"So there's a cosmonaut up in space, circling the globe, convinced he will never make it back to Earth; he's on the phone with Alexei Kosygin then a high official of the Soviet Union who is crying because he, too, thinks the cosmonaut will die.
Vladimir Komarov's remains in an open casket
The space vehicle is shoddily constructed, running dangerously low on fuel; its parachutes though no one knows this won't work and the cosmonaut, Vladimir Komarov, is about to, literally, crash full speed into Earth, his body turning molten on impact. As he heads to his doom, U.S. listening posts in Turkey hear him crying in rage, "cursing the people who had put him inside a botched spaceship."
This extraordinarily intimate account of the 1967 death of a Russian cosmonaut appears in a new book, Starman, by Jamie Doran and Piers Bizony, to be published next month. The authors base their narrative principally on revelations from a KGB officer, Venyamin Ivanovich Russayev, and previous reporting by Yaroslav Golovanov in Pravda. This version if it's true is beyond shocking." (More)
Space historians doubted much of the story in this article. The writer filed an update
which clarifies a lot of the misinformation..