Winter in Petersburg in 1839 was with strong thaws. Sentry Postnikov, a soldier of the Izmaylovo Regiment, stood at his post. He heard that a man came to the wormwood and called for help. The soldier for a long time did not dare to leave his post, because this was a terrible violation of the Charter and almost a crime. The soldier was tormented for a long time, but in the end he made up his mind and pulled out the sink. Then a sled passed by, in which an officer was sitting. The officer began to understand, and in the meantime Postnikov quickly returned to his post. The officer, realizing what had happened, delivered the rescued to the guard. The officer reported that he had saved the drowning man. The rescued could not say anything, since he lost his memory from the experience, and did not really understand who was saving him. The case was reported to Lieutenant-Colonel Svinin, a zealous servant.
Svinin considered himself obliged to report to Chief Police Officer Kokoshkin. The
case was widely publicized.
An officer who pretended to be a rescuer was awarded a medal “for the salvation of those who perished.” Private Postnikov was ordered to carve before the ranks of two hundred rods. Punished Postnikov on the same overcoat, on which he was seized, was transferred to the regimental infirmary. Lieutenant Colonel Svinin ordered to give the punished pound sugar and a quarter of a pound of tea.
Postnikov replied: “I am very pleased, thank you for fatherly mercy.” He was actually satisfied, sitting for three days in the punishment cell, he expected much worse than he could be awarded a military court.
In the winter of 1839, frequent and long thaws occurred in Petersburg. At his post near the location of the military unit was the sentry of His Majesty Izmaylovsky regiment Private Postnikov. Suddenly the sentry heard screams from the river about the help of a man who had fallen into the wormwood and sinking. The resignation of the post is considered in the army as a gross violation of the military Charter and entails serious punishment, as for the committed
crime. Therefore, the sentry Postnikov for a long time was tormented by his soul doubts, deciding, finally, to save a drowning man. He quickly ran up and helped me to get out of the hole in the hole.
But it so happened that at the same time a certain sled officer was passing by, who began to question him in detail about the incident, and the soldier Postnikov quickly returned to his post. The officer became all clear, and he ordered to deliver the rescued person to the guardhouse. The officer there reported that he saved a man drowning in a polynya. And the victim at the time was unable to tell anything, since he was in such a terrible state that he did not understand who had saved him. The incident was reported in detail to Lieutenant Colonel Svinin, a diligent servant.
The lieutenant-colonel, in his turn, decided to report in detail to all the chief policeman Kokoshkin, after which this event became known in wide circles.
The “salvage officer” who presented himself for the hero was rewarded with honors with the medal “For the Salvation of the Perished”, and the rank-and-file Postnikov was punished – he was carved in front of the ranks by two hundred rods! On the same greatcoat that was under him during the flogging, carried to the infirmary of the regiment. Lieutenant-Colonel Piggyin, with a sense of compassion, ordered Postnikov to give out a pound of sugar and a quarter of a pound of tea.
The literal reply of the soldier Postnikov was as follows: “I am much pleased, thank you for fatherly mercy.” The soldier, who was expecting a more severe punishment, was indeed unspeakably happy that the three days of arrest in the punishment cell were nothing compared to what he could have received from the military court.