Re: Itar-Tass: Two battalions manned by local residents enter duty in Chechnya
- MOI Interior Troops Commander-in-Chief Took Part in Ritual to
Introduce Two Battalions to Military Service in Chechnya
The MOI Interior Troops Commander-in-Chief spent Saturday in the
Chechen capital, Grozny. Colonel General Nikolai Rogozhkin went there
to hold a special ceremony introducing the MOI Interior Troops
battalions 248 and 249, set up in April-May 2006, to military service.
These two new units numbering 500 and 700 have both contract military
and conscripts residing in the Chechen Republic. So this turned this
country-wise conventional event into a high-profile one in terms of
During the Soviet era's early years and just before WWII broke out,
teams and troops of the VChK, lately named OGPU (an organization that
took care of state security across the Soviet Union), did tackle the
task of "combating political banditry", as the 20-30s' term puts it.
Together with Red Army forces, they defeated large armed gangs that
were trying to overthrow the Communist regime. Fighting thugs and
basmach's, wealthy locals fighting against the Soviet regime, required
some national troops. So, about 40 OGPU units were set up in the 20s,
all with national names. These units played an important role in
bringing order and law back to the regions. The MOI Interior Troops'
Central Museum has flags of the 46th Gorsky Division and 53d Chechen
Cavalry Division. And today there has appeared a call for the
experience and traditions of using such units.
"This is in fact the first call-up of Chechen youth to the Ministry's
Interior Troops. Commissioned officers and soldiers of these
battalions will then be an example for younger generations. Our youth
will gradually join the family of the peoples of Russia. We are one
country, and we have nothing to split in our great country, except for
the joy of victories," said Alu Alkhanov, president of the Chechen
Republic, who took part in the ceremony.
In his turn, the MOI Interior Troops Commander-in-Chief said that
setting up these two battalions provides a chance to better deal with
the tasks imposed upon the Interior Troops, namely maintaining public
order and security in the republic. "Serving in the Interior Troops
for the benefit of Russia in the Chechen Republic is an honorary
cause," he stressed.
Nikolai Rogozhkin, who, by the way, is not much into calling these two
units North and South as the battalions were first christened,
following the pattern set by the battalions of the 42nd motorized
rifle division of the RF Ministry of Defense known as West and East.
"These are regular battalions of the Interior Troops, in no way
different from other dedicated motorized units deployed in many of the
Russian cities to do their job alongside militia agencies," he said.
These battalions have officers from the now former Chechen
Antiterrorist Center that have been able to meet certain criteria.
Many of the officers have been involved in a number of special events,
getting RF medals and orders for the courage and valor they had. Now
they are standing alongside young people that have reached the service
age. These conscripts number 560. In half a year they will have a
chance to sign a contract with the commander whereby they would be
able to continue to serve but in a new way by the virtue of the
According to the chief of the 249th dedicated motorized battalion,
Chechnya is experiencing a real boom when young people are eager to
work for the MOI Interior Troops. "I keep getting at least 200 300
calls a day. I have not changed the number yet, as I have to answer
each. We have not been able to accept every one, as those willing to
do so are too many," Major Rajul Jamalov said.
The republic's military commissar said the same. "1,236 people picked
up to serve in the MOI Interior Troops have been examined by the
military commissariat. The selection was performed in full compliance
with Federal Laws. Many had to be rejected, mostly due to their age or
health. There are many people willing to serve; our youth want to
serve to Russia and protect their republic. To be frank, I am really
pleased at it both as the republic's military commissar and a
Chechen", Major General Selim Tsuyev said.
All those accepted will serve in Chechnya's Grozny and Vedeno
districts as well as in the main city of Chechnya. The so-called 15th
military area was chosen as the place of deployment in Grozny. The
conscripts will live in tents for some time whereas the professional
recruits will be able to reside at their property or rent an apartment
in the city as set by the rules. Barracks are also being built. The
funds required have already been allocated. "For young Chechens this
is a profitable business, as a contract soldier's salary is 12,000
Rubles (about $450) or more, depending on the record and the title,"
Colonel General Nikolai Rogozhkin underscored. He said that the
Interior Troops' Grozny-based 46th separate task force brigade is
going to increase by 5,000. The 248th and 249th motorized battalions
could be the first considerable influx they are looking for.
According to the MOI Interior Troops Commander-in-Chief, this measure
will enhance the role these units play when it comes to performing the
duties imposed upon the Joint Group of Troops (Forces) and aimed at
stabilizing the situation in the Chechen Republic itself, and, at the
same time, it will boost the potential of the Interior Troops' 46th
separate task force brigade when it comes to guarding the border of
the Russian Federation in compliance with the North Caucasus Force
Text and Photo by
Colonel Vasily Panchenkov
--- In email@example.com, "mariuslab2002" <mariuslab@...> wrote:
> May 29, 2006 Monday 11:10 AM EST
> Two battalions manned by local residents enter duty in Chechnya
> MOSCOW, May 29 (Itar-Tass) - Two battalions fully manned by local
> residents - either conscripts or those serving under contract - have
> entered duty in Chechnya. Both battalions are organic to the 46th
> special brigade of the Russian Interior Ministry Troops, the Interior
> Troops spokesman Vasily Panchenkov has said.
> The battalions have a total strength of 1,200. Some of the servicemen
> have signed contracts (560 men), and the others are conscripts.
> ``In fact, this is the first instance of young Chechens drafted for
> service in the Russian Interior Ministry Troops. With time our youth
> will be a full-fledged member of the family of Russian peoples,''
> Chechen President Alu Alkhanov said at the special ceremony on the
> Interior Troops commander, Colonel-General Nikolai Rogozhkin, has said
> that the formation of these battalions ``will make it possible to
> better handle the task of maintaining public order and maintaining
> security in Chechnya.''
> The head of Chechnya's military commissariat, Major-General Selim
> Tsusev, said there were quite a few contenders for filling vacancies
> in the battalions. Some had to be rejected for age or health reasons.