Today we’ll get some more experience about Russian soldiers’ lives in Khankala city by visiting a motorized rifle brigade.
Let’s visit the garrison in Khankala city first.
Soldiers stay in one- and five-storey barracks and hostels. That’s what the barracks look like inside.
Soldiers spend their free time in the room.
Not all the soldiers have flats of their own yet and have to stay in barracks. Why is there such a shortage of flats? During the time of the brigade formation soldiers who came to Chechnya didn’t take their families with them.
Later, when the conflict was over it was found out that there is not enough space to accommodate new arriving officers and their families. The garrison also needs at least two kindergartens and a school. Local school is designed to embrace 200 children only whereas there is a need in two schools that could embrace 500-600 kids. Another problem consists in the lack of entertainment as soldiers have nowhere to go after their duties for a day are over. In some places local people treat soldiers good as they spend much money at shops thus constituting the only source of income for many local families. But it is not safe for soldiers from the garrison in Khankala to leave the place as locals treat them much worse.
This is a local club where invited artists give a play.
This costumes were used while celebrating the New Year.
Many soldiers come from Caucasian republics. They get around around 800 US dollars per month and bonus. The sum is not huge but many soldiers say that they can’t earn more at home. Besides, many get pensions as veterans of military operations. To become a veteran one needs to spend at least one day at the area of counter-terrorist operation. Participation in military actions is not obligatory.
Text information is presented in the small museum.
The garrison in Naurski region of Chechnya.
There are different barracks on the garrison territory which have one, two and four floors.
The room is occupied by three people.
The tea room.
Things that can’t be kept in a sleeping room are stored in the place.
Weapons are stored in the room.
It is planned to reconstruct the hall in future and make a separate gym out of it.
Contract soldiers don’t have special gear that’s why they gave to buy gears of the same color and design chosen by the unit commander.
Bicycle race of soldiers’ kids.
Average age of soldiers accounts for 28.3. Many of them have families of their own and need flats where they could stay together. Nowadays it happens that two-room apartments can be shared by two families. To make Chechnya attractive for soldiers additional sum of money is added to their salaries. Thus, it is planned that starting from January 1, 2012 the salaries will be increased twice.
Monument to Heroes of Russia in Khankala.
Celebrating Day of Russia.