Pravda ru: "Chechen terrorists [women] came for Yaroslavl"
- Chechen Terrorists Came from Yaroslavl
In Moscow, police officers detain suspicious persons
Two female students from the Yaroslavl Drama Institute have recently
found themselves in a rather unpleasant situation. Mariam Kulbuzheva
and Anna Sokolova (first-year graduates of the institute)
were "neutralized" on May 9th in Moscow as Chechen terrorists. The
incident happened near the Vakhtangov Theatre. It seemed to police
officers, the two girls from the city of Yaroslavl looked very much
like Chechen suicide bombers - the Moscow police was on high alert
during the long holidays in May. Real Chechen terrorists made their
way to Moscow anyway and blew up their bombs during a rock show in
Anna and Mariam came to Moscow to have a rest for a long weekend.
Their stay in the capital included a visit to the Vakhtangov Theatre.
Until recently, Anna Sokolova did not look like a daughter of the
mountains, but she dyed her hair and became a brunette. Her friend
complied with the interests of the Moscow police, though: her
passport was issued in Chechnya, she had her eyebrows in the form of
a crescent, and she had an accent. Those peculiarities eventually
resulted in a trouble.
An unknown man wearing the civilian clothes called the two girls near
the theatre. Anna and Mariam decided that the man was just trying to
meet them. The girls did not turn around and continued walking. A
police officer grabbed their hands in about a minute:
- Stand still! Your IDs! When did you arrive in Moscow?
- We came here today.
- Why aren't you registered?
- We can stay in Moscow for three days without any registration
according to the law.
- This is only when you have tickets.
The girls did not have tickets with them, because the majority of
students from Yaroslavl prefer not to buy train tickets to Moscow.
The police officer took the girls' passports away and told them to
follow him to the police station. I wanted to laugh out loud later
on, but at that moment the situation was very unpleasant and stupid,"
Anna Sokolova said.
The police station was a five-minute walk away, but it took them
about 20 minutes to get there. The police officer accused them of
lies, dropped various hints, so the girls had an impression that the
officer wanted some money. "When we came to the police building, they
started looking at us as if we were some animals in a zoo. There were
about 25 policemen around us, they were making jokes all the time,"
The formal reason of the detention was unveiled soon: it happened
because of the information that Moscow police officers had received
from Chechnya. The two students from Yaroslavl matched the
description of two female terrorists that had left for Moscow from
Chechnya: they were of the same height, the same appearance and even
of the same age: all of them were born in 1983. "Police vehicles were
coming and going, but the situation was becoming more of a farce.
They kept us there for more than an hour, but they did not even
search our bags. However, they paid a lot of attention to the X-ray
photograph of my tooth that they found in my passport. Probably, they
decided that it was a secret microfilm. A police officer even
attempted to look me in the mouth to see if the photo matched the
real tooth. All that was very unpleasant for Mariam, because she did
not have a Russian name and her passport was issued in Chechnya. She
even started crying, asking them to let her go, but police officers
were not nice to her," Anna Sokolova said.
As a result, the two students from Yaroslavl were released in about
an hour. Nobody knows, what police officers wanted from the girls -
they did not even put their passport details down. Probably, they
wanted a little entertainment.
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(Translated by: Dmitry Sudakov)