Recently news agencies told that a gunmen group was destroyed in Ingushetia. Two of the gunmen had suicide bomber belts on. Most of us know work of the Moscow riot police only by political meetings. Though dispersal of demonstrators is not their main task. And hardly you know that these people have been constantly going to the North Causasus for missions for more than 15 years.
In the end of March another group of fighters came back from the North Caucasus. Their work is rarely covered by media, but they really risk their lives almost every day. It is thanks to them a lot of arms and explosives are withdrawn.
We are publishing this post on the eve of the memorial day, April 7th, when fighters of the Moscow SWAT centre come to cemeteries where their friends and colleagues are buried. These people stopped bandits and terrorists at the cost of their lives.
The photos in the post are exclusive. They were taken by a Moscow SWAT group during special operations. These faces are not to be shown. Usually during an operation it’s a sniper to photograph or shoot a video. Journalists are not allowed.
This group is one of the most well-prepared, they have the best equipment and arms. In Moscow this group mainly assist the criminal investigation department in capture of armed criminals. Fighters of such groups always do sport being the elite of the special detachment. By the way the average salary of such an employee is only 40 000 rubles (1330 USD).
White ribbons are used to identify your partners in the battle. Many gunmen wear the same uniform.
It’s the body of the armed URAL. Under the tarpaulin is an armed car. In Chechnya only such vehicles are used.
The dog trained to find explosives
Rock hammers are used during operations in the mountains.
The fighter is training knife fighting maneuvres.
On a mission. Kalashnikov gun of 100 series. An armed glassed helmet is bought by a fighter. The government provides ZSH-2 helmets, but they are too heavy to wear. In fact many types of equipment fighters buy themselves for their own money.
The group consists of 18 fighters, but not all of them like to be photographed.
And this group is going for an ambush.
They use silenced submachineguns.
Such a beauty! But an enemy may sit behind each hill.
Looking from the ambush. They may lie in wait from 5 hours to 3 days.
Preparing for a special mission.
Almost everything they wear they buy themselves. Camouflage is American, only the guy on the left is in the Russian one. Boots provided by the government are absolutely unfit. If the government can’t provide the elite like this, what can be said about ordinary troops?
The zone of the operation is blocked along the perimeter. Enemies won’t escape.
This fighter has bought almost everything he wears by himself too.
The gunmen refused to give up so the house was taken by storm, the enemies were killed.
Some of enemies hide explosives in pants or trousers.
Before a flight to Moscow