Let us introduce to you the 7th Rezekne Red Banner Missile Division and its strategic mobility complexes with an intercontinental ballistic missile, “Topol” (“Poplar”). Unlike the 46th Missile Division whose central command post was transformed into the museum, this one still operates and guards its Homeland.
Any visit to a military unit begins with dinner. In this military town (Ozerny) carnal needs of the military men are satisfied in such a lovely canteen.
“Control dishes”. Female workers of the canteen offer everybody to try a cutlet with potatoes, but for some reason lay rice and a chop on a plate.
“A service table”.
Let’s examine the small town more thoroughly.
Local residents are rather satisfied with their life in Ozerny. They admit that actually there is no much to do in such a small town but at the same time they’re glad it’s very quiet here. Birth rates are significantly higher than in other non-military towns. And almost no hooligans on the streets.
On the energized fence of some strategic facilities periodically die different living creatures… so there’s no problem with fresh meat of an elk, wild boar, hare, etc.
The paper says: “Dear customers! The “Chistyulya” (“Neat person”) shop is going to offer 5% discounts since the 13th of April from 9 am to 11 am. We’ll be glad to see you!”
The only two things that upset the locals are the absence of trendy shops (they have to go to Moscow and St. Petersburg for this) and their impossibility of going abroad (because of the secrecy).
To get to the parking area of the “Topols” is not easy at all.
The gates are closed. The barbed wire, sharp stakes and wolf pits are everywhere around this place. So it is better to bypass.
For this you need to catch any of the authorities and ask him to make a call so that you got a permission to come in.
At the call a soldier comes out and permits you to enter.
Formal verification of documents.
This tunnel goes under all the fences and wires. It is absolutely straight. But if you managed to lose your way somehow – you can ask the soldiers who are always on duty to help you.
The security system is left behind and you are welcomed in a friendly way.
Several steps to the place where the “Topols” and other machines live in.
Here lives the MAZ-7310. In fact, it’s a living room, kitchen, emergency power and a guard machine-gun nest – all in one.
The inside rooms are like compartments in a railway carriage but much closer.
Two four-seat compartments are used for recreation personnel and a two-seat compartment – for the commander and his assistant.
There is also a dining room for 4 persons.
The dining compartment has a stove for cooking, cells for food storage, a fridge and storage space for dishes and its washing.
On this chair sits a shooter who rotates the machine gun and shoots the enemies.
Inside these garages stand secret vehicles which can’t be shown to you.
“A duty officer at the position”. After visiting a secret strategic garage it’s time to relieve stress and go to the barracks.
A classroom with a plasma TV-set.
A special place for polishing your shoes.
The temperature graph.
And here it is – a huge truck used for the transportation of the “Topol”.
To drive this truck is very easy – there is an automatic gearbox (a lever is on the right), a toggle “back – neutral – forward” and two pedals. The brake is pressed with the left foot.