Leonid Khabarov

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Leonid Khabarov
Col. Leonid Khabarov in an everyday service uniform.JPG
Colonel Khabarov in his everyday service uniform.
Native name Леонид Васильевич Хабаров
Born (1947-05-08) May 8, 1947 (age 70)
Shadrinsk, Kurgan Oblast, RSFSR
Allegiance  USSR  Russia
Service/branch Soviet Airborne Troops Soviet Airborne Troops
Years of service 1966–1991 (active duty)
1991–2010 (ROTC)
Rank Soviet Airborne Troops Colonel Colonel (ret.)
Unit 56th Guards Air Assault Brigade
Commands held 4th Air Assault Battalion
Battles/wars Afghan war
Awards see Military awards
Relations see Family
Other work see In the ROTC
Signature Col. Khabarov signature.png
Website “Free Colonel Khabarov!”–movement
Official website (in Russian)

Leonid Khabarov (Russian: Леони́д Васи́льевич Хаба́ров, IPA: [lʲɪɐˈnʲid xɐˈbarəf]; born May 8, 1947) is a former Soviet military officer whose battalion was the first Soviet Army unit to cross the border into the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan on December 25, 1979,[1] serving as the de facto beginning of the decade-long Soviet war in Afghanistan.[2] He received widespread media attention after he was arrested on charges of fomenting a coup d'état while serving as a Russian ROTC chief in 2011. He was accused of having created a master plot to overthrow local authorities in the Ural region of Russia for the purpose of launching a nationwide rebellion.

The indictment accused Khabarov of attempting to illegally purchase weapons "in an undetermined place, in undetermined circumstances, acting in conjunction with undetermined individuals."[3] Trial sessions were routinely rescheduled,[4] but on 26 February 2013 the Sverdlovsk Regional Court sentenced Khabarov to four-and-a-half years in prison, despite nationwide protest.[5][6][7] Khabarov appealed to the Supreme Court of Russia, but his case was rejected.[8][9]

Early years[edit]

Khabarov and his then-girlfriend (now wife) Tonya

Khabarov was born to a military family in Shadrinsk, Kurgan Oblast, on 8 May 1947. His father, Vasily Khabarov, was a Red Army officer and World War II veteran who died from battle injuries soon after Khabarov was born. His mother moved to Nizhny Tagil, where Khabarov successfully finished evening school and then vocational school, having received a work qualification. He then worked for a year as an excavator operator in the Tagil industrial area.[citation needed]

In addition to working and studying, he also participated in amateur boxing, winning several local championships. When he became eligible for conscription, Khabarov planned to attend a military aviation school, but was rejected due to a nasal fracture acquired during his boxing career. Instead, he planned to attend a military aviation high school, but due to the nasal fracture, his enrollment was again rejected. Instead, Khabarov was permitted to join the Russian Airborne Troops.[citation needed]

Although it was possible for a civilian to enroll directly in the airborne school without having served as a conscript, Khabarov decided to voluntarily complete his mandatory military service first. During a training jump, he received a spinal injury, but this did not prevent him from continuing his service. After three years as a conscript, Khabarov began attending the airborne school at Ryazan,[a] leaving the enlisted ranks as a Sergeant.[citation needed]

Military career[edit]

First command[edit]

Senior Lieutenant Leonid Khabarov leading his company through the dunes of Taklamakan Desert
The 100th Separate Airborne Reconnaissance Company on the top of newly conquered VDV Peak of the Pamir Mountains
Sr. Lt. Khabarov leading his company through the dunes of Taklamakan Desert (left.) The 100th Separate Recon Company on the top of newly conquered VDV Peak of the Pamir Mountains (right)

After successfully graduating from the airborne school, Khabarov was assigned to the 100th Separate Reconnaissance Company as their commanding officer. As CO, he insisted on an exhausting training regime for his troops, conducting training missions in the Taklamakan Desert and climbing the Pamir peaks, one of which was named "VDV Peak" as a result. After two years in command of the Company, during which it twice won the Soviet Airborne Troops Team Championship, Khabarov (then a Senior Lieutenant) was chosen by Soviet military officials to be the protagonist of Skies on the Shoulders, a Soviet Armed Forces half-hour promotional video that aired in 1975 across the Soviet Union, and was particularly successful with conscription-eligible youths.

For several years he served as a military celebrity, appearing on the front page of Pravda several times. Vasily Margelov, Commander-in-Chief of the Soviet Airborne Troops, noted during large-scale military exercises that "[Khabarov] has great prospects". Margelov insisted that Khabarov attend the Vystrel Higher Military Courses in Moscow and, following his graduation, had him assigned to the 105th Guards Airborne Division in Chirchik as a battalion commander.

Deployment to Afghanistan[edit]

Invasion[edit]

Map, showing Khabarov′s air assault battalion route, from the Soviet-Afghani border to the Salang Pass, through Mazar-i-Sharif, Kunduz, and Puli Khumri.

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Map, showing Khabarov′s air assault battalion route, from the Soviet-Afghani border to the Salang Pass, through Mazar-i-Sharif, Kunduz, and Puli Khumri.
Khabarov′s air assault battalion route from the Soviet–Afghani border to the Salang Pass, covered in less than 18 hours, with air temperature –22 °F

At 12:00 AM on 25 December 1979, Khabarov led his battalion across the border between Uzbekistan and Afghanistan as part of the wider Soviet invasion; it was the first unit to cross the border, along with the 154th Separate Spetsnaz Detachment.[2] Khabarov and his men quickly advanced through Mazar-i-Sharif, Kunduz, and Puli Khumri, covering 279 miles in less than eighteen hours in temperatures of –22 °F. They seized the Salang Pass, a strategic location on the way to Kabul,[b] and successfully repelled several counter-attacks over the following three months. The first attack on Khabarov′s garrison, successfully repelled in a matter of hours, left 80 mujahideen dead, and nearly 150 wounded. Despite the harsh weather conditions, frequent blizzards, stormy wind, and mujahideen activity, there were no Soviet casualties during that time.[10]

Yuri Tukharinov, then Commander of the Soviet Forces in Afghanistan, later noted that despite almost all of the land-transported Soviet troops crossing the Salang Pass, and all of them hearing his name, Tukharinov himself had never met Khabarov in person. Instead, he heard Khabarov via radio transmissions, leading to Khabarov appearing to be a hero from ancient sagas - a mythical King in the mountain. He was amazed to finally meet Khabarov and find him to be nothing more than a thin redheaded everyman in his 30s.[11]

After a few months spent defending the Salang, Khabarov and his men were dispatched to Kunduz Province, engaging in several military operations. They were then called back to Kabul, under the direct order of Tukharinov. The Afghani resistance had intensified its insurgency, blowing up bridges, springing ambushes in deep ravines, and setting up heavy machine-guns in caves.[12]

Panjshir offensive[edit]

In March 1980, Khabarov received an order to prepare his troops for a major offensive in Panjshir Province, a stronghold of the mujahideen. Located between Jabal-ul-Siraj and Charikar, Khabarov′s battalion was ordered to move through the Panjshir Valley to the very end of it and back to lure out and confront the resistance and their leader, Ahmad Shah Massoud. Massoud ordered his mujahideen to mine the only road in the valley.[13] While proceeding with the mission, Khabarov′s troops covered the distance from Kabul to Shahimardan, Fergana Province, Uzbekistan, defeating several rebel groups, and seizing documentation of the Afghan National Islamic Committee, including portfolios on all rebel leaders and detailed plans.[10]

On 13 April 1980, Khabarov and his battalion, in cooperation with units of the Afghan National Army, confronted a large group of Mujahadeen fighters.[10] After killing several of them and being wounded by both Type 56 assault rifles (including one shot to the head, which his helmet absorbed), he was hit by a .50 caliber round that crippled his right hand, leaving him unable to fight or use the radio. Despite this, he continued to command his troops via the battalion's radioman until a helicopter arrived to evacuate casualties. Khabarov ordered the most badly wounded to be evacuated first, expecting there to be no place left for him but, despite his protestations, he was loaded aboard the helicopter by his subordinates.[10]

Delivered to Kabuli military hospital, he nearly had his hand amputated by medical interns before a patron, Colonel General Yuri Maximov, intervened. Maximov released that handicapping one of his most prominent soldiers would affect troop morale and cause negative publicity in the USSR. He had expert surgeons operate on Khabarov, saving his life and hand. He was soon transferred to Tashkent, and then to Burdenko General Military Clinical Hospital in Moscow, where he began physical rehabilitation.[14]

Second deployment to Afghanistan[edit]

While recovering, he was promoted to Major, graduated from Frunze Military Academy and assigned to command a mechanised infantry regiment located near the Afghan border. Knowing his own dislike of serving as an infantry commander, Khabarov accepted a demotion from Regiment Commander to Chief-of-Staff for a brigade in order to transfer back to the 56th Air Assault Brigade.[10] He spent 11 months with his brigade from October 1984 to September 1985, when the supply convoy he was escorting was ambushed near Barikot. His vehicle was hit by an RPG, turning it upside down, and Khabarov was left with a broken collarbone, three fractured ribs and further injuries to his right hand. He was again treated in Kabul and at Tashkent military hospital.[10] As he recovered, then President Mikhail Gorbachev signed the Geneva Accords, leading to the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan in 1989. Khabarov, saw this act as a direct betrayal of the friendly Afghani government headed by the pro-Soviet President Mohammad Najibullah.[13]

Staff positions[edit]

Dates of rank:
click on the shoulder strap to see the rank
Insignia Rank Component Date
Trooper (Airborne)
 Trooper Airborne Troops 1965
Junior Sergeant (Airborne)
 Jr. Sgt. Airborne Troops 1966
Sergeant (Airborne)
 Sgt. Airborne Troops 1967
Lieutenant (Airborne)
 Lt. Airborne Troops 1972
Senior Lieutenant (Airborne)
 Sr. Lt. Airborne Troops 1975
Captain (Airborne)
 Capt. Airborne Troops 1979
Major (Airborne)
 Maj. 40th Army 1980
Lieutenant Colonel (Infantry)
 Lt. Col. Turkestan Military District 1984
Lieutenant Colonel (Airborne)
 Lt. Col. 40th Army 1986
Lieutenant Colonel (Infantry)
 Lt. Col. Carpathian Military District 1987
Colonel (Airborne)
 Col. Airborne Troops 1991

Having recovered from his injuries, Khabarov was assigned to a staff position at the Carpathian Military District, quartered in Lviv, Ukraine. He was given a large apartment in the city, along with a quiet office job. He later described his life in Lviv as idyllic, and his work the equivalent of “fraying pants”.

In 1991 he celebrated 25 years of the active duty service and Khabarov faced retirement age. He could retire earlier, using the option of a medical discharge due to the severity of suffered injuries. However, he decided not to go on pension, and asked his superiors for a chance to remain in service. The high-ranking airborne officer Georgy Shpak, who became the sixteenth Russian Airborne Troops Commander-in-Chief a few years later, then Volga–Urals Military District Deputy Chief, assisted Khabarov in his transfer from the Carpathian Military District to the Urals.

After Col. Khabarov came back from Ukraine to Ural, he received an unusual assignment, a chair in military studies in the Ural State University in Yekaterinburg. The times were tough for military education. A plethora of educational facilities had been closed, due to budget recissions and the chaotic situation which emerged following the Collapse of the Soviet Union. Khabarov embraced the challenge, and started to discover for himself a completely new military realm, i.e. the training of reserve officers.[15]

Since the creation of reserve officer training facilities in the late 1920s, the prejudice exists, as to the quality of education, and skills, received by the cadets. The official objective of such education was to cross-train civil specialists, engineers and medics, in order to inculcate a set of supplementary military skills to their basic degree program. In fact it turned out to be a safe harbor for draft evaders, providing them with opportunity to dodge the mandatory active duty, and receive officer′s rank as a plus. Military officers, which were appointed to lead such facilities, usually were not avid to turn the guided alma mater into a boot camp, and thus, the situation remained stale for decades, arousing skepticism among the active duty officers to their colleagues from military reserve. Ural was not the exception. Established in 1937 by Sovnarkom decree, Joint Military Chair of the Ural Industrial Institute haven′t experienced any significant changes for its semicentennial history.[15]

Khabarov, using draconian measures, succeeded in turning his military chair into a high-profile educational facility, able to compete with conventional military schools and academies. Under his guidance, within a year, the chair has been promptly expanded to Military Department, and then, after a decade of Khabarov′s deanship, it branched off into a separate mil-tech educational facility (full name: Institute for Military Technical Education and Security, or IMTES.) He wrested off T-72, T-80 and T-90 battle tanks from the Russian Ground Forces depots for the Institute′s car park. He conducted a number of military exercises for his trainees, in cooperation with the Volga–Urals Military District Command. In 1996 Khabarov′s reconnaissance sub-department has been visited by the servicemen of the U.S. Special Forces. Apart from training his cadets in scope of the conventional warfare tactics, he encouraged innovative scientific research among his subordinates, including military robotics program, launched by the institute seniors, under his direct academic guidance.[15]

The results were not long in coming. In 2003, Khabarov′s outfit was considered to be the best educational facility in the entire Russian military. In 2004, he was regarded as the best military academic in the country. Khabarov′s tankmen were noted as the best specialists in the Russian military, thrice in 1998, 2003 and 2005. Same did his “flaks” and “picks′n′shovels” in 2006. Institute hosted a number of conferences, visited by supreme military officials and heads of different military education facilities from across the country, and beyond.[15]

Military awards and citations[edit]

Col. Khabarov’s ribbon chart:
click on the ribbon bar to see the award
Order of Military Merit Order of the Red Banner Medal For Distinction in Military Service, 1st Class Medal For Distinction in Military Service, 2nd Class
Armed Forces of the USSR Veteran′s Medal 60 Years of the Soviet Armed Forces Jubilee Medal 70 Years of the Soviet Armed Forces Jubilee Medal General Margelov Medal
Medal For Impeccable Service, 1st Class Medal For Impeccable Service, 2nd Class Medal For Impeccable Service, 3rd Class Medal For Strengthening The Brotherhood Of Arms
Internationalist Soldier, Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR Citation Grateful People of Afghanistan Medal 80 Years of the Soviet Armed Forces Jubilee Medal Veteran Internationalist Medal
Combat Injury Badge for severe wounds, received in the line of duty (1980, 1986)

For his distinctive service, during the Afghan war, Khabarov has been awarded Order of the Red Banner, both classes of Medal “For Distinction in Military Service”, as well as all three classes of Medal “For Impeccable Service”, and Armed Forces of the USSR Veteran′s Medal. After the fall of the Soviet Union he was awarded Order of Military Merit and several honorary titles, in recognition of his past exploits as actions, which had been done in the sake of Russia.

In 1980, just after he was assigned to Kabul, his subordinates, without informing him, sent a letter to Moscow, describing Khabarov actions while he was in charge of Salang and its neighboring area, and asking to award him Hero of the Soviet Union, the supreme Soviet military and civil award. The letter was submitted for consideration, but at the time it was received, Politburo denied any armed confrontation in Afghanistan, insisting that there was no such thing, which could be defined as war going on there. Thus Khabarov′s nomination was suspended indefinitely, and he never received the Gold Star. After the USSR collapsed, this story received another boost. Sazhi Umalatova, a former Soviet parliamentarian, was elected Head of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR. The body was illegitimate by that time, but the new Russian authorities, led by Boris Yeltsin, were too weak to contest the powerful pro-communist sentiment, and forbade Umalatova′s shadow government, who received wide support and got a lot of sympathizers among former apparatchiks, who still remained in power. Stripped from actual political power, Umalatova, in retaliation, claimed that the Yeltsin regime was illegitimate, and continued to create the illusion of Soviet life going on, including, distribution of Soviet-period awards. Apart from Soviet awards, the Presidium led by Umalatova, established their own medals and orders. After they found out that Khabarov was at the time nominated for Hero of the Soviet Union, they awarded him with “Veteran Internationalist Medal,” as an acknowledgement of his Afghan feats, and the “80 Years of the Soviet Armed Forces” Jubilee Medal, in recognition of a quarter century spent as an active duty soldier, and almost vicennial record of his service with the ROTC. Khabarov, as well as other veterans, accepted these awards, because during the years following the dissolution of the USSR, it was unclear who was in charge of the country. Many thought that the Union would be restored in a few years. Khabarov later commented on this dualism in his letter from Lefortovo State Prison: “I did serve political leaders. I served for the sake of the country — the Soviet Union — Russia — my Motherland.”

“Massoud? I would treat him like my best friend”[edit]

There is no chance in the world that a real warrior like Massoud would allow himself to be captured by the Shuravi. What would I do to him, if I captured him? I would order the best medical treatment for his wounds, and then, when he regained consciousness, I would personally treat him as if he was our greatest ally.
Leonid Khabarov on his plans,
in case if he could succeed capturing
Ahmad Shah Massoud.
“Rest in peace, good buddy.” Col. Leonid Khabarov standing by the grave of his lifelong rival Ahmad Shah Massoud (2009)

Throughout the 1980s, during his deployment to Afghanistan, Khabarov and his men encountered Massoudi troops. Khabarov never found out who the lucky mujah was who shot him (if, of course, he survived the war). Khabarov was eager to know, just out of curiosity, because the man may have become a pretty rich fellow, since the Afghan insurgency priced Khabarov's life at Afs 500,000, as it was reported by the military intelligence plants, before he was shot in action.[16]

Khabarov′s bigger-than-life goal then was to find and capture Ahmad Shah Massoud, known as the Panjshir Lion, the informal leader of Afghan resistance. For that, Khabarov was later dispatched on his second tour of duty, but never faced Massoud personally.[16]

While in hospital, Khabarov was asked what he would have done to his rival, Ahmad Shah Massoud, if he succeeded in capturing him. Khabarov replied that there was no chance a great warrior such as Massoud would allow himself to be captured by the Shuravi.[c] He could be captured only by being killed or, wounded and bleeding and being in a near-death condition, without a slightest possibility to resist. In any case, even if he had captured Massoud, Khabarov said that he would treat him not like his fierce enemy, but rather his close ally, instead.[16]

Back to Afghanistan[edit]

In late February 2009, Col. Khabarov and two other veterans, 22nd Separate Spetsnaz Brigade Sgt. Victor Babenko, and 345th Guards Airborne Regiment Sgt. Maj. Evgeny Teterin, visited Islamic Republic of Afghanistan on a veterans′ tour across their service path. Together they visited Salang Pass, met the officer in charge of the place, who happened to be a Colonel General of the Afghan Army (while Khabarov was only a Captain in his time.) They moved all the way through the Panjshir mountains, where fierce battles of the 1980s once unfolded.[16]

By the end of their journey, they visited Bazarak village in the Panjshir Valley, the burial place of Ahmad Shah Massoud. Never having met Massoud face to face, Khabarov asked his fellow companions to leave him alone for a minute: “Would you excuse us, guys. Ahmad and I wish to have a private chat.”[16]

Post-retirement life[edit]

Col. Khabarov addressing his farewell speech to the young servicemen (2010)

In 2010, after almost 20 years of training reserve officers, Khabarov finally retired from service. In 2004 he was elected Deputy Chairman of the local organization of Afghan veterans. In his mid-sixties, Khabarov continued his public activity as a military supporter. Since a civilian functionary Anatoly Serdyukov stood at the head of the Russian Ministry of Defence, Khabarov was his staunch critic, publicly accusing him of sabotage and destruction of the Armed Forces. Khabarov said that Serdyukov, during his incumbency, succeeded in the destruction of the Russian Army so effectively, that the CIA could only dream about decades ago. He also referred to Serdyukov, not as a politician, but a state criminal, instead.[17]

Arrest[edit]

Col. Leonid Khabarov during a television interview, a month prior to the arrest (2011)

In 2011 Khabarov was arrested by Russian federal operatives. The FSB announced that Khabarov had planned a major upheaval on Airborne Troops Day, August 2, 2011. A search of his apartment revealed a custom-made sabre presented to Khabarov in the early 2000s by then Minister of Defence Sergei Ivanov, and an out-of-date promedol capsule from a soldier′s medical kit Khabarov kept as a memento of his Afghan service in the 1980s. These artifacts were immediately submitted in a criminal case as evidence of his intentions. Along with the aforementioned, a copy of Dangerous By His Faithfulness To Russia, a '2006 book by Vladimir Kvachkov, was found in Khabarov′s personal library. It was also submitted as material evidence in the case “extremist literature”, despite the book itself being freely available to buy and not listed on the Federal List of Extremist Materials. The opinion has been expressed quite frequently that Serdyukov and his henchmen were behind this arrest and the subsequent trial.[17]

Maj. Dmitry Khabarov (in camouflage uniform) on his way to the Presidential Administration of Russia, to submit an official letter to the Russian President, entitled: “A War Banner is not a Floor Rag”

According to the ITAR-TASS news agency, the prosecution stated that Khabarov′s group planned to launch an operation codenamed “Dawn” to overthrow official authorities in the region.[18]

Backlash[edit]

 Khabarov, shown here kissing the war banner of his unit during the farewell ceremony.

Many prominent figures in Russian politics expressed outrage about Khabarov′s imprisonment. Among them are individuals with diametrically opposed political views such as the presidential candidates Leonid Ivashov and Gennady Zyuganov, as well as other political figures, such as Andrey Illarionov, Andrey Savelyev, Maxim Shevchenko, Alexey Dymovsky, Maxim Kalashnikov, Irek Murtazin, Mikhail Delyagin, Ashot Egiazaryan, Aleksandr Kharchikov, Dmitry Puchkov, et al. They said that the accusations do not hold water, pointing to the ridiculousness of the collected “evidence” against Khabarov. Khabarov′s colleague, Col. Vladislav Zyomkovsky, said during an interview with PublicPost, that officially announced denunciation of a failed masterplan doesn′t stand up to critical examination, and if examined, the argument simply falls to the ground. In his opinion, a brilliant military strategist such as Khabarov, would never develop such an obvious plan. To refute the official version of the failed plot, Zyomkovsky cited one paragraph from Khabarov′s bill of indictment, which states that Khabarov and his alleged accomplices planned to switch off the entire region's electrical grid, and thus create panic and civil disorder. In his opinion, this passage was copypasted from an indictment of the criminal trials of the 1930s, when such an event would really have spread chaos. But in the 2000s in Russia, electrical outages happened on a daily basis, were routine and a quite common occurrence.[19]

Family[edit]

Col. Leonid Khabarov and his wife, with two kids, Vitaly (dressed in cadet′s uniform) and Dmitry (mid-1980s)

Being a third-generation military man, with his father, and grandfather, both military officers,[d] Khabarov decided to continue the family tradition. He received various assignments to remote places in the Soviet Union. His wife and two sons followed him on his postings. His sons, growing up as military brats, both have followed their father′s pathway and, despite their mother′s protest, they both enrolled in the Ryazan Airborne School,[a] one after another.[20]

Vitaly, the eldest son (born 1975) after graduating the airborne school in the mid-1990s, was assigned to serve with 106th Guards Airborne Division, spent his tour of duty in Chechnya, engaging in the First Russo-Chechen Conflict, and is serving until now at the rank of Lt. Colonel, as the Chief-of-staff with 242nd Airborne Training Center, Omsk.[20]

Dmitry, the youngest son (born 1978), after graduating from airborne school in the late 1990s, volunteered to engage in the Chechen war on terror. As the CO of a recon platoon, Khabarov Jr, managed to locate and destroy two training facilities of the Chechen insurgency, intercepted and captured a major reinforcement of mercs and mujahs from various Arab states, on their way to join the rebel army, set up in the air two arms&ammo depots, and achieved several minor successes, having none of his men killed or badly wounded, while proceeding over the missions. Until one day, on his way back to compound, he was blown up by a land mine. Near dead, he was carried by his subordinates to their army base, and from there, he was evacuated by a helicopter to Mozdok, Republic of North Ossetia–Alania, and then to Moscow, where he was stationed in the same military hospital his father had been moved to, 20 years previously. He was lucky to survive, and have both his legs spared by army surgeons. After his recovery, he planned to go back into action, but the military refused to have him back in service, honorary discharging him in the rank of Major, instead.[20]

Footnotes[edit]

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  13. ^ a b Braithwaite, Rodric. Afgantsy: The Russians in Afghanistan, 1979-1989. N. Y.: Oxford University Press. pp. 217–218, 223. ISBN 978-0-19-983265-1. 
  14. ^ Dynin, I. (October 1985). "Afghanistan: Problems of Defense of Salang Pass Recounted". Krylya Rodiny. a monthly journal of DOSAAF (10): 6–7 (80–84). ISSN 0130-2701. Retrieved August 22, 2012. Reprinted in English by the USSR Report: Military Affairs, March 13, 1986. 
  15. ^ a b c d Belousov, Yuri (August 25, 2007). "Ural′s Forge of the Officership". The Red Star (in Russian). an official newspaper of the Russian Ministry of Defence. Retrieved July 18, 2012. 
  16. ^ a b c d e Belousov, Yuri (February 14, 2009). "We′re Back "On The Other Bank". The Red Star (in Russian). an official newspaper of the Russian Ministry of Defence. Retrieved July 18, 2012. 
  17. ^ a b Alexandrov, Oleg (September 15, 2011). "Ministry of Defence, A Gang Of Frauds?". The Moscow Post (in Russian). Retrieved July 18, 2012. 
  18. ^ "Prosecutor demands 5 years for defendant in attempted mutiny case". ITAR-TASS. May 17, 2012. Retrieved August 22, 2012. 
  19. ^ Chalova, Yekaterina. (April 9, 2012). "Afghan Veteran, Colonel Khabarov′s Detention Term Has Been Prolonged For The Third Time". PublicPost (in Russian). Retrieved July 18, 2012. 
  20. ^ a b c Soldatenko, Boris (February 1, 2002). "Guards Ask For No Surrender!". The Red Star (in Russian). an official newspaper of the Russian Ministry of Defence. Retrieved July 18, 2012. 

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