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From playing a World Cup to joining ‘La Española’, the feared militia of Russian ‘hooligans’ in the war in Ukraine

ANDthe well-known former footballer Andrei Solomatinwhich was 13 times international with the Russian team Yes played in the 2002 Korea-Japan World CupWas enlisted in the militia known as ‘La Española’A private military unit belonging to the Vostok brigade consisting of more than 500 people to fight in the war in Ukraine.

This The dreaded unit is full of radical “thugs” from CSKA, Spartak, Lokomotiv and Dynamoand has been given special status among the armed forces that support Vladimir Putin.

To recruit its members, this battalion, which has 100 kamikaze drone operators, promises “the greatest adventures of your life with a real chance to get out of these scrapes alive” and “a decent reward.”

Andrey Solomatin, 47, who played for Torpedo Moscow, TRASKO Moscow, Lokomotiv Moscow, CSKA Moscow, Kuban Krasnodar, Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma, Obolon Kiev, Krylia Sovetov Samara, Spartak Nizhny Novgorod and Anzhi Majachkala, he placed himself under the command of the feared commander Stanislav Orlov known as “El Español” and which gives its name to the militia.

Stanislav Orlov has been called “El Español” since he started speaking Spanish to a foreign prisoner in Donetsk.

in that speech Orlov found out that this foreigner was a Spanish communist who wanted to join pro-Russian militias..

What is not known is where Orlov learned to speak Spanish.

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