Lieutenant who seized first Stringer in Afghanistan made a Hero of Russia
The award was timed to the 30th anniversary of the withdrawal of Soviet troops from Afghanistan.
Vladimir Kovtun, a participant in hostilities in Afghanistan in the 1980s, was awarded the title of Hero of Russia. This is reported by RBC.
Kovtun was honored with the high award for his feat, accomplished in January 1987, when he participated in the battles as a lieutenant. Kovtun pursued an armed mojahed and was able to capture the Stringer man-portable air defense system, which the latter carried with him. The enemy had important documents with him, including instructions for weapons. As it turned out, it was the first captured weapon of this kind.
All fighters of the group were awarded a reward after returning from the trip. However, none of the soldiers were awarded title of Hero of Russia.
To recall, the award was timed to the 30th anniversary of the withdrawal of Soviet troops from Afghanistan. It was completed on February 15, 1989.