18 No One Knows What May Happen In Chechnya

No One Knows What May Happen In Chechnya

Posted on November 18, 2011 by

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.

Mother is bringing her child to the kindergarten. Next to her there is an armoured motorcade heading to Dagestan.

Locals don’t like military men not because they’re Russian but because they are military. Nevertheless, their dislike does not prevent them from opening grocery stores and stores selling uniforms near checkpoins. Apart from food and clothes, they make a living by selling electronic devices which they bring from Makhachkala, where due to its ‘free economic zone’ gadget prices are lower then anywhere else. So, taking into account the fact that in Chehchnya there are not many places to go to spend money, a lot of soldiers can boast their latest models of smatphones and laptops.

For locals, military service is a good job because of the salary they could receive there. That’s why there are many Caucasians in the army and surprisingly, the subject of interethnic relations comes up only in jokes and anecdotes.

The main ‘nationality’ here is the department where you serve – sappers, scouts, etc.

In the picture: military men at a party at the recreation center.

For each thousand of males there are just 56 females and most of them are married. So love affairs are a burning problem here.

Belly dancing is the highlight of each show.


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18 Responses to “No One Knows What May Happen In Chechnya”

  1. A-Star says:

    > In the photo: pictures of great commanders of the Chechen Republic.
    Actually, it’s pictures of russian commanders, not chechen.

  2. Cro says:

    Tahat last photo is awesom, they look like elderly paintball team with poodle.. is that a brigades fast deployment – pub recon squad?

  3. ayaa says:

    “Locals don’t like military men not because they’re Russian but because they are military.”

    Thats an understatement. :D

  4. ayaa says:

    ER really should shift their focus to Ingushetia, because that will be the next hotspot of the Caucasus. Pretty soon there will be more federal forces there than in Chechnya.

    • Matlok says:

      Is Chechnya really stabilized, and able to take care of it’s self, or will the separatist wait until Federal troops leave? What is your opinion on the situation in the Caucasus ayaa?

      • ayaa says:

        About as stable as it can be, I guess. For every separatist killed, there is one ready to fill his shoes. Usually, its a brother, father, son, uncle, etc.. of whoever it is we kill. It’s like a row of dominoes. They only stop when every one has fallen. In this case, that would be genocide.

        The federal forces are not gonna leave any time soon. The situation in Ingushetia is still serious, and all of the North Caucasus is linked by the “Caucasus Emirate” network, so the trouble in Ingushetia could “spill over”.

        There is a marked difference between the Chechens and the Ingush. In Chechnya, there are two factions. The pro-Russian collaborators that make up the local government, the local militia, local MVD trooper force, etc…I prefer to address them as “loyalists”.

        Then there are the separatists, the anti-Russian forces, the guerillas, the terrorists at Dubrovka and Beslan. I simply call them separatists. So in Chechnya, things are simple. You are either with us or against us.

        In Ingushetia its a wholly different story. There are many factions. In fact each clan is a faction of its own. Alliances are made and broken every week. Keeping track of the network requires extensive manpower and time. Hence, Ingushetia will be host to more troops than anywhere in the Caucasus.

        • Tim says:

          Call them just Terrorists. Because only terrorists could hold full school of children for few days, then killed almost all of them.

          • ayaa says:

            Thats one way of putting things, but not all Chechens are terrorists. A lot of people, at least out in the countryside (our turf) are pretty nice and hospitable. They don’t even mind that I’m a panslavic when they invited us over to one of their Muslim feasts.

        • Matlok says:

          Thanks ayaa, I appreciate the sitrep, sometimes we hear about it here in the U.S.. But most here don’t have a clue, or want to know for that matter.

        • Pedro says:

          I just want to tank you for your descriptions. Not saying it’s right or wrong but it clearly give us an idea of how really things are and what is your perspective. Sometimes it’s hard to known what happen on the media.
          Your comments give us lot’s of knowledge about many things. Thanks again for that.
          Sometimes I disagree and I found you with very biased opinions but that’s ok. It doesn’t matter and it’s important for the understanding of the whole situation. But generally I find you very sober-minded about many subjects and not radical or extremist like some. Thanks for giving us your point of view.

          • ayaa says:


            If u mean me, ur welcome.

            Just point out to me where you my comments to be biased. After all, there is nothing better than constructive criticism.

  5. raaa says:

    Last picture is exactly pub recon squad!!! :D

  6. burak_ck says:

    “”Belly dancing is the highlight of each show.”” …why? ,any go go show could be much fun.)))

  7. Jacko says:

    Lat picture is the IED squad with the bomb-sniffing dog…

  8. Eurasian says:

    About a dozen guys from my neighbourhood in Serbia went to Chcenya as volunteers, 4 of tehm never came back. Only one talked to me about what it was like, says that they couldnt trust anyone, civilians and not even the Russians they were fighting for, he said it was worse then Kosovo in termse of infighting among the Government forces and coruption and so on. From what i manage to see it seems like that is changeing, glad to see it because for anything is to change for the better here Russia (Ukraine,Belarus…) needs to fix itself up first. Also, i like the mean army poodle at the end ;)

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