Ilya Anatolyevich Kasyanov was born on May 28, 1961.
He studied at school and then in the Suvorov's Military
School in the city of Minsk, where he chose and came
to love the profession of a military man. At that time
tutors noted the main features of his character - to
take care of his classmates and protect everybody who
needed his help.
Two years later after graduating from Kiev Military
College, he found himself in his first war in Afganistan.
In November 1984 he was badly wounded. There was a danger
of amputating his leg. But due to the efforts taken
by doctors as well as to his strong health everything
was all right. After the hospital he returned to the
war in Asfganistan and joined his subordinates to act
as a military intelligence service man. At that time
the phrases defining his attitude to soldiers were born
such as " What about me? I am always ready to find
a way to be alive. And what about my soldiers?"
The phrases became very popular among soldiers. He taught
them to win and find a way to be alive. The losses among
his subordinates were always minimal.
Namely in Afganistan he was first presented to the
title of a Hero, at that time it was a Hero of the USSR.
However functionaries decided that the absence of losses
was not a reason for giving him a title of a Hero.
After Afganistan he served in different troops on various
posts. In 1994 he was appointed as a chief of a motorized
Then Chechnya came. It was the first war and most difficult.
He was wounded. Again as in Afganistan he was presented
to the title of a Hero. Thanks to Kasyanov who commanded
the intelligence service the detachment didn't suffer
losses. Soldiers' mothers can tell you what it means...
The edict on awarding him the title of a Hero of Russia
was dated on 15 May, 1996. After the end of the war
he went on his service in the Army. On getting to know
about the courses of the UN observers in Solnechnogorsk
he seriously began to study English which is one of
the working languages of the UN peace-keepers.
Having passed the entrance exams with the excellent
results he joined the courses of the UN peacekeepers
in October 1996.
The activities of a UN military observer are similar
to those of a military man. The difference is the following:
a UN observer must solve tasks without using weapons
guided by the UN authority. However both a peacekeeper
and a military man must take care of their collegues,
subordinates and avoid unjustified losses and must provide
assistance to everybody who needs it.
After finishing the courses in Solnechnogorsk he worked
as a UN military observer in the international community
in the Western Sahara and he was awarded the UN medal
"In the Service of Peace".
After returning from the Western Sahara and having
a short rest he got an interesting job as a teacher
of the "Vystrel" Military Academy and as a
tutor of the youth NGO in the city of Tver.
When the second war in Chechnya broke out Kasyanov
went there again. He died on 8 November 1999.
This is how it happened. The group of officers, Kasyanov
was among them, went to the area of fighting activities
for reconnaissance. And suddenly the group was covered
by the mortar fire of the terrorists. Ilya Anatolyevich
was badly wounded, but still being alive he did his
best to save his group. He made injections for himself
and continued to lead the group. A helicopter was called
on but because of the heavy fog it couldn't land. Time
passed quickly and his life was in danger. Finally he
was brought to the hospital with the blood pressure
equal to "0". The doctors managed to raise
the pressure to "80". But they didn't have
either facilities to transfuse blood or the blood itself.
He was burried in the Glory Alley of Dmitrovo-Cherkasskoe
cemetry in Tver as a Russian officer and a peacekeeper.
Now the regional authorities are planning to give the
name of the Russian Hero Lieutenant-Colonel Ilya Kasyanov
to one of the Tver's streets.
was made by members of
the Young UN Supporter's Club, School #1224, Moscow)