| The Hot War |
POD: November, 1950
|Type of Appearance:||Direct|
Gregory Papanin was a handyman in Smidovich, Soviet Union. As was common in the isolated town, Papanin worked only as efficiently as necessary. Consequently, when newcomer Vasili Yasevich proved to be very efficient, Papanin felt his livelihood being threatened. He and some of this friends accosted Yasevich on the street, and Yasevich promised not to be a such a Stakhanovite.
A few days later, however, Yasevich caught Papanin alone. After sneaking up on Papanin, Yasevich severely beat him, breaking his nose, and kicking him in the crotch and belly. He then took an automatic pistol Papanin had been carrying, and made it clear it would he kill Papanin if he ever messed with him again. Papanin promised to leave Yasevich alone from then on. On-lookers were impressed with the beating Yasevich handed out to the town's toughest man. Even people who weren't there soon knew that Yasevich had beaten Papanin.
Weeks later, Papanin, still licking his wounds, complained to Gleb Sukhanov, the local MGB officer, that Yasevich was a violent hooligan who'd beaten him for no reason. While Sukhanov upbraided Yasevich, Yasevich challenged Sukhanov to deny Papanin's incompetence, Sukhanov could not, and took no further action of Papanin's complaint. Another few days passed, and Papanin ran into Yasevich on the street. Yasevich tricked Papanin into admitting Phe had complained to Sukhanov. Yasevich threatened Papanin, in part by leaving Papanin with the impression that he, Yasevich, was part of the MGB.