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FRONTLINE Special Report
Comrades: Soldier Boy
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Since January 1983, FRONTLINE has served as American public television's - PBS - flagship public affairs series. Hailed upon its television broadcast debut as "the last best hope for broadcast documentaries," FRONTLINE's stature over 23 years is reaffirmed each week through incisive documentaries covering the scope and complexity of the human experience. Series release date: 1/1983

Program Description

A Western television first, this powerful film details a recruit's life inside a Soviet army barracks. It follows Valera Krylov, 18, as he gets his first uniform, endures weapons training, political education and boredom, and focuses on his worried parents, who know that in the next two years he may be fighting in Afghanistan.



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Public Affairs
Fanning, David (Series Producer)
Chicago: “FRONTLINE Special Report; Comrades: Soldier Boy,” 04/30/1986, GBH Archives, accessed December 10, 2023,
MLA: “FRONTLINE Special Report; Comrades: Soldier Boy.” 04/30/1986. GBH Archives. Web. December 10, 2023. <>.
APA: FRONTLINE Special Report; Comrades: Soldier Boy. Boston, MA: GBH Archives. Retrieved from
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