Book Excerpt: One Soldier’s War by Arkady Babchenko

 

Babchenko was drafted in the Russian Army in 1995 and served in the first Chechnya War. In 1999 Babchenko re-upped to fight in the Second Chechnya War, “I have no answer to why I went back there again. I don’t know. I just couldn’t help it. I was irresistibly drawn back there. Maybe it was because my past was there, a large part of my life. It was as if only my body had returned from that first war, but not my soul.”

 

Book Excerpt: One Soldier’s War by Arkady Babchenko
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