Alexander Prokhorenko was battling to free the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra. But he found himself surrounded by Islamic militants. He feared that he would be captured, tortured, killed and his body mutilated.
He preferred to die with dignity. So he called in an airstrike on his own position.
That was his contribution to liberating Palmyra from ISIS terrorists -- and to Russian glory.
It was also his end. He was 25 years old. His death was announced March 24.
And so the legend begins.
The body of Alexander Prokhorenko, the man who's now being called the "Russian Rambo," was flown back home to Moscow this week, to be be greeted by his wife, Katya, who is pregnant with their first child. All of this is according to Sputnik, the Russian state news agency. In accordance with an order from Russian President Vladimir Putin, Prokhorenko has, posthumously, been awarded the title of Hero of the Russian Federation, Sputnik reported.