Before that he worked for Dinamo St. Petersburg and Dinamo Tbilisi and proved to be a worthy specialist. In 1939 Georgian club headed by him became the Soviet Top League runners-up and did that the following year.
After Butusov moved to the capital of Ukraine our team’s play didn’t change.
The White-Blues lacked stability. Even after talented youngsters and experienced performers enforced Dynamo Kyivans were 10th in standings after four domestic league matchdays. Still in the following game Butusov’s men flattened Dinamo Tbilisi 3:0. Later they suffered two defeats in a row, so the home match against Red Army Team on June 22 1941 was really important. Unfortunately war didn’t let the game take place…
That war ruined lives of Dynamo players. Some died in battles, others were executed in Kyiv or tortured in death camps and some had missions in the rear.
Let’s recall all of them
Borys Afanasiev – was enlisted to the Red Army and got back to football in 1944. He joined CDCA Moscow.
Mykola Balakin – was evacuated to Miass and featured for Krylia Sovetov from 1942 till 1944.
Pavlo Vinkovatov – was evacuated from Kyiv after the war started. As it ended he rejoined our club and became the team captain in 1948. He played for Dynamo till 1955 (226 appearances, 65 goals).
Mikhail Butusov - was evacuated from Kyiv to Tashkent where was appointed as head coach of local Dynamo. Returned to native Leningrad in 1946.
Vasyl Hlazkov – in 1942 he was off to the front. After the war he played five games for Dynamo reserve team and then finished his career.
Volodymyr Hreber – took part in battles. He’s the Order of the Patriotic War of the Second Class and the Order of the Red Star chevalier.
Anton Idzkovskyi – after evacuation from Kyiv he featured for Dinamo Kazan (1942-1943). In 1936 he performed in famous Soviet film “Goalkeeper”.
Kostiantyn Kalach – joined the Red Army as the war started. He returned to Dynamo in 1944 and played for our team for two more seasons.
Iosyp Kachkin – died in the battle of Kyiv.
Olexiy Klymenko – won the Soviet Top League silver (1936) and bronze (1937) with Dynamo before the war. He was a soldier at Kyiv fortified locality, but had to work his way back to the native city. In 1942 he took part in famous matches in invaded Kyiv. He was executed on February 24 1943. In 1965 he got the Medal of Honour post-mortem.
Pavlo Komarov – was not only Dynamo best forward before the war (35 goals in 92 games), but also a good engineer. He was taken to Germany in 1943 and had to work at one of Messerschmitt factories. After the war he moved to Toronto.
Mykola Korotkikh – was tortured to death in autumn of 1942. Gestapo found pictures of him in Soviet police uniform.
Ivan Kuzmenko – became one of 55 USSR best players in 1938. He was executed on February 24 1943. In 1965 he got the Medal of Honour post-mortem.
Petro Laiko – scored Dynamo 100th goal in the Soviet Top League. After the war started he was taken to Ivanovo, where he was FC Osnova on-the-field coach. After Ukraine was liberated he returned and helped to revive our club.
Oleh Layevskyi – was a talented goalkeeper. Mykhailo Butusov spotted him in 1941. As the war started he was evacuated to Omsk, where he graduated from military school. He took part in Reichstag assault and on May 2 1945 he left inscription on its wall: “Oleh Layevskyi – Dynamo Kyiv”.
Iosyp Livshyts – was evacuated to Kazakhstan. From 1942 till 1944 he played for Dinamo Almaty. In 1945 he returned to Kyiv and in 1946 featured for Dynamo reserve team.
Mykhailo Matias – was evacuated to Dnipropetrovsk. Later he managed to reach Lviv, where he featured for different Polish teams from 1942 till 1944.
Mykola Makhynia – took part in the battle of Kyiv. Later he was awarded with the Order of the Patriotic War of the Second Class. In June of 1942 he was taken to Kazan and played for local Dinamo till 1943. After that he performed for Dinamo Moscow. In 1944 Makhynia returned to Kyiv, where he was Dynamo on-the-field coach.
Volodymyr Onyshchenko – participant of Dynamo last game before the war. His fate remains uncertain.
Mykhailo Kapustin – was enlisted to Kyiv fortified locality squadron. In 1942 he was taken to Syrets death camp. In 1943 he managed to escape and meet Soviet soldiers not far from the village of Poslavychi. In 1965 he was awarded with the Medal for Battle Merit, but refused to take it.
Anatoliy Savytskyi – made three appearances for Dynamo in 1940. His fate during war remains uncertain.
Anatoliy Sadovskyi – managed to escape form Kyiv surrounded by fascists in 1941. After the war he returned to the capital of Ukraine and played for Dynamo for four more years.
Olexandr-Bohdan Skotsen – scored Dynamo last goal before the war. He was taken to Dnipropetrovsk and stayed there until Germans came. After that he reached Lviv and played for different teams there.
Mykola Trusevych – was one of the first Soviet goalkeepers, who started leaving the penalty area and using his feet and head.
As the war started he was wounded and taken to the camp for prisoners in Boyarka. Later he arranged matches in invaded Kyiv. On February 24 1943 he was executed at Syrets death camp. In 1965 he got the Medal of Honour post-mortem.
Olexandr Fesenko – made 10 appearances for Dynamo in 1940. His fate during war remains uncertain.
Viktor Shylovskyi – returned to Donbas after the war started. In 1942 he was sent to Vladimir and played for the team of the local military school. In 1944 he won the Soviet Top League with CDCA Moscow. He finished his career in FC Pishchevik Moscow.
Kostiantyn Shchehotskyi – was flaked in August of 1938. He spent 12 months in Lukianivska prison in Kyiv, where he was tortured. Investigators tried to make him confess to spying. In autumn of 1939 he got liberty. As the war started he took part in guerrilla movement. Soon a group of soldiers including Shchehotskyi suffered fascists’ air forces bombardment. Those, who survived, tried to disentangle. Only 67 days later Shchehotskyi found his allies. Later he was sent to Kazan and played for local Dinamo. In 1943 – 1945 he featured for Dinamo Tashkent.
On November 6 1943 the capital of Ukraine was liberated.
Half a year later – on May 2 1944 the White-Blues played friendly against FC Spartak Moscow at Dynamo Stadium in Kyiv.
Later our team faced Dinamo Tbilisi and CBCA Moscow. Kyiv started getting back to peaceful live. Football has always been its part.
* players mentioned – Dynamo performers in 1940-1941
* photos from Olexiy Novik’s media library
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