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From combat pilot to president – Mubarak died a free man

EGYPT (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — In Egypt, declared a three-day mourning in connection with the death of Hosni Mubarak. The former president of Egypt led the country for nearly 30 years. Under his leadership, the country’s GDP grew 10 times, Egypt reconciled with Israel and the Arab world. But after Mubarak left his post, he had to prove in court for 6 years in a row that he had done everything in his life for his country.

He died a free man, in the circle of relatives and friends. He saw how those who demanded his execution were sent to prison one after another. The entire, not having time to hide underground, top of the Muslim Brotherhood, former President Mohammed Morsi, who died at a court hearing last summer.

He managed to see how, after months of strife and turmoil in his country, army representatives came to power again. As an evader of Islamization, Egypt is once again becoming stable and secular.

The army was home and university for a young village boy born in 1928 in the Nile Delta. Officer infantry school, flight school, and after the overthrow of King Farouk and the rise to power of President Nasser, months of training flights with his comrades in arms in the Soviet Union.

“He was an excellent pilot, studied with us, flew on the IL-28 and very well, judging by the feedback of our military. That is, he was a good pilot and therefore quickly became commander of the Air Force in the future,” said Veniamin Popov, director of the Partnership Center Civilizations Institute of International Studies MGIMO.

Hosni Mubarak swiftly rose through the ranks: regiment commander, general, commander in chief of the Egyptian air force. But he never hid behind the backs of his subordinates. All his orders of that time are military.

On the day of the death of the Egyptian leader, in an exclusive interview with our channel about ace pilot Mubarak, about how he weaned the Egyptian officer to contact the efenzi Soviet pilots (master), his combat comrade and mentor of that time, navigator instructor Boris Pogozhev recalled: “I say that we have no gentlemen. After that, he did not address me like that. He had a good relationship.”

Thirty years in power. Egypt is becoming a stable country. The economy is growing, roads are being built, tourism is developing. Mubarak claims to be a leader capable of mediating on the most complex issues of Middle East and world politics.

He is respected in Moscow, and in Washington, and in Jerusalem, and in Tripoli. He is the architect of the middle path policy that allowed Egypt to become the informal center of the Arab world. But the rapidly growing population, the poverty of the outskirts, corruption in the highest power circles, and the political intrigues of the opponents undermined the once unconditional authority of the rais.

Moreover, Mubarak himself became isolated after the tragic death of his beloved grandson Mohammed.

In January 2011, hundreds of thousands of people will go to Cairo’s Tahrir Square. The president will not cling to power. He will not give orders to the military to use weapons against the crowd. On February 11, Mubarak resigned.

He was tried, accused of the death of demonstrators, of corruption. Mubarak did not say a word in court. He silently and proudly suffered persecution, hoping for the Egyptian people and the army, of which he remained a part until his last day.

The whimsical story once again made him a winner. The Muslim Brotherhood regime did not last a year. The military came to power in the country. Mubarak’s affairs were reviewed under President Sisi. The last three years, the Egyptian leader lived as a free man.

The last Egyptian leader was called a pharaoh, however, a person who survived the ups and downs, the betrayal of friends, the humiliation of prison, rehabilitation and years of oblivion, at the time to call the patriarch. The last Middle Eastern patriarch to live with honor and die with dignity.

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