Today we’ll visit the 90th special separate search battalion and see that conditions of every day life there are becoming better.
The barracks are equipped with all necessary things, every company has sports simulators, the lounge has sofas, a library, table tennis, billiards, TV, stereo system. There are even nature corners with tortoises, rabbits, parrots. A summer camp in other words!
As soldiers say, food is rather good or at least acceptable. Officers eat the same meals as soldiers. More often theycabbage soup and porridge with tinned stewed meat. Moreover there is no bullying, everybody is equal.
Before summer reinforcements the battalion lacked soldiers and they were always on duty. But after the conscription the number of fighters began to correspond to the staff list. The quality of fresh soldiers is quite poor, but it is a problem for the whole Russian army.
A museum that existed at the staff is now disbanded. Some exhibits are located right in barracks for educational purposes. The room of military glory is also formed in the company territory. Probably soon there will be more exhibits, currently works are in hammering.
The battalion has a special hangar where all the finds are stored. For example, this installation: a helmet, pot, mug, bottle of vodka, cleaning rod, bayonet and a spade. It is the property of each fighter.
Bags contain soldiers’ bones. Plates “1PR” and “2PR” tell who has dug them up: the first or the second search group.
Several coffins with the remains are ready for burial.
Bones lie in the ground and dry.
The military ironmongery is put along walls.
Remains of rifles, machine-gun cartridges, magazine cases and other military things. Recently a 76-mm tank gun of the T-34 was found, then cleaned, painted, and now it adorns the unit territory.
The battalion makes its search works in Manushkino village that now doesn’t exist. Five years ago one farmer bought a piece of land there and discovered human bones. He addressed to authorities and they started to examine archives and found out that previously there had been a military hospital and common burial places there. There are archive maps of this mysterious area.
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First of all, the machinery brings the forest down and roots stubs out. Then searchers punch bore pits and try them with probes.
Here a wooden fragment was discovered, probably it was a part of a coffin.
When bones are found, they are very carefully raised, given a number, photographed and recorded.
Here not only soldiers and officers work. Volunteers can also take part.
Currently in the burial territory three sanitary pits are opened.
TV men are also interested.
Excavations are carefully made with knives, scoops and brushes.
It is very hard work. Searchers dig here during 5 years and the end of this work is not even seen.