population in Russia), and for 15 thousand people work in large numbers. That’s the result of Yeltsin’s reforms, and Putin there, doesn’t fix anything. Moscow alone eats three throats and all the zamkadyshes hate it for this, if everything is returned and added to my age, at that time I would have stood next to Rutsky and had a machine gun in my hands to put down a machine gun for democrats. yes
    1. Pushkar
      Pushkar 31 October 2015 12: 44
      Quote: barbiturate
      Here, in Omsk (the 7th city by the largest population in Russia) ... would stand next to Rutsky and would have a machine gun in his hands, to plant a democrat. yes
      How are the words "in Omsk" combined with the American flag on the badge? Wow, how do you want a civil war in Russia?
      1. barbiturate
        barbiturate 31 October 2015 13: 54
        I don’t know about the flag, I have never been to the United States) But what about the civil war here? Yeltsin was shot by the parliament from cannons and what, did the civil war begin? A great impoverishment of the people and a lot of wars began, the people fled from Russia anywhere. So if Rutskoy Yeltsin and his Gaidars were put to the wall, would it start worse? And much worse? Moreover, now people REALLY understand what he said about Yeltsin and the democrats of Rutskoi - the TRUTH. I’m not a fan of some sort of Rutsky, it was just under Yeltsin that a feast of theft and theft of everything and everything began, and he began to thump like an animal, maybe it was worth trying Rutsky in power or there’s someone else, but not Boriska
        1. Pushkar
          Pushkar 1 November 2015 12: 52
          Quote: barbiturate
          I don’t know about the flag, I have never been to the United States) But what about the civil war here? Yeltsin was shot by the parliament from cannons and what, did the civil war begin? A great impoverishment of the people and a lot of wars began, the people fled from Russia anywhere. So if Rutskoy Yeltsin and his Gaidars were put to the wall, would it start worse? And much worse? Moreover, now people REALLY understand what he said about Yeltsin and the democrats of Rutskoi - the TRUTH. I’m not a fan of some sort of Rutsky, it was just under Yeltsin that a feast of theft and theft of everything and everything began, and he began to thump like an animal, maybe it was worth trying Rutsky in power or there’s someone else, but not Boriska
          So where did you get the American flag? About the fact that people from Russia ran anywhere - for the first time I hear. As for the civil war, so read Rutsky himself, some calls to bomb the Kremlin are worth it. The authorities have already tried Rutskoi - in 1996-2000 the governor of the Kursk region. It ended in financial scandals and abuse of power.
  8. UrraletZ
    UrraletZ 31 October 2015 10: 56
    Together with accomplice Khasbulatov, one of the grave diggers of the USSR.
  9. Pushkar
    Pushkar 31 October 2015 12: 40
    Three times surrendered twice hero.
  10. Vadim2013
    Vadim2013 31 October 2015 13: 33
    Yes, the situation was dangerous for Russia on 3-4 on October 1993. Massively, citizens gathered at the White House and the Moscow City Council. B.N. Yeltsin certainly made a coup d'etat in September-October 1993, but, unfortunately, the people believed and supported him in September-October 1993. Political parties at that time were small and weak, and the Communist Party was decomposed. The Russian parliament, under the leadership of Rutsky and Khasbulatov, was doomed to defeat.
    1. yuriy55
      yuriy55 31 October 2015 16: 31
      There was no greater danger for Russia than an ambitious drunkard, first on a tank, then at the head of the country. This is not about that. As a citizen living at that time, I dare to note that the faces of some figures in the fall of 1993, as before, were drawn with such clarity that after that attributing to them some decency would be nonsense or nonsense ...

      PS Supplement on the topic to the answer for "gunman":
      Three times surrendered twice hero.

      Speaking of Heroes of the Soviet Union. In Soviet times, this title was not given by mistake and in advance.
      If you consider yourself a valiant warrior, then you have no right to scoff and mock at someone who is tied to a tree with ropes ...

      Let us strive for valor without judging for the eyes, for it is not known how another person would act in such a situation or you yourself ... soldier
      1. Pushkar
        Pushkar 31 October 2015 23: 03
        Quote: yuriy55
        There was no greater danger for Russia than an ambitious drunkard, first on a tank, then at the head of the country.
        In fact, did he not give up? After the last surrender - did you serve as the "ambitious drunkard" as governor? And please do not absolutize the titles received in the 80s. I had a chance to serve at this time in the part of the central subordination. Remembering is sad.
  11. Colonel
    Colonel 31 October 2015 14: 11
    Journalist Andrei Karaulov in his book "Russian Sun" described a different version.

    Believe Karaulov, do not respect yourself.
  12. Reptiloid
    Reptiloid 31 October 2015 15: 52
    Unfortunately --- something else is seen at a distance.
    Thanks for the article about that time.
  13. loki-reyngard
    loki-reyngard 31 October 2015 17: 49
    Rutskoi, unfortunately, is an idealist. In modern realities, he needed to be a pragmatist ...
  14. colotun
    colotun 31 October 2015 22: 25
    This is the only general in Russian history who surrendered three times. And when he went to Israel, he called himself a Jew there and walked in yermolk to the holy Jewish places.
  15. Zaurbek
    Zaurbek 1 November 2015 09: 36
    And what should Rutskoy have called for if Yeltsin's gang carried out a coup in 1993? And the "royal" powers of Putin V.V. appeared thanks to the amendment of the constitution by Boris Yeltsin for himself. I treat Rutskoi as a well-worthy officer and competent pilot. And no one will argue that the best pilot will become the best politician! And the time was cloudy.
  16. Pavel Amarok
    Pavel Amarok 13 March 2020 09: 56
    In vain, sensible officers climb into politics, in my opinion.