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.