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06-27-2011, 04:35 PM
I despise the wretched Communists to the core of my heart and nothing will ever change that. However I came across this art and felt I had to share it. It gives a different perspective on Afghanistan and I am of the belief that if we ever want to expand our horizons for learning then we must observe all perspectives. Afterall we will learn more from our enemies than we ever will from our allies.
Please enjoy.

(My apologies if this has been posted before - I could not find it)

Vladimir Grigoriev
Bazarak is a village in Panjshir. This is a destroyed fence against Mala Mountain. Spring, 1986.
Out from Bazarak.
The path to Rukha. Spring 1986.
Pyavusht Canyon.
The Pyavusht canyon in Panjshir viewed from security outpost #23 on the right. Autumn, 1986.
View of Rukha from the top of the mountain.
The same canyon viewed from the top of the mountain. Autumn, 1986.
Night time at the village of Bazarak. Spring, 1986.
View of the villAge from the "green zone". Parwan province. Autumn 1985.
'Pessimistic still-life'. July 1987.
Security post of the 682 motorized rifle regiment. Rukha. Summer, 1987.

Anatoly Khomutinnikov
After the battle, 1989.
Petr Solncev
Rukha in Panjshir. 682 Motorized rifle regiment. Winter, 1986.
Dreams about home.
Night guard at the helicopter airfield in Rukha.
Afghan Comic 1.
Afghan Comic 2.
Afghan Comic 3.

Konstantin Zubrilin
Special forces preparing to raid. Summer in Kabul, 1986.
During the war the white doves still stayed in Mazar i Sharif. The caretaker feeds them.
Kabul, personnel officers on duty.
Monument of Independence from the British Raj. It is a pity these **** didn't learn from it.
Salang Pass, Logar. Moving towards the fight. Known notoriously as 'The Guantlet'
One of the tanks that were part of the assault on Daud's palace.
Topayi-Tadjbek Palace (Amin Palace). The active Soviet military participation in Afghanistan began from the storming of this palace in December 27, 1979. Up to February 1989 - HQ of the Soviet troops.
Darul Aman Palace.
A boundry post left over from Alexander the Great.
MI-8 helicopters in Kabul.
The People's Police. Supposed allies of the Communists.
Salang Pass. The obelisk is a monument to KIA military traffic-controllers who would drop like flies at the hands of the Mujahideen.
Marching column of BMP-2 armoured carriers.
The road to Salang Pass.
Kabul, Independence Square.
The Peasant.
The Soivet Officer.
A central district in Kabul.
Before the shop opens.

Sergey Vizitiu
MI-24 Patrol in Afghan skies.
In Action.
Ambush on the road.

The Communists search the nearby rocks for Mujahideen whilst their convoy is ambushed.
Alhamdulillah, Mujahid taking aim.
Bamiyan art.
Powerful contrast.

I knew a good website a few years ago that had many good war art of the Soviet invasion. I cannot seem to find it anymore. I will look for it.
If you have any such art please share.

06-27-2011, 06:35 PM
thats beutifull art work

Catya Sher
06-27-2011, 08:46 PM
A very rare contribution - good research !

Some of the art is remarkable.

Very little is in that "socialist realism" style which is so horrible.

Some are just watercolors, sketches of Afghan scenes.

I think it's meant to be a babushka [grandmother or elderly woman in
Russia] holding her head at the
casualty number of 5000 Soviet lives lost.

Those Mi-24's are SO scary looking even at this distance.
I feel right now that I must run, hide under rock, put my chaderi carefully over
everything so pilots can not see my white tennis shoes, as Mujahideen warned me they could easily from a surprising distance away.

06-27-2011, 09:36 PM
most of the artwork is very well done. good find, haris.

06-27-2011, 11:33 PM
wakhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh dar wos hem pa khobono ka yad sate roos :)

07-05-2011, 06:39 PM
The writing reads: "The war is finished! Let's go home!"

The story behind it is here:

Catya Sher
07-05-2011, 09:16 PM
Probably the Soviet soldiers agreed 100 % with the above -
they weren't allowed to express any dissent so the full
extent of the disenchantment with Moscow's blunderous campaign
into Afghanistan may never be fully realized.

Catya Sher
07-05-2011, 09:18 PM
The cross is mysterious as its obviously from the earlier Imperial era.

Apparently it is one of 4 crosses placed for the 300th anniversary of the Romanov
on each of 4 far corners of the Russian Empire.

This one was presumably the one at Kushka, Turkmenistan.

Interesting for me to see.

07-18-2011, 02:57 PM
Such art is very rare, mainly because those veterans never thought to publish their work. I also came across one or two archive sites but the web sites were outdated and not working.

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A military post
A village near Kabul
Caravan in the Hindu Kush XbExiT9FKdcMV7LYoa3&t=1

I posted these 2 before but they were small so you couldn't see properly:

That's it, I have just saturated the internet to find these. There is no more art left to post.

Hope you enjoyed it.

07-19-2011, 07:52 AM
pretty amazing haris, thanks.

06-25-2012, 02:49 PM
Half of the images in the first post aren't showing anymore for some reason including my favourite one. Luckily I had saved them to my computer.

I also found some new ones.

This is my favourite one.