This time we’re going to tell you about the 46th Separate Rapid Deployment Brigade in the Chechen Republic, which celebrated its birthday on November, 1st.
After Moscow Governor Boris Gromov’s visit to Chechnya, they agreed to provide assistance to the recently formed 46th SRDB. At first, they would sent medicaments and food to the soldiers, but now when the situation in the area is more peaceful, they send things necessary in everyday life, such as home appliances. The camp, where the brigade had lived in the beginning, turned into a neat and well-groomed village. Apart from Chechnya, the soldiers keep peace in Ingushetia and Dagestan too.
They say that in Chechnya there are things which are dangerous to take pictures of and you never know what’s on the list. Although the soldiers of the brigade calm people down saying that there is no danger and they can feel safe, in fact they are always on the alert. ‘No one knows what may happen in Chechnya’ is the phase you’ll hear here all the time.
So, seeing nice villages which are much better that some of the central part of Russia, you come to think that it’s really safe here, and bullet-proof vests, guns and motorcades of armoured vehicles are just a precaution. However, all the soldiers concur that it’s more dangerous in Ingushetia and Dagestan.
Motorcades come under fire pretty often but since not all the vehicles are armoured, they have to hang bullet-proof vests on the windows to protect themselves.
Local people say that they mostly kill policemen and Federal Security Service men, and not at random. They do not like those who show off, bragging about their passes and connections. The point is that locals do like to show off themselves and they don’t want any competitors.
Locals also like to wear uniforms of all kinds and you’ll never know if he’s bought it at a local store or he really has something to do with military service.