Boris Soldatenko’s book “At the Turning Point, or a Sphere for the Shadow” is dedicated to the confrontation between “old” and “new” officers in Russia in the 1990s.

Boris Soldatenko’s book “At the turning point, or a sphere for the shadow” was published by Arguments of the Week in the series “Masters of the Domestic Detective”. But it is impossible to call it just a detective novel, there are thousands and thousands in the country, because it is something more.

Our regular readers probably know that Arguments of the Week rarely publishes ordinary fiction, which is full of shelves in bookstores. Neither melodrama nor action novels are our hallmark. We no longer specialize in chewing gum for the brain, but in, say, “tasty and healthy food.” Our authors are philosophers, historians, analysts and other people whose opinions somehow resonate with eternity and provide answers to painful questions of both the past and the present. There is nothing shameful about entertainment literature. We just do not do it, there are many other players on this field.

But books and literature are such a difficult subject, where talented things are always somewhere at the intersection of genres and can not be clearly classified. So it was with Boris Soldatenko’s book.

Yes, it’s typically a military detective story and it does not seem to be a form for our publishing house. But at the same time, this book, like a mirror, reflected the most difficult moment for our whole country, for our Russian culture. Or rather, timelessness.

The book takes place in the “sacred” nineties, often referred to as the “bold nineties”. And “impulsive” here does not come from the word “impulsive”, but from the word “impulsive” – ​​in the sense of “evil, sorrow, misfortune”. Difficult times are difficult years, a time of turmoil, disasters and upheavals. So says the academic dictionary. That’s how it really was.

It is very difficult to talk about who was hit the hardest by that interval. But surely the army got the full plan. People who had always been considered the country’s elite, officers, were suddenly found thrown on the side of the road, along which the daring troika of thieves, who had caught their luck by the tail, were rushing. It has become a shame to be honest, to defend the Homeland is foolish. Many “gold hunters” then spat out their profession and joined the business, some in gangs. Others “drowned in the glass”, mourning the stock and unable to resist the dark changes. The third of the last forces dragged the belt, traveled at night to somehow feed their families, but did not change once and for all the chosen path – to defend the Homeland.

This very homeland, exchanged left and right by hasty children and peasants, and which at that time did not regard its defenders as human beings, treating them as a decent owner does not behave like a guard.

But we love our mother not for what she gives us, but because she is a mother. So it is with the Homeland. This book is for such people who continued to cover their homeland, no matter what.

If you’re still trying to define the genre, then this is a book from a series of military adventures. There is very little war in this. It’s more about life and service. About why in the mid-1990s it happened that robbers in the country proved to be more powerful than the security forces? The author specifically states that this is an ordinary literary work. So do not look for well-known names and plots. Any similarities are merely coincidental. Boris Soldatenko specially made all the pictures in the book, such as the picture of the small provincial town of Priozersk, where the military guard is located, in which the events described take place.

In the days of the USSR, as they say now, there was a modern slogan “in trend” that “the army is a cast from the state”. But it is good when everything is fine. And if the state is hurt by something, then its army should be sick of it. In the early nineties, having been, as an officer and as a journalist, on numerous business trips to various military guards and areas, I clearly saw this “disease”. “I unwittingly witnessed how, among our officers of the united Soviet army yesterday, in these difficult times, a rift appeared and passed through the soul of each of us, if I may say so,” the author writes in his preface. the book.

On one side of this rift were those who continued to remain in the ranks and, risking their lives every day, guarded the country.

On the other hand, it was not at all those who left the ranks of the armed forces, but those who were called “new Russian officers”. They also found their call to the army. Only now the defense of the Homeland was not at all on their list of priorities. The army was regarded by them as a cash cow, which was temporarily left unattended, and therefore, had to be milked. Raw milk and dry until the times change.

There were also those who, in numerous abandoned arsenals, began to sell in “closed sale” the weapons and ammunition available there, sometimes selling them to robbers and nationalists. At the same time, they are well aware that these machine guns can soon “talk” and in many hot spots they will shoot exactly our soldiers and officers.

This book is about the confrontation between “old” and “new” officers, in which, as was often the case in those days, the issue was often not career but life.

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