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"The Russian Bear" from Hollywood lost in the desert of Namibia

June 9 2005

In Namibia, the continuing search for Russian actor Oleg Taktarov and several group members who participated in the filming of a documentary.

A film crew of five men went into the desert to the north-west Namibia. However, the appointed time they returned to the helicopter, which was supposed to pick them up. Accurate information about how was equipped with a film crew, no. Supposedly, the band members went to the shooting of the off-road, having his supply of potable water.


Oleg Taktarov. Born in the city of Sarov, Nizhny Novgorod (formerly secret military city of Arzamas-16). As a child, began studying at a local dojo Vitaly Mikhailov Karlovic, who once said Oleg: "Be you a world champion, and he was right.

Oleg practiced with great success and decided to devote his life to the sport. Excellent spoken at events, Oleg became a star at the local level, but did not stop there. Served two years in the Soviet army.

Credibility Oleg grew rapidly, he was known as a great fighter. Taktarov was repeated Tournament Jiu-Jitsu. In 1994. sambist decided to try a "no holds barred fighting" and participated in the tournament, "White Dragon" in Riga, where an easy victory.

Cherished dream for Oleg became Hollywood - he wanted to star in a movie, feeling that it had always come out.

Raise money for a ticket, Oleg went to the U.S. where he wanted to achieve their dreams. Without money, friends, and knowledge of the language he had to live in a strange yet for him the world.

But not so easy was to realize a dream: to become an actor needed or the money or have greater prominence.
Oleg needed a job and then he come in handy fighting skills. He trained at clubs and surprised everyone with his fighting technique. Soon the fame of the Russian, which is easy on the shoulder lozhit local champions sold across America.

So Oleg and got on the tournament, "MMA", where he earned the nickname "The Russian bear." On the fifth tournament UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship), he spoke brilliantly, but in the semifinal bout was stopped by the judge because of bleeding exist, although Oleg was ready to continue the fight.

On the next - sixth tournament UFC Oleg luckier. He scored a few seconds of the most beautiful victory, surprising the audience. It was necessary to the finals and journalists asked Oleg: "Do you think you can cope with the tank?" What Oleg said: "look at me millions of Russians, I have a son in Russia, I can not lose!"

Battle with tanks lasted 17 minutes (!), Oleg was not easy to resist the huge titans, but in the end sambist brought the enemy to Choke. Oleg Takatrov became the champion of UFC-6! He became famous throughout America as the "Russian bear", which his experience and military equipment victory over Tank Abbott, who won only the expense of its incredible strength and power. This victory enjoyed the whole Russian America, the website

Then Oleg predolzhili star in the film and he coped with the role. Thus began acting career of the "Russian bear", and now he has to his credit none the role of Hollywood and removed to this day ...

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