Skrabov Vladimir Pavlovich, a Russian writer and reporter, was once a sailor on a Soviet Union ship that transported goods to help Vietnam during the Vietnam War, has returned to Vietnam after 42 years.
He said that the development of Vietnam over the past years, with factories, industrial zones, modern bridges and multistoried buildings, came as a surprise to him, and he felt happy because Vietnamese people are enjoying freedom and happiness.
The writer once lived in Hai Phong City and Quang Ninh Province and saw many Soviet sailors die in Hai Phong as a result of American bombs. He also had a chance to meet President Ho Chi Minh on a visit to Vietnam; he said that this was an unforgettable moment in his life.
After leaving Hanoi in 1969, Skrabov studied in Moscow and then became a reporter for the Labor Newspaper, the TRUD, with a record circulation of 21.5 million copies. He is now CEO of Golden Horn Publishing House-Zolotoi Rog in Vladivostok and he has also published four novels.
“I will write a book about Vietnam and return to the country in the near future. For the rest of my life, I plan to write three more books, including a book about the renewal process in Vietnam”, said Skrabov Vladimir Pavlovich.
Translated by Tran Hoai