Tragedy at the site: You are always to blame, soldier

Tragedy at the site: You are always to blame, soldier


Alexander Shlakin himself went into the army. Now he may be behind bars
Elena Bogoslovskaya, a relative of Alexander Shlakin, who participated in the tragic incident on the night of April 8-9, when two officers died during the exercise, turned into the organization “Soldiers' Mothers of St. Petersburg”. They were shot from a tank. The military unit in Kamenka, as is known, is “famous” for tragic incidents.
“We were there after these two officers died at the exercises, met the colonel, who was temporarily appointed to perform the duties of the commander of the unit, and now he has also been taken off,” the “SP” correspondent toldChairman of the human rights organization “Soldiers' Mothers of St. Petersburg” Ella Polyakova.- We are not familiar with the new, just-appointed, but we hope for interaction. Kamenka has a very difficult situation: murders, thefts, untrained, untrained soldiers. We have seen this for many years.And now we are afraid that the soldier will be guilty of what happened, although the system is to blame: there are problems with the equipment, with the personnel, and with the managers.
So, two months after the incident, the picture of the tragedy is gradually becoming clear, about which no one except “Soldiers' Mothers” used to talk about. A criminal case was initiated under article 349 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation - “Violation of the rules for handling weapons, which resulted in the death of two or more persons”. Soldier Alexander Shlakin, the one who made the fatal shot, asked for help.
In his words, it was like this: the crew of the tank lost orientation and could not reach the target, which was repeatedly reported by radio to the battalion commander. The backlight on the instrument panel was insufficient, so not all indicators were clearly visible. As a result, the tank gun was turned 180 degrees. From the battalion commander and tank commander followed the command to shoot. The shell hit the tower where the officers were.
There is a consequence. No one has been charged yet. But the relatives of the soldier who was the gunner in that training battle, believe that Shlakin is being made a scapegoat. The command is trying to prove that a conscript soldier was trained and regularly participated in firing. But there are a lot of inconsistencies.
The bulbs on the dashboard of the tank were urgently replaced; Alexander repeatedly reported the poor performance to the company commander, but didn’t get any response from him in time. “In the last training battle,” reports Elena Bogoslovskaya, “the nephew reported to the commander that he did not have to shoot with a regular shell in general and at night in particular. This statement was ignored by the commander. ”
“We shot at training targets only during the day, at night I never shot, said this before the race during the exercise to the company commander, but he said nothing in reply,” Alexander Shlakin told the Free Press, “I actually thought that probably into the forest. In the device, I saw the target, told the tank commander: I observe the target. The commander said this to the battalion commander, he gave the command to make a shot. What I took for the purpose, obviously, was whether the lamp, or the laptop of the officers in the tower. During firing all this should be disabled, only the target is highlighted. What I observed in the device looked exactly the same as the target. No difference.
"SP": - What functions did you perform in that battle?
- I was a gunner.
"SP": - Have any of the commanders already punished for what happened?
- Kombriga removed from office. They say that for this. When the commission arrived from Moscow, they said that armor-piercing shells should have been used for this type of exercise, and we acted with high-explosive fragmentation.
"SP": - What is the difference?
- The high-explosive fragmentation shells have a large damaging force, the fragments fly away and hit everyone within a radius of 50-100 meters. And if they had shot armor-piercing, the same tower would have been punched, but the officers could have survived. We fired the same shells in the training room.
"SP": - Why did you not see that the gun was deployed in the opposite direction from the target?
- The position indicator of the gun was not highlighted on the device. I just reported on this to the company commander, senior lieutenant, but he did not say anything.
"SP": - When did you find out that you hit the tower?
- In the morning, after the exercises. Now the investigator says that everything is against me, that they will put me in prison. Whatever I say to the investigator, everything turns against me. But there are many guilty in that error.
- Now both the investigator and the lawyer appointed by the investigation strongly advise Sasha not to tell anyone anything, not to draw the attention of the press to the investigation,- A relative of Alexander Shlakina Elena Bogoslovskaya told “Free Press”, “Two weeks ago, when relatives came to collect money for a lawyer, I realized that they want to make him extreme. A free lawyer immediately requested 15 thousand rubles. I believe that his mistake is a consequence of the work of all the higher officers. He himself did not shoot of his own accord. In the army, everything is done on orders. He simply carried out the order he was given. So, this is a mistake of those who gave the order, and Sasha was only a performer.
"SP": - A good performer? Was he prepared enough for a night fight?
- The fact of the matter is that no. In those days, when they had exercises in the winter, Sasha was on vacation, he had a daughter then. He never fired a regular projectile, and even more so at night. He said this to the commander, but he ignored his appeals, shrugged all the reaction. It was also with the control panels in the tank. All these shortcomings accumulated, and here they "shot."
"SP": - How does Sasha relate to military service?
- He went to the army of his own accord, he prepared for it, finished a driving school, got a driver's license. He deliberately went for it.On June 25 last year, he had a diploma defense, on June 27 he married, and he had a postponement of conscription until the autumn, but he himself wanted to serve as soon as possible. Sasha from a large family, who lives in the Ivanovo region, graduated from college, technical school, agricultural academy in Ivanovo, worked for two jobs so as not to ask for money from parents and support himself. Never asked for help. And now I did not immediately know that this trouble happened with him. But this could have happened to anyone else. Because in fact it is the fault of the commanding staff: they were not taught enough, and then they were led at night to fire with live shells. They said to him: if he comes to confess, he may be conditionally given. But now everything goes to the fact that the term will not be conditional. A daughter of 4.5 months, his wife in Kineshma is waiting for him ...
P.S.We tried to get answers to questions posed by Alexander from the investigation. However, in the military investigation department of the Leningrad Military District, comments are not given until the end of the investigation.

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  • Tragedy at the site: You are always to blame, soldier

    Tragedy at the site: You are always to blame, soldier

    Tragedy at the site: You are always to blame, soldier

    Tragedy at the site: You are always to blame, soldier

    Tragedy at the site: You are always to blame, soldier

    Tragedy at the site: You are always to blame, soldier

    Tragedy at the site: You are always to blame, soldier

    Tragedy at the site: You are always to blame, soldier

    Tragedy at the site: You are always to blame, soldier

    Tragedy at the site: You are always to blame, soldier

    Tragedy at the site: You are always to blame, soldier

    Tragedy at the site: You are always to blame, soldier

    Tragedy at the site: You are always to blame, soldier

    Tragedy at the site: You are always to blame, soldier

    Tragedy at the site: You are always to blame, soldier

    Tragedy at the site: You are always to blame, soldier

    Tragedy at the site: You are always to blame, soldier

    Tragedy at the site: You are always to blame, soldier

    Tragedy at the site: You are always to blame, soldier

    Tragedy at the site: You are always to blame, soldier

    Tragedy at the site: You are always to blame, soldier

    Tragedy at the site: You are always to blame, soldier

    Tragedy at the site: You are always to blame, soldier

    Tragedy at the site: You are always to blame, soldier

    Tragedy at the site: You are always to blame, soldier

    Tragedy at the site: You are always to blame, soldier

    Tragedy at the site: You are always to blame, soldier

    Tragedy at the site: You are always to blame, soldier

    Tragedy at the site: You are always to blame, soldier

    Tragedy at the site: You are always to blame, soldier

    Tragedy at the site: You are always to blame, soldier

    Tragedy at the site: You are always to blame, soldier

    Tragedy at the site: You are always to blame, soldier

    Tragedy at the site: You are always to blame, soldier

    Tragedy at the site: You are always to blame, soldier

    Tragedy at the site: You are always to blame, soldier

    Tragedy at the site: You are always to blame, soldier

    Tragedy at the site: You are always to blame, soldier

    Tragedy at the site: You are always to blame, soldier

    Tragedy at the site: You are always to blame, soldier

    Tragedy at the site: You are always to blame, soldier

    Tragedy at the site: You are always to blame, soldier