Soviet War Veteran Found Alive In Afghanistan After 33 Years.

#1
No, not the longest E&E in history. He's been found living under a new name after being taken in by Afghan's after being wounded during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan.

A Soviet soldier who went missing in Afghanistan nearly 33 years ago has been found living with Afghans in the western province of Herat.
The soldier is semi-nomadic, has the adopted Afghan name Sheikh Abdullah and practises herbal medicine, Russia's RIA news agency reports.
An ethnic Uzbek, he was found by ex-Soviet veterans of the war.


BBC News - Soviet war veteran found in Afghanistan after 33 years
 
#2
Was there not a policy of the Mujahideen to offer Soviet soldiers the 'choice' to either convert or die? I imagine also that there are a fair number of half-breed Afghans, whose mothers are a little reticent about discussing the father.
 

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#3
there's hundreds of them out there. watched a thing a few months back maybe RT where afghansi were going home to see their old families.
 
#4
It's all the same region. Only just over the border , which is a line on a map, he's probably living with his sister. Hardly like finding an American in the jungles of north Vietnam 33 years later
 
#5
From the link: "Sheikh Abdullah bore the scars of his war wounds - a shaking hand and shoulder and nervous tic"

Nothing to do with the industrial strength vodka he had been raised on then?
 

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LE
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#6
From the link: "Sheikh Abdullah bore the scars of his war wounds - a shaking hand and shoulder and nervous tic"

Nothing to do with the industrial strength vodka he had been raised on then?
he could still be going through the DTs if he was raised on kvas
 
#7
Was there not a policy of the Mujahideen to offer Soviet soldiers the 'choice' to either convert or die? I imagine also that there are a fair number of half-breed Afghans, whose mothers are a little reticent about discussing the father.
Boris!
 

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LE
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#12
You'd need to drink quite a lot to get the DTs from it: Kvass - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
the stuff I was given - they told me was a rough vodka cleaned by dripping it through burnt bread as a charcoal filter - was cheaper than regular stuff and pretty rank. they did call it kvas though.

probably the local poteen
 
#13
I don't know, do Uzbeks drink that much?
Probably not, given the proximity of their border to Afghan. Drugs is probably the weapon of choice - forgive my poor analogy.
 

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LE
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#14
distilled fermented milk is the booze of the steppes IIRC
 
#17
I don't know, do Uzbeks drink that much?
The ones I have met either don't drink at all or drink like fish. There doesn't seem to be much middle ground.
 
#18
Bit of a non story. It's what, 300 miles from Herat to Mazar-e-sharif? That's like finding a missing Weegie living in London.
Have to agree. The stories of Japanese snipers emerging from the jungles of Borneo 30 years after the end of WW2 were much more interesting.
 

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LE
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#20
He's due about 3 years of POTL and a tour bonus of approximately £42,000 though...
I hope you haven't got any interest in that figure - mohammed (pbuh) says its the work of shaitan
 

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