Regiment Commander and Mi-8 Pilot - Lieutenant Colonel

Unit: Combat Helicopter Regiment, Wagner PMC

Cargo ID: #509

Full Name: Vyacheslav Mikhailovich Zangiev

Russian Name: Вячеслав Михайлович Зангиев

Date of Birth: 2 November, 1960 (age: 61 years and 363 days)

Awards: "holder of the Order of the Red Star, the Order of Military Merit and the Order of Courage (ph.)", others under investigation

Previously Deployed: Afghanistan, North Caucasus

The videos below show the destruction of the Mi-8 it is believed Zangiev was piloting. This helicopter was delivering retired mid-level officers, who were specially hired by Wagner PMC to command the cons and other mercenaries. Of the 18 men onboard, only 1 survived the crash. That survivor was Lieutenant Colonel Lapikov [Cargo ID #734], who died from his wounds a week later.

Fair warning: Some videos have music added (not my doing!).

Retired in 2019
The stand in memory of Vyacheslav Zangiev was opened by his sister; representatives of the family, classmates, and residents of the republic came to pay tribute.