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Russians Left Afghanistan

Posted on February 24, 2009 by

Russian soldiers in Afghanistan

...20 years ago Russian soldiers stopped fighting of what soon become "the Taliban".

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75 Responses to “Russians Left Afghanistan”

  1. anyone says:

    in before miss india

    • Mister Pakistan says:

      Russia is such a strong and soulfull country. Look at those brave faces of all of our brave Russian soldiers. Unlike in the west where the soldiers all think they are Rambo, and like to dress up like clowns so they feel important. So sad for the west:(

      • w says:

        Still got their asses handed to them tho

      • Gera says:

        You’re right for 100 percent

      • chris j says:

        These soldiers may be brave but they were so poorly equipped. The so called western soliers you talk about being dressed up as clowns are properly equipped to do a job right and safly. presently the Russian army looks bad, when Russia entered the second world war then almost lost it all and one of the problems were lack of good gear. By the way there is one photo there of some soldiers wearing 1930s issued boots they look like clowns.

        ps these pictures are great during this conflict I was starved for photo.

      • jack says:

        I’ll bet a lot off money the Russian kids who came in one piece and the ones who came back missing pieces don’t see it such a romantic light.

    • OMG i’m too late and there had been posted alot, but i have to say… Russians are so poor, they ruined developed economy of Afghanistan, but now thanks to American invasion Afghanis enjoy western wealth and can buy all western luxury goods :-(

  2. CZenda says:

    Note that the soldiers carry a lot of civilian equipment while on duty. The reason is that the Red Army in Afghanistan was not supplied properly and many a soldier was dependent on what his Mom and Dad sent him from the USSR.
    Note e.g. the sneakers and colorful sleeping bags. Another common items were hand-woven sweaters etc.

    • Boris Abramov says:

      Certainly NATO forces are in a far better position than their Soviet counterparts were 20 years ago. They are indeed far better equipped and trained, but most crucially, NATO forces (specifically US and British) have stumbled upon a great business opportunity that soviets never even thought of exploiting.

      NATO forces not only make it possible for the narcotics industry to thrive in Afghanistan, but are in fact the very crucial elements in its production and distribution throughout the western world. Indeed, it seems, entrepreneurial spirit is still very much alive in Afghanistan.



      • CZenda says:

        Comrade Abramov!
        I suggest you to read the books by RUSSIAN authors concerning the Afghanistan war, e.g. A. Borovik – Spryatannaya voyna, unless these and similar books, which are not in accord with Putler´s heroic propaganda, were already publicly burnt by Putinjugend (which would not surprise me at all).
        What I wrote about general lack of usable shoes, warm clothes etc. is information taken from the memoirs of those Russians who survived the bloodshed. The 18-yrs old soldiers, who did not have any choice but going to the war, were not even given ID badges and, if KIA, had to be identified using hand-written pieces of paper inserted into empty AK-74 cartridges which they were required to stitch into the collars of their uniforms.

        • Boris Abramov says:

          CZenda, you amuse me. Even when people agree with you 100% you still proceed to argue with them :)Is that a Czech thing? Or is it beacuse I have a Russian name? ;)

    • altima says:

      sneakers are simply a better footwear in the Afghan dry lands than the army boots. that’s why they wore sneakers.

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  4. peterv says:

    funny how the US supported the “freedom fighters” back then, while calling them “terrorists” now after the Taliban refused to be the dog of the USA

  5. Swede says:

    Looks like mercenaries… Not two have the same uniform, thus failing the concept of uniform. Perhaps “illegal combatant”?

  6. Kometya says:

    I saw this Russian film: “9th Company”, I thought I was awesome, though somebody told me that incident didn’t happen as shown in that film… still I think I had some message, and it was good to see a film made from the Russian point of view, appart from that all I had seen on the topic was Rambo III :P, and you know what those films are like… I am not gonna say Russia was right or wrong on Afghanistan, nor I will say the same for America and Vietnam, they were just fighting for their cause, and can’t say that history judges the rest because there are too many people writting history, I guess it comes to individual opinion in the end.

    • Boris Abramov says:

      Frankly that’s quite insulting for any sane Soviet citizen who took part in this conflict. They didn’t fight for “their cause”, they were made to fight for the Imperial “cause” of Breznev and KGB thug Andropov.

      • Kometya says:

        My apologies, I meant no insult, I’am not properly documented on the issue, sorry.

      • Sergei says:

        Wrong. Soviets fought very bravely against a fundamentalist theocracy on behlaf of a secular and more democratic government, while so much of the world at the time threw its support for the mujahideen and their genocidal policies. There was no “imperialism” involved. If I was old enough at the time I would have supported them wholeheartedly in any way possible.

    • altima says:

      they were fighting for their state. and the state betrayed them on their return home.

  7. El_Greco says:

    Great photos Respect real soldiers

  8. Jason says:

    I could almost picture Chevy Chase and Dan Aykroyd in some of these photos!

  9. spooker says:

    Excellent pics and some of the characters of the 9th company movie guard a close resemblance with these brave soldiers (their faces are similar).

    Anyway, I wonder what if Soviets had won the war and the communist govermment were succesfully instaurated. Will be better than now or worse?. How Afghanistan will handle the fall of the communism?. Its just speculation.

    But things went wrong since the beggining with insuficient numbers, bad tactics, heavy tanks in mountanious areas, not enough air support for the ground troops. And it seems they forget the lessons on how to deal with stinger missiles (learned in the Angolan war). What a waste of resources

    • altima says:

      actually, during the 10 years of war Soviet army had only 13833 soldiers killed in action. it means that in one month we lost about 116 people a month and about 4 people a day. it doesn’t look like a bloodbath for the Soviet army. and it certainly means that the tactics was not that bad. most of the Soviet soldiers were engaged for control over certain objects like airports, roads, etc. and only special forces and aviation were used for the operations against the enemy.

  10. Vyt says:

    Soviet occupation army – OUT OUT OUT

  11. aleke says:

    Thank you for the report, American Imperial Station #24556. Get me a Coke. You czechs know what a coke is? A C-O-K-E… [turns to British underling] can’t get good help these days you know… makes you miss those Flips… Ah, to be back in the midst of that brown, fiery lot… [Brit mumbles something about the Raj under his breath]

  12. scot says:

    Hey Gena,

    You are probably right about talking too much – though I notice you only commented when I made a vague criticism of the USSR.

    Fact is USSR lost that war badly… reason being lack of resources as well as a high percentage of unmotivated conscript troops.

    If you know your history then you will know that it was the Scots who took over England in 1603 when the Scots King became King of England.

    Nowadays we still come down to England to run Britain and their major companies. We built the British Empire – and we ran it.

    British were also the first to get slaughtered and kicked out of Afghanistan in 1841.

    • scot says:

      Err… it’s a fact. Though I will concede that it didn’t really end up with Scotland being in charge of England.

      and there are two sets of people in Scotland – highlanders & lowlanders. Lowlanders always had more power and they did like James. Do a bit of research!

      • scot says:

        That’s not say that the Stuarts were universally disliked by highlanders though – they did however crush the independence of the highland clans a bit earlier.

        Anyway – back to you guys getting your arses kicked in Afghanistan…..

      • Zemlyane says:

        Though now there isnt a border between highlanders and lowlanders since they had to come together after many of the eco downfalls in the past and wiskey isnt scottish, its a chinese invention. the scots hold the rights for wiskey though.

        • scot says:

          All of what you say is nonsense. Eco downfalls?

          When Scotland was formed there was no “border” between lowland and highland just difficult terrain. Sure, it didn’t include the Norwegian bits but that was mainly the islands.

          I think it’s impossible to say who “invented” whisky. Scotland doesn’t “hold the rights to whisky – just the use of the name Scotch Whisky. A bit like only fizzy wine from Champagne can be called Champagne.

  13. Boris Abramov says:

    “I may be brainwashed”

    No may be about it.

    • Vladislav says:

      Yeah, but that’s not a bad thing is it?

      There will *never* be peace in the middle-east, those dogs want only one way of life; a muslim way of life. They’d do whatever it takes to spread the “love”, hell i’m sure they’d even shoot-at/bomb you if they had a chance. I say get them before they get us.

      Go to theync.com, many videos of their “handy work” can be viewed there – muslim extremists, make me sick.

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  15. Vladislav says:

    Here here! Get them before they get us!

    Damn savages need to be wiped out! By bullet or by nuke I don’t care, as long as Im there to do my share ^_^

  16. Jason says:


    They were not doctors but they got the Russian girls in the end!

  17. brbrbr says:

    yeah, Pakistan inteligence catched and after sucessful blackmail attempt – converted and used congressman Wilson and some of their collegues and resulted military, intelligancy, and financial support.
    initially – Wilson planned just to sell obsolete and [almost]not worked military equiopment, captured by their friends in IDF[yes, both ibn history are jew]and thus their enemies – Pacustan-Afganistan have no weapon and they earn some money.
    dont read ex-intelligince Pakistan book["bear Trap"].
    this is [cunning] lie by Pacistan intel.
    but [strong]rumors thire Pabout Zia have compromisiong itel from USSR colegues. and thats [truly]amazing !!

  18. brbrbr says:

    i mean – most wors part of Mogahead extremist[terrorist] forsces, extremely hosile to US – created on own US mopney.

  19. Miss India Great Hole says:

    The OTAN loose the war too

  20. brbrbr says:

    OTAN must leave Patan people in peace.
    even Indian and English kings – give up against him.

  21. mickey says:

    You believe if the russian stayed there we didn’t even expect taliban?
    Such intruders, make such taliban forces by their act in a foreign country. If that ussr leaves the coury alone, there weren’t Taliban’s.
    Go study some history books before writing explanation for the pictures.

    • ......... says:

      If USA hadn’t have armed the rebels who were fighting Afghan government then USSR wouldn’t have been drawn into a war.

      We will help to make sure that Afghanistan will be their Vietnam” – Jimmy Carter

  22. asdf says:

    Who’s the dude with the moustache and white sneakers? He’s in almost every pic.

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  24. Kees says:

    Lol they dont look like mercenaries. They wear light shoes and clothes because its very hot there. Ahganistan has very hot and dry climate, with deserts and mountains, so war there was very specific in this case. So you dont need kevlars etc to fight in afganistan because its useless there. I say that becuase my elder brother was on that war >__<

  25. Kees says:

    so you have to trust me. They were equipped nicely, had everything they need, i mean weapons, food, clothes etc and even women sometimes xD

    2asdf: i saw these fotos on other russian website. Its a friend of a guy who posted fotos on the website.
    Btw, on the first foto, that guy on the left side, he was a sniper and he didnt survive, sorry forgot his name… >_<

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  27. Mike says:

    Damn i was born in the Soviet Union but i didnt had the time to feel that era : (

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  34. Alex says:

    looks like the 9th company!

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  36. Now it is time to install pay toilets in Afghanistan.

  37. Mike says:

    Great photos. I’d seen a few now and then, but this is the first collection of photos I have ever seen from the soldiers of that conflict. I’m betting the camera was the tennis shoes guy, or a good friend of his. He seems to be in a lot of the photos. Anyway, whoever sent the photos in, thanks…and, I hope these guys made it home, or at least most of them. Found a gals that smile a lot, know how to cook, and like sex.

  38. Gerard says:

    They are our real Heroes, and I am from Holland.

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