Red Army hero 120: historians still search for truth
So, much of the official story is nothing but legend. The most dramatic shots in the film show Chapayev being shot and drowning while crossing the Ural River.His granddaughter Vasilisa describes what Chapaev's comrades told about his death. ‘He was injured in the stomach, the head and arm. The order was given that he should be taken over the Ural River. He died while being transported,’ she says.A hero on the battlefield, Chapayev was not very lucky in marriage. During the First World War his first wife left him. And when he was fighting for the Bolsheviks in the Red Army the second one also deserted the family. 'Well, she was a real flirt, my stepmother! She would play around with the foreman of the artillery warehouse, 10 years younger than her!' Klavdiya Chapayeva, the hero’s daughter says.Meanwhile, curators of the museum named after Chapayev are battling on another front.
They are trying to fight myths, jokes and legends which are trailing after the name of Vasily Chapaev for many years. However, in spite of the Soviet propaganda and research by modern historians, he is remembered by modern youth as an anecdote hero.