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October 3 in Russia celebrates the Day of the special police units (riot police)

Every year October 3 in Russia celebrates the Day of the special purpose police units (OMON). This date was approved on the basis of the order No. 190, which 1 of March 2002 of the year was signed by the Minister of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation Boris Gryzlov. In the order, the choice of this particular date was justified as follows: October 3, 1988, for the first time, a special police unit was created as part of the USSR Ministry of Internal Affairs. Riot police were created in four republics that were part of the Soviet Union, namely in the BSSR, KSSR, USSR and RSFSR, as well as in the 14 regions.

At the same time, riot police at the Moscow police department celebrates its birthday later - October 23. It was on this day of October 23 1987 of the year that it was formed. At that moment in the country as a whole and in the capital in particular, it was difficult to call the situation stable. The city constantly organized and held various meetings, which often turned into carnations. The newly formed police unit was supposed to assist not only in the fight against natural riots, but also in the fight against crime. When creating a special police unit in Moscow, the regiment of the patrol and patrol service of the militia was taken as a basis, whose officers and officers already had experience in organizing the protection of public order during major sporting and cultural events.

It so happened that after the collapse of the USSR, riot police units remained only in two cities of Russia - in St. Petersburg and Moscow. Only some time later, similar units began to form in other major cities of the country. By the end of 1990, riot police units existed not only in cities of regional importance, but also in almost any city of the Russian Federation, whose population exceeded 500 thousands of people. At the beginning of 2010 in Russia, there were already about 200 units of the riot police.

Riot police units are asked for help when a direct confrontation with criminals arises. Moreover, such units are the most mobile. In professional terms, they are better prepared than others to act in conditions of possible emergency situations. Most often, they are attracted to the detention of the most dangerous criminals, the elimination of large organized criminal groups, terrorists, to curb riots and hooligan manifestations. Also, riot policemen provide public safety and law and order in emergency situations, provide cover for the work of criminal police groups and other units of the internal affairs bodies during events related to the detention of especially dangerous criminals, terrorists or the release of hostages.

In 2002, OMON Day was approved in Russia - a professional holiday for all employees of the Ministry of the Interior of the Russian Federation who serve in mobile (formerly police) special forces (OMON) detachments. The order on the establishment of this professional holiday emphasized the role of such units in maintaining law and order in the country: “A special police unit is needed to fight crime on a large scale, when other internal affairs agencies are unable to cope with the problem alone. The riot police provide support to the internal affairs agencies, covering them in combat and stopping armed criminals by force, for example, storming buildings seized by terrorists, freeing hostages, etc. ”

Today, the purpose of the riot police is declared as follows: the execution of dangerous tasks in the conditions of the city, including: the seizure and liquidation of armed criminals; power support of traffic police posts and patrols of the city police; ensuring law and order during mass public events. In addition, the riot police are involved in the task of ensuring security and law and order in the "hot spots" in the territory of the Russian Federation, in particular, many employees were involved in the hostilities in the North Caucasus. It was in the North Caucasus region that riot police fighters went through a hard school of courage and testing (almost all regional OMON units went on business trips here). In the Caucasus, they became participants in numerous special operations and sweeps, measures to block and detain terrorists, criminals, release hostages, and also participated in special operations to detect and subsequently neutralize explosive objects and substances, while ensuring the safety of civilians.

Most often, riot police are better armed than regular police officers, and their fighters undergo special training. Armed with riot police is a wide range of different weapons - from conventional AK-74M and AK-74U rifles to Vintorez BCC sniper rifles and BTR-80 armored personnel carriers. Candidates for riot police must serve an emergency service in the ranks of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, be no younger than 20 and no older than 32. For admission to the squad, you must pass a medical examination, pass psychological tests, as well as the necessary standards for physical training. Initial training of employees lasts four months and is held in special training centers. New employees are required to study various types of weapons, which are used in the riot police, undergo legal training, actions in melee. Particular attention in the process of training employees is paid to conducting operations in the city and cleaning up buildings.

It is difficult to call the service of the riot policemen simple: it requires firm character, strength of mind and high responsibility. Since the OMON fighters have to solve quite complex tasks to ensure the safety of the population in emergency situations, and such situations in our country occur quite often.

In connection with the reform of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, since March 2011, the police have been officially renamed the police. On July 12 of the same year, the OMON units were officially renamed into Special Task Units of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia. 30 November 2011 by order of the Minister of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation, Rashid Nurgaliyev, special purpose units of the Ministry of Internal Affairs again began to be called OMON, but the abbreviation was already decoded as “Mobile special purpose unit”. 5 April 2016, the special forces of the special police unit became part of the Federal Service of the National Guard of the Russian Federation formed. Before 2018, the transition to military service in the national guard troops of the officers who are currently serving in the special divisions of the special militia forces and special intelligence units of territorial bodies of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation is to take place.

But no matter what department the OMON detachments belong to and no matter how they are called, their employees in modern Russian stories more than once they have proved their high professionalism, dedication and work for the benefit of society. Dozens of riot policemen gave their lives for their country, they died in the performance of their official duties. That is why we must respect their extremely dangerous and hard work. In many ways, thanks to their work, we can feel more secure, while riot policemen are risking their health and their lives for this. Many of them were awarded with state orders and medals, including posthumously.

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  1. Cat
    Cat 3 October 2016 06: 01 New
    Happy holiday guys !!!
    1. Wiruz
      Wiruz 3 October 2016 06: 28 New
      Join us laughing good drinks
      1. Tatyana
        Tatyana 3 October 2016 07: 33 New
        Happy Holidays! love
        The people know that riot police are police units whose mission is to carry out dangerous missions.
        I wish you happiness and health, riot police!
        1. Andrey K
          Andrey K 3 October 2016 08: 22 New
          Children of health, good luck, strong family rear soldier
        2. Chicot 1
          Chicot 1 3 October 2016 15: 57 New
          Riot police are police units

          We have not had the police for over 5 years. There is the police. So the OMON is no longer "OMON" at all, but a real "OPON" ...
          1. Andrey K
            Andrey K 4 October 2016 08: 12 New
            Quote: Chicot 1
            ... So the OMON is no longer "OMON" at all, but a real "OPON" ...

            What is your "message"?
            Has the name changed the essence?
            Now it is the "National Guard" - as they did their job, they continue to do it. They pinch the bandyuganov both in the tail and in the mane ...
            1. Chicot 1
              Chicot 1 5 October 2016 20: 05 New
              What is your "message"?

              That things must always be called by their proper names ...
              Has the name changed the essence?

              When sophisticated statesmen baptized the police with police, they believed that they would change without fail ...
              Now it is the "National Guard" - as they did their job, they continue to do it.

              "National Guard" ... The word is what ... And it reeks of lousy Americanism ...
              Pinch bandyuganov and tail and mane

              And simple hard workers also pinch. Like a "march of tractor drivers" ... And from this lousy Americanism carries even more ...
  2. Same lech
    Same lech 3 October 2016 06: 07 New
    My respect and respect to the guys from this organization (by something they remind me of a Golden Eagle ...
    probably the same dedication of all myself to my duty to my service and integrity).

    Among the riot police there are no traitors ... for which I trust them.
    Good luck guys hi
  3. Andrey Yuryevich
    Andrey Yuryevich 3 October 2016 06: 16 New
    Happy Holidays, the whole team of "Masks Show". drinks
    1. Wiruz
      Wiruz 3 October 2016 06: 26 New
      A moment of bearded humor in honor of the holiday:
      Yesterday, on Manezhnaya Square, an unauthorized rally of masochists was dispersed by riot police. Neither one nor the other has received such pleasure for a long time.
  4. 3 October 2016 06: 19 New
    there is such a thing, they say, it happened that, like in St. Petersburg, he allowed a gay parade to be held, then, after two OMON riot companies fought (among themselves) for the right to disperse him, they decided to offer him in the future on August 2, so that the people wouldn’t pay for themselves crippled fellow this is how the geyparadnya in Russia ended.
    happy holiday everyone
    1. Wiruz
      Wiruz 3 October 2016 06: 30 New
      Or another anecdotal tale, they say, after dispersal of the gay parade, riot policemen missed a couple of dozens of batons laughing
  5. Dart2027
    Dart2027 3 October 2016 06: 58 New
    Happy holiday.
  6. aszzz888
    aszzz888 3 October 2016 07: 05 New
    Congratulations to those involved in the holiday! Live happily ever after! Special thanks to the veterans for their military work! drinks
  7. Retvizan 8
    Retvizan 8 3 October 2016 07: 14 New
    He worked in the Novosibirsk OMON.
    Brothers, all a happy holiday!
    Thank you guys for your congratulations!
  8. Retvizan 8
    Retvizan 8 3 October 2016 07: 22 New
    I also want to add on this day - that our leadership was good or not very good for someone, but never betrayed us and covered our backs! Thank you for that.
    I will not wish the fate of the Ukrainian "Berkut" to anyone, when the scanty of their leadership made the guys scapegoats!
  9. Masya masya
    Masya masya 3 October 2016 08: 47 New
    You have a difficult service -
    You riot police loyal employee!
    But all the friends are proud,
    And they want less difficult things.
    It’s not without reason that people say -
    You are recognized as riot police excellent!
    Let people like you thank
    Faithful to service, devoted to the Fatherland!

    Happy Holidays! love
  10. Monarchist
    Monarchist 3 October 2016 09: 40 New
    The current realities are such that riot police are not bored. It is unlikely that in the near future they will be superfluous
    BABA SHURA 3 October 2016 14: 40 New
    Interestingly, everyone, for a long time, became police officers, why did the OMON not become an OPON?