Vladimir Anatolevic Gudov was born in 1956 in the village of Machulyshche (Sumy region). He trained as a mechanic in 1975 and then did two years military service in the former GDR before returning to work as a mechanic in Kharkiv. From 1978 to 1983 he participated in further education and training at the Military College (political instruction) and rose to become a lieutenant. In 1986 he was called up to serve as a reservist for disaster management at the Chernobyl NPP. Since 2001 he is a self-employed businessman and has published a collection of memoirs by liquidators: W.A. Gudow, Specbatal’on 731 [Spezialbataillon 731], Kiev 2009.
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