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Missing Soviet soldier in Afghanistan denies to return home

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Missing Soviet soldier not returning homeAccording to Soviet veteran organization officials, the Soviet soldier found in Afghanistan after 33 years on a Missing in Action list has said it is too late for him to return to his native country.

The soldier-turned-healer, Bakhredtin Khakimov, who served in army intelligence, was seriously injured in 1980 in a skirmish between Soviet troops in Afghanistan and the local resistance, Russia’s state news agency RIA Novosti reported.

Alexey Eremenko who is currently known as Sheikh Abdullah was saved by a local village elder and traditional healer, who nurtured the Uzbekistan native back to health, took him under his wing and taught him the craft of healing.

A nonprofit Moscow-based Warriors-Internationalists Affairs Committee traced him to his current residence in the Shindand District. His fate was unknown to his comrades until February.

Eremenko reportedly spoke with his relatives after 33 years by telephone in western Herat province of Afghanistan.

Warriors-Internationalists Affairs Committee spokesman, fellow veteran Alexander Lavrentyev quoted by RIA Novosti said, Khakimov was saddened to learn his mother was dead, and close to tears when he was presented with a surprise pre-recorded video message from his brother in Uzbekistan.

Bakhredtin Khakimov also said he is not coming home.

The ex-Soviet soldier quoted cited by Lavrentyev said, “I have spent most of my life here, there’s nothing to talk about.”

According to reports Khakimov still has a hand tic and a metal plate in his skull from his injuries.

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