Putin awarded the Vladimir Kovtun the title of Hero of Russia during the Afghan war

Putin awarded the Vladimir Kovtun the title of Hero of Russia during the Afghan war

The President of Russia Vladimir Putin awarded the participant of operations in Afghanistan Vladimir Kovtun the title of Hero of Russia. About it reported in a press-service of the Kremlin on February 15.

“For heroism, courage and bravery shown in the performance of special tasks in conditions involving a risk to life, to assign the title of Hero of the Russian Federation Kovtun, Vladimir Pavlovich,” — said in the text of the decree of the President.

30 years ago — February 15, 1989, was officially completed the withdrawal of Soviet troops from Afghanistan. This date was a memorable day.

Vladimir Putin was awarded the title of Hero of the Russian GRU officer, Vladimir Kovtun (center), whose group in Afghanistan has captured the first samples of MANPADS “stinger”, the US supplied the Mujahideen. Despite the promise in the Soviet Union the title of hero Kovtun is not given, justice is restored pic.twitter.com/YcbceZBu93

— Dmitry Smirnov (@dimsmirnov175) February 15, 2019.


According to open sources, Vladimir Kovtun fought in Afghanistan, in the 186th separate detachment of special purpose GRU of the General staff. Known for the fact that on 5 January 1987 the year in Matanuska gorge (Kandahar province), while still a senior Lieutenant, was able in the group, which was under the overall command of major Eugene Sergeyev, Deputy commander of the 186th squad to capture one of the three samples American MANPADS “stinger”, which the Americans supplied the mujahedin, as well as a diplomat with documentation on them, including addresses of providers from the United States. These trophies were shown at an urgent press conference at the foreign Ministry of Afghanistan as irrefutable proof of the intervention of America in the internal Affairs of the country.

“I opened the briefcase, and there is full documentation on the “Stinger”. To the addresses of the suppliers in the United States and to instructions on system use. Here too we do joy were stunned”: the Hero of Russia Vladimir Kovtun about his heroism in Afghanistan in 1987 годуhttps://t.co/aFHXzYcg09 pic.twitter.com/r9TX8IPCGl

— Dmitry Smirnov (@dimsmirnov175) February 15, 2019.

See also

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