The story of general Andrey A. Vlasov, the founder of RLA – is an unknown page of the World War Two history. The end of this story is tragic. When German troops came near the capital of the USSR, Stalin declared a state of emergency. It was the 2-nd army of Volkhov front commanded by general Vlasov that played an immense role in defeating the fascists near Moscow. Shortly after that, Vlasov’s army was trapped and destroyed. The general himself with the group of officers and soldiers tried to break through, but a Russian village elder betrayed them.
Vlasov was taken to a special prison camp and then – to Berlin. The fascists were looking for a man who could help them. In the first leaflet written by Vlasov, he calls upon the Soviet people for struggle against Stalin and his regime. But a program was needed.
HISTORIC FILM WWII DOCUMENTARY FOR LICENSING; Produced in 1995, B&W/Color, 59 minutes, English commentary and subtitles available.
Among the Germans, he develops the idea of creation of A Russian Liberation Army which would include emigrants, prisoners of war and deserters. Only after the German troops lost the battle of Stalingrad, RLA receives military insignia. The centre of the future army where former Red Army soldiers were trained was near Berlin. They believed that they would receive the freedom of action. But Vlasov stood against Nazi ideas and insisted on the independence pf Russia. The goals of the German and the following events conflicted with Vlasov’s goals. It took him some time to understand that he was used. He had no choice by the was struggling for his ideas, dreams and people’s lives. The RLA enter Prague, and after the Prague rebellion, the German troops capitulate. RLA didn’t last long. Some soldiers surrender to the Western allies, and after that, they are handed to the Russians. Vlasov would be taken to Russia by Americans. He found himself at the KGB on Lubyanka. The court sentenced him and his supporters to hanging. Rare video – at the Lubyanka prison the sentence is carried out.