Kanamat Khuseevich Botashev is a retired Russian major general.
Kanamat Botashev was born in 1959 in the village of Nizhnyaya Teberda, Karachay-Cherkess Autonomous Region, Russia.
In 1976 he graduated from high school.
In 1981 he graduated from the Yeisk Higher Military Aviation School for Pilots.
In 2010 he graduated from the Academy of the General Staff of the Russian Federation.
On November 6, 2008, he received the rank of major general.
He was the commander of military unit 23326 of the Western Military District of the RF Armed Forces.
Then the commander of the airbase “Baltimore” in Voronezh.
After – Deputy Chairman of the DOSAAF of the Russian Federation of St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region for Aviation, Deputy Director of the flying club in St. Petersburg.
On June 28, 2012, Kanamat Botashev crashed a Su-27 fighter.
He led tactical flight exercises, during which he decided to board a fighter on his own to take part in aerial weather reconnaissance, although he had not been trained and did not have the appropriate clearance to fly the Su-27.
In-flight, Botashev conducted reconnaissance of the weather and unexpectedly began to perform aerobatic maneuvers that were not planned by the flight mission.
When performing the “Bell” figure, the fighter went into an inverted tailspin.
After it was not possible to correct his position, the crew ejected.
Upon impact with the ground, the aircraft exploded and caught fire, it was beyond repair.
As a result of the destruction of aviation equipment, the Russian armed forces suffered losses of 100 million rubles.
On December 29, 2012, a criminal case was initiated against Botashev under Art. 351 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (violation of flight rules).
He was sentenced to four years probation and a fine of 5 million rubles.
In 2013, Kanamat Botashev was fired from the Russian army.
Mother – Lyuaza Mussaevna Botasheva.
Father – Khusei Ilyasovich Botashev.
The younger brother is Russian Colonel Muradin Khuseevich, born in 1963.
In 2022, Kanamat Botashev became involved in the Russian invasion of Ukraine as part of the Wagner private military company.
How Kanamat Botashev died
Kanamat Botashev was destroyed by the Armed Forces of Ukraine on May 22, 2022, near the town of Popasna, Lugansk region, Ukraine, BBC reports.
Botashev flew a Su-25.
The plane was shot down from the Igla MANPADS by the Ukrainian military of the 80th Airborne Assault Brigade.
Botashev did not have time to eject.
“Kanamat died today! Popasnaya district, 8:25… The first approach of the NAR-s (unguided aircraft missiles), the second – bombs … Stinger at the exit from the attack, an explosion in the air and … That’s it,” a participant in the discussion said in one of the Russian telegrams -channels.
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