Status: Deceased; Active 1970-1983. Born: 1944-07-24. Died: 2016-09-17. Birth Place: Luchin, Gomel.
Graduated from Higher Air Force School in Tshuguyev, Kharkov Oblast, 1966. Graduated from Gagarin-Air Force Academy, 1976, pilot. Soviet Air Force pilot. Trained as commander for mission to Salyut 6 1975-1977. Worked in Kaliningrad. From October 1994 instructor at the Cosmonaut Training Center and from 1995, electrical engineer there.
Kamanin reports that only nine of 16 cosmonaut-candidates that completed the arduous selection process have been cleared by the KGB and Communist Party for actual acceptance for cosmonaut training. He feels this makes the whole time-consuming selection process a waste of time. The VVS is reluctant to submit officers as cosmonaut candidates, fearing that if they fail the vestibular table tests they will not only be rejected as cosmonauts, but be unable to return to flight duty with the Air Force. The result is a final selection of dullards, who are not intellectual, or literary, or sports enthusiasts, who are poor readers and not really interested in spaceflight or cosmonautics. The final decree has been issued reorganising TsUKOS as GUKOS.
Kamanin notes that the 27 April decree has selected only nine new cosmonauts from 300 pilot and 100 engineer candidates. He believes at least 30 should have been selected. Currently there are only 18 active cosmonauts, but Kamanin feels he needs at least 100, just to cover all the public relations appearance demands made on them.