He was born in 1970. Photojournalist; almost 50 trips to Chechnya in 1994-2010, respectively. In 2008, completed a course of portrait photos International Center photo (ICP) in New York. Merit: "Interphoto 2002"; Prize Borovik; Overseas Press-Club of America (OPC) — 2005; Days Japan — Japanese photofestival prize, 1st place in the category "Portrait" (for a series of portraits of special forces veterans) on competition NPPA: Best of Photojournalism.
Collaborated with leading illustrated magazines, among which "Russian Reporter", "Big Brother», TIME, American Photo Magazine, Der Spiegel, Stern, GEO, Paris Match, Figaro Magazine, Newsweek International, Sunday Times Magazine, New York Times, Esquire Magazine ( USA), National Geographic (USA), Foto & Video, and others.
So, what I was shooting them? This is not a military-patriotic project. Not propaganda intelligence agencies. On the contrary, I took off in spite of prohibitions, bureaucratic barriers, prejudice and resistance to various news services and centers to promote not know what and who … I call it a historical photographic project.
Both of my grandfathers fought wars. Stories about the majestic war against fascism, repeated many times — is of youth. There were also military and adventure novels Sabatini and Dumas, and severe war prose Stepanova and Pikul. "War and Peace" I read twice — the first time in the school, of course. Here then is the first time I saw a gallery of heroes of the war of 1812 in the Hermitage. Kutuzov, Miloradovich Uvarov, Bagration, Davydov, Shakhovskoy Ermoloff … This is the gallery of formal portraits in a special way encouraged me in the process.
I would love to have time to take them off for now. Until they are gone or until completely retreated into a shell blind unbelief and loneliness. I see the smile skeptics formal portrait? No, of course the same … My portraits are not ceremonial. In-1's, I took all the black-and-white film to achieve more dramatic, and then … after all Photos born black and white, is not it? In-2-all before the 1st shot in the genre of "low-key" and are faster to type of mental portrait. But the general is. And there are war heroes. But there, in the 1820s, these characters were not classified. Faster opposite — the government itself I wish that people knew their own saviors and heroes. I was shooting non-public people, who are used to avoid media attention. They occasionally feted as heroes of modern military history. But they are all true, nonfictional characters.
I started shooting in September 2008, and the last portrait made in August 2011. I love military history, learn it from books, military memoirs and documentaries. But no book, no picture will not change the luxury of communicating with the living part of the action. This true luxury — the chance to make a "journey in a time machine" — I gave the project. All that has been the secret to our new stories from 1979 to the present day, all that I do not have told a Russian school — that's what I vyznat of them veterans of the special units. They read as me. And already for that alone I am infinitely grateful to them.
KGB special forces captain, the group "A", from 1980 to 1991. Veteran of the Afghan campaign, a member of several counter-terrorist operations. Coach karate, kick-boxing and fighting. He graduated from St. Tikhon Orthodox Humanitarian University, the center of spiritual education of military personnel.
Afghanistan, in 1985, lieutenant, detective
Sergey A. Illarionov
Chechnya, in 2001, the foreman of
Interior Ministry Special Forces Major, 7th unit of special purpose MIA "Rosich."
Green Beret veteran 2-Chechen wars, he rose from private to senior assistant chief of staff for Special Operations OCH number 7.
In March of 2000 during the siege of the village of Komsomolsk ambushed by gunmen Gelaev in full force killed a group of reconnaissance squad — 22 fighter. Illarionov, who was then the position of foreman, together with 4 ordinary riot police voluntarily and without guns off the rebels for talks on the issue of the bodies. Having survived izymatelstva and risk being shot, Illarionov was able to bring the situation under control and with great difficulty made arrangements for extradition "of two hundred" in exchange for a promise to evacuate the village of belligerent several 10-s the wounded fighters and hand them over to local residents, and to bury the dead bodies gelaevtsev.
This story was kept secret for nine years, and at his own heroism Illarionov then was not marked in any way. Only later, after a languid wounded, Major was presented the Order of Courage. Participated in the number of hidden bolshennom and special operations.
Tajikistan, 1992 (right)
The commander of the 177th separate group of special purpose GRU of the General Staff.
Veteran of the Afghan campaign, was wounded. In 1989 he took command of the 15-th separate brigade of special purpose GRU of the General Staff in the Turkestan military environment. During the period of civilian war in Tajikistan — one of the founders of the People's Front an
d the organizer of the guerrilla movement. During the second Chechen campaign, being in the position of councilor for planning special operations commander in the western direction of the Joint Group of Federal Forces in the North Caucasus, Vladimir Shamanov, has developed an operation to luring fighters Basayev's a minefield, resulting in several 10-s of them were killed, and the Basayev lost a leg.
In 2005-2008, was kept in detention, "Sailor's Silence" in connection with charges of plotting the assassination of Anatoly Chubais. In 2010, and was acquitted on the same day or the subsequent again taken into custody — on charges of rebellion and terrorism. At this point is contained in the detention center "Lefortovo".
KGB training base outside Moscow, in 1978, lieutenant, detective (center)
Special Forces lieutenant of the KGB. He worked in the KGB from 1974 to 1982. Detective comprising a first set of "A" group. Operational cover — Senior Research Institute shift foreman "Ray." Beautiful athlete at that time the best in the KGB Spetsnaz master of martial arts.
Member of the Kabul operation in December 1979, attacked the presidential palace. Specifically Plyusnin during the assault fulfilled the main task — to eliminate Hafizullah Amin. For his role in the operation was awarded the Order of the Red Banner. The forthcoming fate of the hero is tragic and almost all recalls the fate of Russian hero-submariner Alexander Marinesco: he was suspended from work in the KGB special forces, deprived of party membership card and dismissed from the authorities. Plyusnin painfully found a new purpose in life, vegetated ordinary working at the factory, he worked in the restructuring of the hotel "Beijing", then quietly retired. Who knew Plyusnina people have pointed out that the nature of self-Plus "man of war", intended for his own work, and in the history of the "A" was not that of the second turretless and desperately brave officer.
Sergey, call sign "Alligator"
Chechnya, Spring 2003, lieutenant, commander of the group (second from left)
Interior Ministry special forces captain. Veteran of both Chechen campaigns, the commander of the reconnaissance OCH number 16. Member of the many hidden and special operations in the North Caucasus. Was twice wounded. He was awarded the Order of Courage.
YUSHKOV Sergey G.
Chechnya, Stern, 1996, captain, commander of the group (the last one on the right)
Interior Ministry special forces colonel. Green Beret, a veteran of both Chechen campaigns, head of intelligence OCH number 8 was among the very first group of officers who were awarded the Star of the Hero of the Russian Federation for their courage in fighting in the Kadar zone of Dagestan.
Special Forces colonel of the KGB, the group "A". The KGB worked from February 1966 to 1988. As part of the first set of "A" from July 1974. Operational cover — a mechanic for housing maintenance office. Perceived participation in almost all sovsekretnyh and special operations. Member of the Kabul operation during the storming of the palace Taj Beck lost his right arm, received the Order of the Red Banner personally from the hands of Yuri Andropov. After wounding held the post of party organizer of the "A" in the rank of deputy commander.
Edge Training Center, Yaroslavl region, in 1978, captain, detective
Kim Victor N.
Sabotage and intelligence unit of the KGB special purpose "Vympel". Member of the Kabul operation, army attacked the Afghan army. In the 80's doing puzzles hidden in the countries of Southeast Asia. One of the control units of special purpose KGB "Vympel".
Kovtun Vladimir P.
GRU colonel, the 186-th separate brigade of special purpose GRU of the General Staff. Veteran of the Afghan campaign. Had seven bullet wounds. In January 1987, the group seized him in action first samples of MANPADS "Stinger". During the service twice awarded the Order of the Red Star.
Afghanistan, Zabul Province, in 1987, lieutenant, commander of the group (third from left)
Center for special purpose FSB control "B" ("Pennant"). Veteran 2-Chechen campaigns, party counter-terrorist operations in Budennovsk and Nord-Ost in Moscow