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Russian Soldier Goes Through Chechen Captivity Hell
Pravda ^ | 2003-01-08 | Translated by Dmitry Sudakov

Posted on 01/25/2004 9:17:57 PM PST by miltonim

Evgeny Rodionov,19 years old, did not lose his faith despite horrible tortures

The Chechen captivity is the most horrid, the most inhuman and barbaric thing that can ever happen,¦ says Evgeny-s mother. She had to survive hell to find her son, the body of her son, to be more precise. Evgeny-s death coincided with his 19th birthday. Evgeny-s mother, Lubov, was a little late: she was just seven kilometers far from the place of her son-s execution.

Evgeny was born 30 minutes after midnight on May 23, 1977. His delivery was not hard. He was a good and healthy child, his weight was 3900 grams. I was so relieved, when I heard his first cry. As if he was trying to say: I came into this world, love me!¦ I incidentally looked at the window. It was dark outside, and I suddenly saw a falling star. I went pale, my heart turned to a cold small piece. Doctors tried to convince me that it was a good sign. They told me that a falling star was a sign of good life for my baby. However, I had to live with a sense of something dangerous coming over us. Time made me forget about it, but I had to remember the sign in 19 years.¦

The Russian patriotic press has already reported about the deed of a 19-year-old Russian soldier, Evgeny Rodionov. This young man found himself in the Chechen captivity in 1996. He did not betray either his fatherland or his faith. He did not take off his cross even at the hardest moment of beastly tortures. The state decorated Evgeny with the Order of Courage. People-s donations made it possible to put a two-meter high Orthodox cross on his grave. People come to visit his grave from most distant parts of Russia. His mother, Lubov Rodionova, says that people-s attitude changed her entire awareness of life. A WWII veteran once came to visit Evgeny-s grave. He took off his military decoration v the Bravery Medal v and put in on the tombstone.

Evgeny Rodionov-s biography was published in a book that came out in 2002. The book was called The New Martyr of Christ, Warrior Evgeny.¦ This is not really a book, but a booklet, which was written by priest Alexander Shargunov. However, we know little about Evgeny-s inmost thoughts, feelings, emotions, or what he had to go through during three months of the Chechen hell. A lot of things remain a mystery. Lubov Rodionova shared her thoughts with the priest about her son-s childhood, his interests at school, his attitude to the military service. She also shared her most horrible thoughts v about the news of his alleged desertion from the army, and what followed that news afterwards.

Eighteen-year-old Evgeny Rodionov was taken captive with three other soldiers at night of February 14th, not far from the Chechen settlement of Galashki. The guys arrived from the Kaliningrad region. They patrolled the border between the republics of Chechnya and Ingushetia. Their control and registration post was located some 200 meters far from the security detachment. The post was just a small cabin, without any light or wire communication. The cabin did not even have a military support, in spite of the fact that it was a single cabin on the mountainous road, which was used for carrying weapons, ammunition, captives, drugs and so on. The border guards stopped an ambulance vehicle to check it. More than ten armed Chechens got out of the vehicle. Needless to mention that it was very easy for them to cope with young inexperienced soldiers. The guys showed as much resistance as they could, but the outcome of the fight was evident before it even started. Lubov Rodionova believes that this incident happened over officers- negligence, basically. The captivity has always been considered to be the most horrible thing that can ever happen to a person. It implies no freedom, but only tortures and humiliation. Experience showed that the Chechen captivity is the most horrid, the most inhuman and barbaric thing that can ever happen,¦ Lubov Rodionova believes.

As soon as she learned that her son was a captive of Chechen guerrillas, she started looking for him all over Chechnya for nine months. She had to go through every horror imaginable. I think that God was watching over me. I was walking along mined roads, but I did not step on a bomb. He protected me from bombings, he did not let me die, because my duty was to find my son, to bury him on his native land, according to Christian traditions. I have realized that recently. When I was walking along those military roads, I just kept silence, praying to God in my heart.¦

Chechen bandits murdered Evgeny Rodionov on May 23, 1996 in the Chechen settlement of Bamut. Russian troops occupied the village the next day. Lubov Rodionova learned about her son-s death only in September. She had to put a mortgage on her own apartment in order to find Evgeny-s body and to take it away along with the bodies of his murdered friends. A Chechen man agreed to show her the place, where Evgeny was buried. She had to pay him a lot of money for that. When I came to Chechnya in the middle of February, a living private cost ten million rubles. This price was 50 million in August. A friend of mine was told to pay 250 million rubles for her son, since he was an officer. It was nighttime, when I and some sappers were digging the pit, in which the bodies of four Russian soldiers were thrown. I was praying all the time, hoping that my Evgeny was not going to be there. I could not and did not want to believe that he was murdered. When we were taking out the remnants, I recognized his boots. However, I still refused to accept the fact of his death, until someone found his cross. Then I fainted.

Evgeny Rodionov was murdered by Ruslan Khaikhoroyev. This bandit confessed that himself. Your son had a choice to stay alive. He could convert to Islam, but he did not agree to take his cross off. He also tried to escape once,¦ said Khaikhoroyev. The guerrilla was killed together with his bodyguards on August 23, 1999 in a fight between armed Chechen groups. When Lubov Rodionova came back home, Evgeny-s father died five days after the funeral. He could not stand the loss of his son.

Archpriest Dmitry Smirnov, acting chairman of the Moscow Patriarchy department for cooperation with the Armed Forces, says that Evgeny Rodionov will definitely be canonized. The adequate inquiry has already been made, although more information about Evgeny's fate is needed. Father Dmitry said that Evgeny would be canonized as soon as the information was collected.

A sign in memory of the brave Russian border guard was put at the entrance to the school, where he studied. There was also a documentary released about him. The writings on Evgeny-s grave cross run: Russian soldier Evgeny Rodionov is buried here. He defended his Fatherland and did not disavow Christ. He was executed on May 23, 1996, on the outskirts of Bamut.¦

We know that he had to go through horrible, long-lasting sufferings that could be compared to the ones of great martyrs in ancient times. They were beheaded, dismembered, but they remained devoted to Jesus Christ anyway,¦ priest Alexander Shargunov said during the requiem in Evgeny Rodionov-s memory.

Sergey Stefanov PRAVDA.Ru

Translated by Dmitry Sudakov

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Russia; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: islam; mohammedans; muslims; persecution

Muhammad-inspired persecution of Christians, Jews and all non-Muslims continues...

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1 posted on 01/25/2004 9:17:57 PM PST by miltonim
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To: miltonim
I've heard this story before. May the soul of a brave soldier rest in peace.
2 posted on 01/25/2004 9:27:16 PM PST by U S Army EOD (Volunteer for EOD and you will never have to worry about getting wounded.)
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To: miltonim
May he rest in peace now. May God grant strength to his mother and the rest of his family.
3 posted on 01/25/2004 9:29:57 PM PST by cake_crumb (UN Resolutions = Very Expensive, Very SCRATCHY Toilet Paper)
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To: miltonim
He looks like all of our sons. It must ease his Mom's excruciating pain to know that he remained a good Christian and a strong soldier to the end. May God remain with her.
4 posted on 01/25/2004 9:45:43 PM PST by BykrBayb (Temporary tagline. Applied to State of New Jersey for permanent tagline (12/24/03).)
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To: RussianConservative
You might find this interesting.....

5 posted on 01/25/2004 9:52:10 PM PST by Blue Scourge (A bill of rights is what the people are entitled to against every government on earth - T. Jefferson)
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To: miltonim
Religion of Peace - bump!
6 posted on 01/25/2004 10:07:29 PM PST by BenR2 ((John 3:16: Still True Today.))
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To: miltonim; xzins
7 posted on 01/25/2004 10:08:13 PM PST by AndrewC (I am a Bertrand Russell agnostic, even an atheist.</sarcasm>)
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To: miltonim; RussianConservative
Rest in peace, Christian Soldier.

The Chechens are no different than Al Qaida or the Taliban. Why Russia doesn't depopulate the entire state is beyond me. Likewise, why is it that we aren't helping them?

Instead of pushing NATO expansion, we should be offering military assistance to Russia. (As a Cold War vet, it is hard for me to believe I said that.) NATO is dead, thanks to the Franco-German axis, yet we keep it alive through our participation. Nations like Poland or Bulgaria don't really want to be NATO allies, they want to be US allies. We should be doing far more to bring Russia into our camp versus alienating them into the EU's sphere. Eventually, the EU will be both of our enemies, just as China will be (or is).

We as Americans have far more in common with the people of Russia than we do those of most of the EU. Our governments should come to realize that fact.
8 posted on 01/25/2004 10:52:33 PM PST by 11B3 (Let's get as much of our nation back as we can in 2004.)
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To: RussianConservative
9 posted on 01/25/2004 11:35:20 PM PST by BrooklynGOP (
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To: U S Army EOD
Insane Murder Cult bump.
10 posted on 01/25/2004 11:37:09 PM PST by Travis McGee (----- -----)
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To: sharkhawk
After your comments regarding the Orthodox Church.... here is another article you should perhaps read.
11 posted on 01/26/2004 12:00:26 AM PST by Lion in Winter
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To: AndrewC
This Russian army of today appears to appreciate Christian soldiers. It's thought provoking, isn't it?

The religion of peace scores another direct hit. Kind thing they did.
12 posted on 01/26/2004 7:34:36 AM PST by xzins (Retired Army and Proud of It!!)
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To: 11B3
The Chechens are no different than Al Qaida or the Taliban. Why Russia doesn't depopulate the entire state is beyond me. Likewise, why is it that we aren't helping them?

Because Russia like Israel not even half barbarian that West and Islamics constantly accuse of. If it was like Stalin's SU, which so many West leaders admire still, then in first month all Chechins dead. Instead, Christian Russia as Jewish Israel try to make something sane from personal view, depopulate by moving all Chechin out and arm Cossaks, create new Horde and give Central Caucusia (former Chechnya) to colonize. Give bounty on heads of Islamics.

13 posted on 01/26/2004 7:57:00 AM PST by RussianConservative (Xristos: the Light of the World)
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To: Lion in Winter
What was sharkhawk comments?
14 posted on 01/26/2004 10:58:05 AM PST by RussianConservative (Xristos: the Light of the World)
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To: miltonim
At least not skinned alive like so many soldiers in Afghanistan during the 80's or decapitated like so, so many in Algeria, Kashmir etc. Or like Daniel Pearl, dismembered after the decapitation.

15 posted on 01/26/2004 11:01:46 AM PST by swarthyguy
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To: miltonim
Such barbarity from Chechens who were Christian until the 18th century.
16 posted on 02/13/2004 10:32:20 AM PST by eleni121 (Preempt and Prevent)
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