Vadim Ilin

Vadim Ilin

Lieutenant Colonel, Chief of Intelligence of a Motorized Rifle Brigade
Country: Russia

Content:
  1. Biography of Vadim Ilyin
  2. The Legendary Chief of Reconnaissance
  3. A Millionaire in Camouflage
  4. A Computer Genius
  5. A Skilled Hacker
  6. A Modest Millionaire
  7. A True Hero
  8. The Rise of the "New Russian Officers"
  9. A True Warrior

Biography of Vadim Ilyin

The Legendary Chief of Reconnaissance

Legends circulate about Lieutenant Colonel Vadim Ilyin, the chief of reconnaissance of the motorized rifle brigade in the North Caucasus. Soldiers idolize him and consider it a great fortune to serve under his command. Behind the Russian officer are two Chechen wars. Lieutenant Colonel Ilyin is one of three commanders in the Russian Armed Forces who has been awarded three Orders of Courage and the Medal "For Valor". However, some of his comrades see him as a bit eccentric, wondering why their 34-year-old comrade, with a substantial "golden reserve", continues to not only serve in the army but constantly seeks to go to war.

A Millionaire in Camouflage

The truth is that Lieutenant Colonel Vadim Ilyin is an army millionaire in camouflage. He amassed his wealth not through looting on the frontline, but twelve years ago, during his service in the Group of Soviet Forces in Germany. At that time, the commander of the repair company of the 16th Tank Guards Division competed with Deutsche Bank bankers by hacking the secret protection codes of their main electronic terminal. To show their gratitude, the financiers awarded him a substantial fee. Vadim Ilyin ended up in Germany, in the army paradise, during the dawn of Perestroika: he didn't have any connections, didn't give bribes, and didn't bow to the authorities. However, his application was impressive, especially his social background - coming from a working-class family. His father, Viktor Mikhailovich Ilyin, a famous turner, a Hero of Socialist Labor, still works at the local "Electroavtomat" plant in their native city of Penza at the age of seventy.

A Computer Genius

During breaks between tank repairs, Vadim developed the first computer program to protect against hackers, which he used to strike a pre-emptive blow to Microsoft's intellect. Coincidentally, an international computer exhibition was taking place near the location of his division in Hanover. Initially, the company representatives mistook him for a spy when they found out he was a Soviet officer. However, they reluctantly took the floppy disk with the program and examined it. Surprise! Five minutes later, they were smiling and running around. For hours, they tested his creation, and Vadim even had a duel with an American in a professional game called "Memory Battle" for programmers. On the 47th move, Vadim defeated the leading specialist from Bill Gates' empire. The Americans were shocked to learn that they were defeated by an army "tank repairman". The company bought Vadim's program and showered him with money. He had never seen so much money in his life. He immediately took a vacation at his own expense and went with his wife to a five-star resort in the Alps. They arrived at the "Belaya Gora" hotel in a taxi, paying 300 marks. They lived luxuriously for a week. When the division found out that their officer was a wealthy man, many, even the generals, felt envious. So, Vadim's friends secretly obtained marks from him for beer.

A Skilled Hacker

Vadim's second computer strike targeted the impeccable reputation of Deutsche Bank. Emboldened by his success in Hanover (even the KGB employees didn't bother him), he offered his services to these famous financiers. However, they arrogantly declined his proposal, implying that it was not 1945 and their bank was not the Reichstag, so it wouldn't be so easy to take. Vadim stormed the German bank from the comfort of his home computer. He cracked the multi-level electronic protection of the main terminal in just two hours, setting up a special channel in his PC to transfer highly classified files of the bank's wealthiest clients.

A Modest Millionaire

Lieutenant Colonel Ilyin does not consider himself a millionaire; he just leads a comfortable life. Like all officers, he lives in a garrison cottage. Of course, unlike other officers, he can indulge himself. For example, every two years, he takes his family (he has a son and a daughter) on a two-week trip to the Canary Islands, funded by the interest from his bank deposit. Otherwise, his family lives frugally, like all his comrades, on his meager officer's salary of 5,700 rubles. When things get tough, he and his wife dip into their personal bank account, which they carefully keep for their children's future. The Chechen war has a special significance for Lieutenant Colonel Ilyin. His brigade lost more than 600 people in the two military campaigns in the Caucasus. He keeps a count of the enemies he personally killed in combat on the butt of his rifle, even though there is no more space left. But he will probably never ask to be repaid the debt of 50,000 marks. He gave that money to his deputy commander, whose little daughter had cerebral palsy. They haven't seen each other for ten years. They initially corresponded, but then lost touch when Vadim went to Chechnya. Now Ilyin can't even remember his surname; he only assumes that the handsome Ukrainian might be serving in the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

A True Hero

Twice, the commander of the motorized rifle brigade nominated his reconnaissance officer for the title of Hero of Russia. However, as they say, Moscow's Ministry of Defense personnel know better whom and for what to include in the "Golden" list submitted for the President of Russia's signature. The last time the award documents for Lieutenant Colonel Ilyin were returned home, one of the sheets was marked with a pencil, as if driving a nail into a coffin: "there are no living heroes." Vadim holds his three Orders of Courage and the Medal "For Valor" in great reverence.

The Rise of the "New Russian Officers"

These days, there are officers in Moscow, adorned in parade uniforms made of English wool costing a thousand bucks, who parade around as "new Russian officers". Vadim knows some of these soldiers. They stroll through the headquarters, flamboyantly dressed like African parrots. By special order, they have gold buttons, cockades on their caps, and stars on their epaulets made. One general even wore a golden "death's head" (an officer's badge with a personal number) around his neck.

A True Warrior

Lieutenant Colonel Ilyin has a special count for the Chechen war. After the first battle, in which he received his first wound, he was bitterly disappointed. "It's so frustrating: the first battle, and you're free." At that time, he was transporting ammunition to the front as the senior machine operator. A fighter shot at their "Ural" truck with a GP-25 grenade launcher. Fortunately, the branches of the trees interfered, and the grenade exploded in the air, creating a bright flash in front of Vadim's eyes. The explosion jammed the door, so he kicked it open with his feet, ripping it off with the hinges. He fell to the ground, and the bearded Chechen was trying to reload another grenade into the launcher. At that moment, Vadim shouted, "Allahu Akbar," and the fighter looked at him in shock. Filled with fear, Vadim fired 75 rounds at the bearded man, showering him with lead like buckwheat on a pig.

In conclusion, Vadim Ilyin is an extraordinary individual. He is not only a highly decorated officer but also a millionaire and a skilled hacker. Despite his wealth and success, he remains modest and dedicated to his military service. His bravery and resourcefulness in combat have earned him the admiration and respect of his comrades.

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