We had once a story about a Russian guy who has turned the military vehicle into a passenger car. This one is another of that kind, but way bigger, though lacks in the interior beauty. Still they have there now: 1. The mechanical gear stick was replaced with electronic joystick which is connected to electro driven gear box. Now they can switch the gears as easy as on a video game, before one had to have a huge muscle power to switch the gear on that Russian tough thing 2. Disassembled old army
seats and put new ones, from the Chrysler minivan. 3. Improved the noise insulation. 4. Changed all the windows to the new ones, more thick, more nice. 5. Installed a rear-view camera and the monitor. 6. Put in a multimedia station, with hi-fi audio, video and wireless headphones for passengers. Now they can take a ride more safely on Russian roads, and would find their way at any condition, that's for sure, even on Russian federal highway "Lena".
Twenty eight years ago Russian army has entered Afghanistan. They stayed there for 9 years and more than 15,000 Russian soldiers were lost dead, much more were wounded or had psychological problems in their civil life later. The troops that were fighting against Russian army at that times were actively supported by Pakistan and Western World as an opposing effort of the Free World against the Evil Empire - USSR. One of the most notable leaders supporting the rebels against the "Russian oppression" in Afghanistan was a Western supported Osama Bin-Laden. A few years later, when there were nobody to fight against in Afghanistan he found new
victims for his fight. Now in the Free Western World that supported him before, with all the tactical skills his people were studied by Western instructors. In Russia there is a proverb, something like "Don't dig a hole for someone else, as you will fall into it yourself", some Russian soldiers found that it was true in this occasion, after learning that those guy they fought for years, took over the Afghanistan after they left and started to fight now against his supporters. These are photos from that time when the Russian army was still there, mainly from private archives.