This one is most widely known as chechclear and was many veterans of gore's first "holy shit" video.
Research into this early viral video leads many to believe the Russian soldier in the clip was Yevgeny Rodionov, a then-18-year-old, who was captured (turning 19 while being held) and later executed after refusing to convert to Islam. But further evidence proves that it’s more likely Alexei Shcherbatykh, a contract soldier or mercenary.
It is rumored that there is a roughly 5-minute version showing more brutal acts on the soldier, but I can neither confirm nor deny this.
The clip starts with the words Unknown Russian Soldier on the screen and lasts just a few seconds.
Our first glimpse is the soldier lying on the ground, shown from roughly his shoulders up, lying with his right ear on the ground, and the boot of another soldier holding his head down. He has a grimace on his face for a moment which then goes to nearly emotionless.
In the very next moment, a sharp knife pierces his neck just enough to cause the soldier to utter a slight painful grunt before it plunges far deeper. His sounds then become unforgettable as the knife makes quick work of slicing its way out. The soldier’s head is then completely severed.
What sets this one apart, aside from having being many veteran viewers’ first, was the fact that the knife was plunged into the middle of his neck, and done so with the sharp edge facing outward. It’s more common to see a knife run across the victim’s neck from the front, and in a sawing motion.
It is believed that the executioner was Salautdin Temirbulatov, who was notorious in Chechnya for his brutal treatment of prisoners of war.
Research into this early viral video leads many to believe the Russian soldier in the clip was Yevgeny Rodionov, a then-18-year-old, who was...