Russian Heros


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The Fate of Russian Volunteers in Bosnia
10/13/2003 19:30
Russian volunteers did not intend to become rich as a result of the war

Commissioner of the Hague International Tribunal Vanessa Le Roa has recently demanded the delivery of the Russian military men who had volunteered to wage war in Bosnia. The judge complained that Russia was not willing to discuss the issue on the international level. Vanessa Le Roa affirmed up to 700 Russian military men were waging war in Yugoslavia ten years ago. Investigators of The Hague Tribunal have allegedly collected enough evidence to prove Russian military men's participation in punitive operations against Muslims and Croatians.

Mikhail Polikarpov - a historian and a participant of the Bosnian war - has written a book about the war. According to the writer, Russian military men volunteered to serve in Bosnia in 1992-1995. Several hundreds of Russian soldiers took part in the Balkan war, about 40 of them were killed, about 20 men were injured. Russian volunteers were waging war in groups of up to ten. Each of those groups could control up to 30 kilometers of a certain area.

The first Russian military unit of volunteers was formed in Herzegovina in September of 1992 - not far from the town of Visegrad. Valery Vlasenko was the unit's commander. The second unit was formed the same year in November - the unit was known as Tsarist Wolves with commander Alexander Mukharev, nicknamed the Ace. A company of Cossacks was fighting together with the second unit of Russian volunteers. The Cossack unit was commanded by Alexander Zagrebov, soldier of the Afghan war. Another group of Russian military men was operating in the settlement of Skelani, not far from Visegrad. The group was commanded by Lieutenant Alexander Alexandrov, who had been in the wars of Transdniestr and Karabakh (he was killed in May of 1993).

In the winter of 1993, the group of Russian soldiers commanded by the Ace took part in the most fierce and legendary battle of that time - the defense of Zaglavak hill. Muslims were attacking the hill with grenade launchers, Russians were suffering considerable losses, but so were the Muslims. In March of 1993, Tsarist Wolves did battle with the group of Muslims - the Russian group was commanded by major Eduard (the major was decorated with Red Star and For Courage medals). In May, the major was substituted with captain Mikhail Trofimov. He was killed as he attempted to take a prisoner for interrogation: there were two Muslim women in the house that he was entering - someone threw a grenade at his back.

Tsarist Wolves became known as the most efficient Russian military unit. The black and gold banner of the unit is kept at the Holy Trinity temple in Belgrade. There is also a memorial board in the city in honor of the Russian men who died in battles for Serbia.

Another group of Russians waged war on the outskirts of Sarajevo in 1993-1994. The unit was commanded by Alexander Shkrabov, who died in June of 1994. In the spring of 1999, Russians fought in Kosovo.

Several Russians also fought during the autumn of 2000 in Macedonia. Volunteers created their own subculture with Russian-Serbian slang and a code of honor. The code did not allow to kill women and prisoners. No Russian military man has derived any profit from those wars.

Alexander Kravchenko is one of those people, who has survived the hell of the battle for Zaglavak hill. In 1992, he retired from the Soviet Army at the age of 20 and returned to Kazakhstan. Kravchenko started his military career in the Cossack movement - he volunteered to go to Bosnia. On November 17th 1992, Alexander landed in Belgrade. His military life started three days later in Visegrad. Alexander remembers everything about his first battle that took place on December 3rd the same year. The Russian unit was supposed to give the Serbs an opportunity to conquer the hill. The scenario did not work, the Russian platoon was encircled. The soldiers had to retreat in separate groups, Alexander was carrying his wounded friend on his shoulders for seven hours. "We are not tough guys. We are soldiers. We were neither mercenaries, nor bandits, we did not earn anything. We had to pay for transit to the war ourselves," Alexander was saying.

The war ended for him on April 12, 1993. That day Russian soldiers were fighting for Zaglavak hill. He was seriously wounded in the back of the head. The gunshot wound blinded him. The government of the Serbian republic, the Serbian enclave in Bosnia, provided medical treatment to him free of charge. His eyesight gradually returned as he was traveling from one hospital to another. Three years later he could even read. When liberal democrats came to power in the Serbian republic in 2000, Alexander's pension was cut from $500 to $170. The same year he returned to Russia.

Alexander had to work as a laborer and watchman for Moscow temples. There is a church school at the Temple of Dmitry Rostovsky in the town of Ochakovo. The National Union of Volunteers of the Serbian Republic (Alexander is an active member of this organization) opened a patriotic club for children at the school. The club is meant for children up to 14 years old. Little boys have classes on religion, they study hand-to-hand fight, the battling tactics, marching exercises, as well as spiritual grounds of the Orthodox army and the Russian military history.

Similar classes are taught to children of the church school attached to the Temple of Holy Dmitry. Senior priest of the temple, Arkady Shatov, addressed to the organization of Bosnian war veterans with a request to organize a temple at his church school.

The military and patriotic movement is developing and growing, raising the Orthodox and battle spirit in Russian boys. Alexander is married - he has two children. He could be happy with his family, but life did not let him. Alexander can be delivered to The Hague Tribunal. These people were doing the things that the Russian government was not doing: they were protecting the Serbs. The Russian policy in the Balkans has turned out to be very vague. As a result, the brotherly nation was left alone with the new world order and Islamic fundamentalism. The war has been lost. However, dozens of courageous romantic Russian men traveled abroad to fight. They did not go there to earn either money or fame. They are very old-fashioned people in today's Russia, where the motto of the development is "Get Rich!" I do not know, if the guerrilla warfare tactics are taught at military academies, but the volunteers' experience could be very helpful for the officers who go to wage war in Chechnya. The experience of the people who know how to fight vehemently, using both old and new weapons is a very valuable experience.

This category of people is not in demand from the social point of view - it is not their fault, but ours. Modern people do not notice their degradation, it becomes harder for them to understand, who they actually are: the citizens of the great nation or just a group of people who have no commitment, whose goal is to survive alone.
its great to see that serbs arent the babyeating barbarians they have unfortunately been made out to be in the west, which disgusts me and im happy that the russians still help out their serbian bretheren. as an american i feel very ashamed that our government and media at the time (i dont think GWB would be as bad) would polarize such a complicated and terrible conflict in such simple (serbia-bad, muslims-good) terms. It is ironic and sad that the people we saved at serbia (our only regional ally in WWII!)'s expense our now great enemies of ours, biting the hand that feeds it.
It is also embarassing that the US under NATO colors bombed certain sites and landmarks that even Hitler chose to spare.
But the Clinton years are over and hopefully nowadays we are more realistic to realities.
I think I will add this article since you metioned it

The Press Allowed Clinton To Commit War Crimes
By Dave Gibson (02/24/05)

In 1999, the Clinton administration orchestrated a war against the sovereign nation of Serbia. He justified his actions, by making claims of "genocide" against the Serbian government. Those claims have since proven to be unfounded. Serbia posed absolutely no threat to the United States, nor U.S. interests. They did not harbor terrorists, in fact the Serbian military was fighting against terrorists (the KLA). However, the liberal media never once questioned Clinton's motives nor do they to this day.

While the media claims there is no liberal-bias, in the way they report the news...history teaches us otherwise. President Bush has been waging a war against Muslim terrorists, a war in which we were attacked on our own soil. However, the American press has been relentless in their attempts to portray Bush as a war-monger and claim the war "unnecessary." Upon examination of the facts, one wonders how many so-called journalists can look themselves in the mirror.

Bill Clinton convinced NATO to join in the fight against the people of Serbia. In doing so, NATO actually violated the terms of their own charter. Not one NATO member nation had been attacked by Serbia, yet most of them sent troops to march on that country. The United States was attacked on 9/11, yet NATO is now nowhere to be found.

The air-war which was directed by Gen. Wesley Clark, targeted civilians. Under Clark's orders, U.S. warplanes bombed schools, hospitals, churches, office buildings, and private homes. They even bombed a nature park! In Belgrade, all three bridges which spanned the Danube were destroyed. They knocked out power and water to the Serbs. The bombing went on for 79 days.

While the U.S. was criticized for continuing operations in Iraq during the Muslim holy period of Ramadan...Not a word of dissent was heard, when Clinton bombed the Serbs on Easter!

A fair comparison could be made between Gen. Wesley Clark and Reichsmarshall Hermann Goering. Both conducted bombing campaigns against nations which posed no threat, and both specifically targeted civilians. Both are in fact, war criminals. However, while Goering was sentenced to death by an international tribunal for his crimes...Wesley Clark became a presidential candidate for the Democratic Party. It appears that for Goering--his timing was simply off!

Just as the left-leaning media never questioned Clinton's attacks on Serbian civilians...They sat back and accepted as gospel, every word uttered by NATO spokesman Jamie Shea.

Among Shea's many tall tales, during a May 1999 press conference, he announced that:
100,000 babies had been born in the refugee camps (supposedly filled with people running away from Milosevic and not Clinton's bombing). Which was an outright lie. The camps (all five) held less than 80,000 people combined, and less than 30,000 were adult women. However, the Clinton-adoring press never questioned this ridiculous statement.

While President Bush is directing U.S. forces to combat terrorists, Clinton had our military fighting side-by-side with terrorists. The Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) was made up of mercenaries and foreign nationals mostly from Saudi Arabia, Yemen, and Afghanistan. Even the Clinton administration listed the KLA as a terrorist group.

The KLA as well as the Taliban operated on the profits made from opium sales, opium grown in Afghanistan. Serbian president Slobodan Milosevic had been battling the KLA for years. Clinton ordered him to stop and to allow NATO troops to occupy his nation. At the time, Clinton claimed that Milosevic had murdered more than 100,000 innocent people. That claim has since been proven to be false. Less than 3,000 bodies have been recovered since 1999, around 500 are believed to be KLA fighters, and many of the rest may have been killed in the daily U.S. led bombing raids.

Clinton went to war on the claim that Milosevic was conducting a "genocide." It was in fact, a false charge. However, the media has covered up this revelation. They would rather pick on President Bush, a man who goes after actual terrorists and who directs U.S. troops to build schools for Iraqi children.

Since 1999, the KLA has demolished 100 Serbian Orthodox Churches in Kosovo and forced approximately 250,000 Serbs to leave the area. These atrocities could not have been accomplished without the help of Bill Clinton, Madeleine Albright, and Gen. Wesley Clark.

In Feb. of 1999, Sen. Bob Smith (R-NH) said:
"We are in essence becoming the Air Force for the KLA." That is precisely how Bill Clinton perverted our military.

Three years after his trial began, Slobodan Milosevic is still on trial. No verdict has been reached and none is in sight. Interestingly, Milosevic's popularity has actually increased since the start of the trial. Due to the lack of evidence, he will probably walk.

The same American press who today constantly criticizes President Bush for attacking our enemies...sat by silently six years ago and watched an American president commit senseless acts of war against a sovereign people. The same press who now complains about interrogations on behalf of terrorists, said nothing when Serbian babies were dying after Gen. Wesley Clark bombed their hospital.

The press has an important duty, to bring forth the un-biased truth. At one time, they understood this and they took their task seriously. Today however, the mainstream news-media is nothing more than another branch of the Democratic Party.
Renegade said:
I think I will add this article since you metioned it

Bill Clinton convinced NATO to join in the fight against the people of Serbia. In doing so, NATO actually violated the terms of their own charter. Not one NATO member nation had been attacked by Serbia, yet most of them sent troops to march on that country. The United States was attacked on 9/11, yet NATO is now nowhere to be found.

Actualy, most NATO allies assisted the U.S. in their conquest of Afghanistan after 7-11.

It's unfortunate that there was no public outcry against the Kosovo bombing campaign in America.

In Germany, there were massive protests (with no results unfortunately) and someone threw a paintball at the foreign secretary's ear :D.

We were also lied to by our government, when Rudolf Scharping, the Defense secretary of defense showed us "authentic satellite pictures" depicting Operation Horseshoe, which was supposedly a Serbian mission to drive out all remaining Albanians...Months later it was revelaed that it was all made up by the NATO leadership.
I want to thank to those brave Russians for helping us in those hard times. I also want to apologize for the actions taken by the new gov't. :(