Wednesday, March 6, 2013
From Russia with love
War produces some pretty odd stories. A Russian soldier who went missing only a few months after the Russians invaded Afghanistan in 1979 and who had been presumed dead, has been found living in Afghanistan some 33 years later. He has been living a nomadic existence as an Afghan sheik. Can you imagine how shocked his family must be? To put this in perspective, it would be like finding an American missing in action from the Vietnam War in 2002...
A Russian soldier who went missing 33 years ago during the Soviet Union’s ill-fated Afghan War has been found alive, living a semi-nomadic existence.
Red Army conscript Bakhretdin Khakimov was presumed dead by Soviet chiefs. In fact, he had been wounded in battle in 1980 and was rescued and cared for by locals.
He adopted an Afghan name, Sheikh Abdullah, married a local woman, who later died, and now practises herbal medicine in the western province of Herat.
When finally discovered by his comrads, Khakimov was sad to hear about the US hockey team beating the Soviet Union at Lake Placid and was shocked to learn of Elvis' death. Experts say the only region in the world more desolate than the lawless tribal regions of Afghanistan is the Seneca/Duerstein neighborhood in South Buffalo.