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Legendary Soviet spy, Hero of Russia Alexei Botya told about the operation to rescue the Polish Krakow in which he participated in January 1945. His words on Sunday, January 19, leads RIA Novosti.
According to Botana, thanks to the knowledge of the Polish language has established “very good relations with the Polish underground.” As a result, the scout was able to find a pole who worked at the Jagiellonian castle, where the Nazis staged an ammunition dump, and to persuade him to lay a mine there.
After this the Soviet partisans blew up the entire castle was in the explosives that the Nazi planned to use to undermine the dam near Krakow, to flood the city.
“The Germans came as time to rearm… the explosion was so strong that not only the castle flew up, but all of the buildings that were there, were all destroyed — remember Botya. — Thus I did not allow Hitler to destroy the city of Krakow. They didn’t have it…”.
In 2007, Botya was awarded the title of Hero of Russia for the successful operation carried out in Krakow under his command. The award to the scout handed the President of Russia Vladimir Putin.
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