The reason for the hatred of the first Russian President Boris Yeltsin towards the Vympel special forces was the refusal of the soldiers to destroy the Supreme Soviet in 1993. On Thursday, August 19, “Lente.ru” was told about this by one of the veterans of “Vympel”, reserve colonel of the Federal Security Service (FSB) of Russia Valery Kiselev.
“(In 1993 – approx. “Lenta.ru”) Yeltsin directly insisted on the destruction of the Supreme Soviet. Now it is safe to say that it was all illegal. He said: “Let’s destroy this red-brown bastard”, – said Kiselev.
According to him, in “Vympel” Yeltsin was told that they would develop an operation and “solve the problem” in 40 minutes, but only after they received a written order. However, this order was never followed. As noted by Kiselev, Yeltsin “understood our sentiments.”
“As a result, 12 officers of” Alpha “and” Vympel “came out with raised hands to the White House. They talked to Rutskoi [Александр Руцкой, вице-президент РФ] and Khasbulatov [Руслан Хасбулатов, председатель Верховного Совета РФ] – and they made the right decision: they didn’t fight and saved the lives of people, ”said the veteran of Vympel.
As Kiselev emphasized, as a result of those events in 1994, the special unit was “finally finished off”: “Vympel” was transferred to the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.
Earlier on August 19, a reserve FSB colonel told Lente.ru that there are still pro-Russian groups in Afghanistan that “feel quite normal” thanks to weapons caches made by the Soviet military.