Orenburg Mourns the Loss of Young Soldier in Palmyra

Dear Readers:

In previous posts I had brought you some news and thoughts about the liberation of Palmyra from ISIS barbarians:  here, here, and here.

In this current post I have a sad but uplifting story  about a young Russian soldier who gave his life in this epic struggle of Civilization vs. Barbarism.

Alexander Prokhorenko was born in the town of Gorodki, in the Tiulgansky Region of Orenburg, Russia.

To put things in geographical context:  Orenburg is what is called “Central Russia”, also at Russia’s southern border, just above Kazakhstan.

Upon finishing school, Alexander entered the Military Academy of Air Defense for the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation.

The 25-year-old soldier was stationed in Syria, most likely serving in a secret “Spetsnaz” unit on the ground.  For the week prior to his death, Alexander’s job was to spot terrorist targets and provide precise coordinates to Russian bombers.  This is an extremely dangerous job, requiring courage and fortitude.

ISIS headchoppers wantonly destroy ancient arch in Palmyra.

During his final mission, Alexander found himself surrounded by ISIS terrorists.  His situation was hopeless.  He bravely drew their fire onto himself, gave his own coordinates to the bombers, and perished in the heat of battle, taking a bunch of terrorists down with him.  Due to this feat, the English tabloid “Daily Mirror” called Alexander a “Russian Rambo”.

One of Alexander’s friends said to journalists:  “I am extremely proud of the heroism shown by this simple country boy, who was able to delineate targets, and who gave his life to save ours.”

Alexander’s death was communicated to his parents and to his wife at home.  Living in a small town, the entire town is also in mourning, according to the locals.

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7 Responses to Orenburg Mourns the Loss of Young Soldier in Palmyra

  1. marknesop says:

    Where does the quote come from – “Tell them I was brave and I fought until I could no longer”. Is this attributed to Prokhorov? If so, he must have passed it by radio, and must have known the services he had just requested would result in his death. Incidentally, it is frequently the choice of special forces personnel in many countries to elect death over capture, owing to the probability they will be used as a hostage for negotiating purposes rather than the probability that they will be horribly murdered by their captors (although that must figure in their thinking as well).

    From what we are told of the incident, his conduct was certainly in the finest tradition of armed combat, and his family, friends and country should be very proud of his selfless courage.

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  2. marknesop says:

    Also, Novaya Gazeta reports the death of a seventh Russian soldier, Alexander Prokhorenko. His name is eerily similar to that of Alexander Prokhorov, and he is also allegedly from the Orenburg region. No specific details appear to be included in this report. He is from Pokrovka.

    http://www.fort-russ.com/2016/04/media-reports-death-of-seventh-russian.html

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    • yalensis says:

      That’s interesting. I don’t know if the Orenburg connection is just a coincidence. Or maybe there is a base there which trains spetsnaz for Syrian operation. Not sure.

      Also, admittedly, I do not know where the quote comes from “Tell them I was brave and I fought until I could no longer”. I just saw that on the internet. I think it probably comes from the English-language tabloid press.

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    • yalensis says:

      Mea maxima culpa.
      I wrote the man’s name wrong in my piece. Total bone-head mistake..
      I am going to fix it right now with an update to my piece. MY guy’s name is Alexander Prokhorenko. Not Prokhorov. The other soldier from Orenburg who died, is named Vadim Tumakov. My apologies to everyone.

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  3. Jen says:

    Snopes.com carries an English-language translation of the conversation between Alexander Prokhorenko and his superiors just before he died:
    http://www.snopes.com/russian-soldiers-last-words/

    Snopes.com’s opinion is that the quotation is still as yet unverified.

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    • yalensis says:

      Thanks for posting this, Jen. The article is reasonable and well-balanced attempt to fact-check this story. I only don’t like the title “Soldier of Fortune”. That’s what they call mercenaries, and Prokhorenko was no mercenary. Regardless of whether his heroics were exaggerated or not.

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      • marknesop says:

        “Of course, just because something makes a good story doesn’t mean it’s untrue. It’s difficult to figure out which the case of 25-year-old Lieutenant Alexander Prokherenko might be: That he existed and was killed in Syria seems to be vetted information, but the information that surfaced afterward could either be genuine or an example of the news media serving as a battleground in yet another proxy war (this one of information), with each salvo playing out and reverberating in the English-language press, aided and abetted by news outlets that uncritically print stories guaranteed to bring in pageviews regardless of whether or not they are genuine.”

        Stay classy, Snopes, and the American media. Far from salvos being exchanged back and forth in the English-speaking media, when that English-speaking media arrives upon a narrative it is comfortable with, it simply stops reporting the other side, as if they had given up.

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