True Heroes: Interview with Veteran of the Chechen Campaign, Ivan Mikryukov

Among the teachers and staff of South Ural State University are several former military officers and true heroes. On the occasion of the nearing Defender of the Fatherland Day, they told us about their years of service, the experience they gained, and the necessity of military service. One of them is a staff member from the South Ural State University Repairs and Construction Division, who took part in the counter-terrorist operation in the Northern Caucus, Ivan Mikryukov, awarded with two Medals for Courage for his honour and bravery while executing special assignments.


Where did you serve, and how did you begin your service?

I got lucky, I served in the Parachute Corps from 1998 to 2000. I participated in the counter-terrorist operation in the North Caucus. I wanted to serve and I tried to be assigned to the Parachute Corps in particular. I worked towards this and played some sports. In my school years I decided that I wanted to keep doing that. Serving in the army was a period of life that became a good lesson for me, I gained life-long friends. After military service, many people, including myself, bring a huge amount of life experience back to civilian life. Boys become men. You understand the value of friendship, words, and your parents. Service in the army trains peoples’ bravery, discipline, independence, responsibility, and the ability to stand up for yourself.

Do you think military service is necessary for everyone?

Yes, every young man who respects himself must complete military service. Young men must go through this school to gain the necessary values and learn how to treat their friends and loved ones properly. This is a school of life and courage. I was lucky, I had good superiors who truly taught me a lot.

What are your wishes for defenders of the Fatherland?

I wish you good health and prosperity to your families, professional growth, and absence of conflicts.


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