Samara, Russia, 2011. A merry company celebrates birthday at the "Sunny Paradise" restaurant.
The birthday girl owns a beauty salon.
A stripper to boot
While her husband is watching
Her husband is Сolonel Konstantin Stepanishchev, born in 1975.
At the time - commander of the 15th motorized rifle brigade (Samara, Russia).
The Colonel had a great career, a family, a wife, a 12-year-old daughter. In 2013 he was redeployed within Samara and became the commander of the 23rd motorized rifle brigade. Elite unit on permanent readiness. It would be his last duty station. But then, at a party in the "Sunny Paradise," no one anticipated this, of course.
Then there is this young officer - Sergey Shashkin, platoon commander.
In 2010 he graduated from college in Novosibirsk, Department of Special Intelligence.
In 2014 he was already a captain. Good career, a wife (a physician in the 10th hospital of Samara), a child. In 2012 his wife sent their joint photo to a "Happy Family" contest held in Samara.
Sergey himself preferred different photos.
He had a Russian social network page named Sviatoslav "For Rus" Stoletov.
In Bashkiriya with parents
In spring of 2014 both Russian officers were redeployed to Rostov region as part of the 23rd brigade. Two steps away from the Ukrainian border.
Officially it was a trip but the officers and conscripts fought without insignia for 150,000 rubles (about $2,400) a month.
In early February 2015, the commander of the 23rd motorized rifle brigade Colonel Stepanishchev and captain Shashkin were hit by the Ukrainian artillery. The colonel lost his legs and the captain died.