For the speed of reaction and determination of the personnel, the unit of the Dagestan riot police under the command of Shamil Magomayev in the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic is called the "Scorpion". The detachment was formed in July 1998, after a forceful attempt by supporters of the Khachilayev brothers to seize power. Acquisition was carried out according to extremely strict requirements: they took only their own people, many times checked for years in the system of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and special forces of the UIN. Further events confirmed the correctness of this decision.
The Wahhabi aggression of August 1999 of the neighboring Chechnya, the fighters of the newly created separate special battalion (RSD) of the patrol and inspection service of the police under the republic’s Ministry of Internal Affairs met in the Tsumadinsky district of Dagestan, from which the invasion began. Armed only light rifle weapons, they proved themselves as real warriors. Together with the militias and the republican riot police, the guys conducted a successful operation to liberate the village of Gigatli, crushing five fortified firing positions and destroying two snipers. Losses were avoided.
After that, the battalion was transferred to the Buinaksk district, in the so-called Kadar zone, where the battles were more intense. Having received the task of occupying the dominant height near the village of Dorheli, near the legendary Wolf Gate, the fighters overcame the fierce resistance of the Wahhabis entrenched there and captured it.
The battalion also participated in the clearing of the village of Karamakhi, which it would be more correct to call a repeated assault. During those battles, this unit lost its comrades: senior police sergeants Ramazan Magomedov, Magomed Shakhbanov, Gadzhibeg Bunyatov and junior police sergeant Ruslan Abdulkhamidov. All four posthumously awarded the Order of Courage.
In total, for those fights, state awards were awarded to a 104 man, and the commander of the battalion, Lieutenant Colonel Zagidov, was awarded the title Hero of Russia. He also became the first commander of the second Republican riot police, which was created by order of the Minister of Internal Affairs of Russia from October 18 of 1999.
Weekday second riot police
The squadron received the name "Scorpion" for its ability to respond to lightning speed and for the dire consequences for the object of their attack with the initial low number of fighters (about 200 people). Scorpion also called a special scourge, believed to be woven into it with thorns, which punish especially dangerous criminals. The official name of the squadron is OMON-2 of the Ministry of Internal Affairs for the Republic of Dagestan.
With the beginning of the second phase of the operation to eliminate bandits and after the transfer of hostilities to the territory of Chechnya, the detachment redeployed to border Khasavyurt, where he engaged in maintaining public order in the city, conducting raids, ambush events and special operations to detain the bandits involved in the attack on the republic. The result of his activity was the destruction of 67 members of the defeated "Khattab's army", the removal of 216 small arms, a huge amount of ammunition and drugs.
After that, specific everyday life began for the Dagestani OMON forces, smoothly flowing from one special operation to another.
Today, the commander of the Dagestan riot police, police lieutenant colonel Shamil Khizrievich Magomayev is even approximately at a loss to name the number of operations carried out by the detachment. The account has been going on for hundreds of years. Participation of the detachment in the operation to destroy the famous band head Ruslan Gelayev received a wide response. When in the beginning of December 2003 of the year he tried to break through to Georgia, border guards and policemen were the first to stand in his way. The search for the gang in difficult geographical and climatic conditions was carried out throughout January 2004, and, admittedly, not quite effectively: the leader of the gang, who had studied the area well, together with his bodyguards managed to break away from the pursuit and hide.
28 February 2004, three groups of soldiers of the detachment concentrated around the village of Nizhny Khvarshni, where, according to operational data, Gelayev was hiding with his people. Suddenly, the 2 th operational company fighters from a well-arranged ambush opened fire. People were in a very disadvantageous position - on a narrow icy trail that ends in the abyss. To fight in such conditions is impossible. The gangsters counted on this. The first in front was a wounded platoon commander in front, police captain Ibrahim Musayev. Having lost his balance, the officer, contused by a grenade exploded next to him, began to crawl into the abyss. A friend rushed to help him - police lieutenant Idris Magomedov. Under the incessant fire, he tried to keep a wounded comrade by covering him with his body. Steep icy slope did not allow to carry out his plan: both officers fell into the abyss. Only a lieutenant could be saved. This day was the last for the remnants of the band Gelayev. He himself did not go far and was killed in a shootout with border guards, also natives of Dagestan.
Hunters and game
During the next operation in January 2006, in the area of the village of Gimry, Untsukulsky District, the head patrol of the detachment was ambushed. A fierce firefight ensued on a difficult part of a mountain-wooded area. At the cost of his life, police lieutenant Tofik Novruzbekov and police ensign Mirza Akhmedov saved the lives of their comrades. At the same time, they not only ensured the withdrawal of the patrol, but also destroyed one and wounded two gangsters. A year later, working in the same area, riot policemen quitted up with the killers of their comrades in full. Then it was possible, without loss, to liquidate three and capture two gangsters in captivity, one of which was the leader of the Buinaksk sabotage and terrorist group.
One of the operations involving "scorpions" was carried out in October 2007, in the area of the "famous" village of Gubden, Karabudakhkent district. A company of riot police under the command of an experienced commander - police major Magomed Magomedov is located on the slope of Mount Shovhal dominating the terrain. Their task was to block in the designated area surrounded by a gang. As it turned out, another detachment of bandits, who, not knowing it, moved directly to the OMON forces, moved to the aid of the surroundings. A short clash occurred unexpectedly for both sides. Ours had a slight advantage due to the fact that they were slightly higher.
The company commander, who had lost his brother in the battles in 1999, did not shy away from a collision. Realizing that the bandits will try to leave, he went to rapprochement with them. The Forest Guys, who had recently considered themselves hunters, turned out to be wild in a flash. Hurriedly moving away, leading indiscriminately shooting, they set fire to the dry forest, hoping to hide in the smoke. Magomedov, without stopping the persecution, tried to circumvent the outgoing "wahs" by blocking the paths known to him. The bandits managed to break away from the pursuit. On the way of their withdrawal, traces of blood, pieces of bloodied bandages, abandoned backpacks with food and medicines, which they carried to the encirclement, were found. Militants clearly did not expect prosecution in "their" territory. In that battle, two guys were easily hurt, the commander himself was not hooked only by a miracle - after the battle, he found two bullet holes in worn camouflage.
"The game of traffic police"
Memorial commander of the detachment Shamil Magomayev and another operation associated with Gubden. Not far from this ill-fated 21 village of October 2008, the gangsters managed to organize an ambush in which a column of Dagestan militiamen fell. After the attack on one of the traffic police posts on the federal highway Rostov - Baku, gangsters in a hijacked car disappeared into a forest belt. Hot on the heels of a organized group of prosecution, consisting of local police officers and two crews of soldiers of the detachment. As it became clear later, the “rebels” prepared a trap in advance. When a convoy of UAZ policemen entered the forest, it was attacked by all the canons of the partisan war, undermining the first and last vehicles and mercilessly shooting the rest of the crews with automatic weapons and grenade launchers. Then the police lieutenant Zubair Akhmedov and police ensign Azizahmed Eskers died. The search for the murderers in hot pursuit by the forces of the arrived reinforcement did not yield any results, but after a few days the attackers received retribution. Two of them were detained, while four were resisted when resisting.
To beat on the sly, to strike unexpectedly in the back, to attack from ambushes - the methods of a small, weak, but organized and cunning enemy. In order to find an antidote, to develop his tactics, time is needed, which, as a rule, is sorely lacking. And yet, the guys from the second riot policemen have a lot of masterfully performed operations that have not been appreciated by specialists. These include the “game in the traffic police”, that is, the task of covering the traffic police.
In 2010, a gang of four appeared in Makhachkala specializing in attacks on DPS posts. People died, along with tension and fear grew and distrust of law enforcement. In just one day, seven inspectors died at once. The task of neutralizing the killers was put by the Minister of Internal Affairs personally to the commander of the riot police. It was not easy to calculate the impudent criminals who did not leave witnesses. On the same day, several crews of civilian vehicles with “scorpions” drove into the city to conduct covert surveillance of vehicles passing near posts. Special attention was paid to the white "Zhiguli" 6 model. And now good luck. A quick diversion, a few well-aimed shots and the result - a gang of thugs ceased to exist.
Awards for "scorpions"
There are more than enough people willing to get a job in the legendary unit. The commander has the opportunity, even for sergeant positions, to select candidates with higher education, but priority is given not to holders of university “floats” and red diplomas, but to people who are enduring, physically strong, and morally stable. Appreciates his squad and native ministry. Recently, a beautiful town has been built for them, in which there is everything necessary for service and recreation: from a comfortable gym and an excellent dining room to cozy cabin rooms and its helipad.
The squad that actually participates in the undeclared war deserves this.
Alas, no one has yet learned to fight without losses. And this unit continues to carry them. Today, the lists of the dead, who gave their lives for the Motherland, the people and the faith of their ancestors, are 22 people. The last fighter squad lost in the summer of 2012, during a special operation in the village of Kvanada, Tsumadinsky district.
Riot policemen worked out the task of checking abandoned houses on the outskirts of the village. Police junior sergeant David Kusaev first stepped into the house and met eight bullets fired at him by the leader of the Tsumadinskoye sabotage and terrorist group Nazmudin Najmudinov, who was hiding in the house (destroyed during the battle). The last thing David managed to do was shouting the others about the danger. Seven bullets withstood David’s body armor, eighth, ricocheting, hit his head ...
Before being transferred to the special police unit, David served, and not badly, in one of the republican FSO units. Handsome, tall, tall, he enjoyed success with women and respected colleagues. But the guy wanted a real male job. The question of his translation was long resolved, and when the order came, David was happy. The operation in Kwanada was the third for him. The commander introduced the sergeant to the state award. But he is not sure that the show will pass. The state of “scorpions” does not indulge lately.
The commander of the detachment, Shamil Magomayev, has two Orders of Courage and two medals "For Courage". Unfortunately, I did not have time to ask for what exactly he received them.