‘Everyone was leaving, and we were trying to get back in’: A photographer remembers the end of the Soviet Afghan War – The Washington Post

‘Everyone was leaving, and we were trying to get back in’: A photographer remembers the end of the Soviet Afghan War – The Washington Post

Viktor Khabarov, 67, was a major in the Soviet military, working among the troops as a photographer. While the Kremlin made lofty decisions about the conflict from Moscow, he saw it close up, on the ground. From 1986 to 1989, he hopped in and out of Afghanistan on assignment for Red Star, the Soviet (and now Russian) military newspaper.