During our meeting, Shogenov spoke very little about himself, talked more about his comrades and operations in which the detachment suffered losses, talked about the importance of physical culture and sports and proudly demonstrated cups and medals won by subordinates in the ring and tatami.
“Living - respect, the fallen - memory. That's what matters, brother, ”Shogenov told me at the Eternal Memory stand, in which were photographs and the names of fallen comrades.
I came to serve in the police in 1992 from an agricultural technical school, where I held the position of deputy director. By that time, I was well known in the republic as a specialist in karate, which was then rapidly gaining popularity. And then there was an acute shortage of martial arts masters at the Ministry of Internal Affairs, and I began to undergo an internship with pleasure, assuming that I would be a sports instructor.
In Nalchik, karate developed thanks to the efforts of enthusiasts, many of whom soon occupied quite high positions in the system of state power structures (Eduard Kim, for example, later became deputy head of the North Caucasus RUBOP, Ruslan Gyatov - head of the Kabardino-Balkarian customs). There were no special halls, we trained in damp, stuffy basements, drawing knowledge from rare samizdat books and training videos of dubious quality.
Personally, the emergency service of the gunner-gunner of an armored personnel carrier in the Group of Soviet Forces in the GDR gave me a lot. A male team is a male team. The army system itself made me be disciplined, courageous and strong. And if, at first, it seemed to some two-meter ruts that if I was not tall, it means that I was weak and characterless, then after meeting with my fists, they quickly changed their mind.
After the internship, I was interviewed by the head of the OPS at the Ministry of Internal Affairs for the CBD, police colonel Alexander Ardashev, and soon became the officer in this very important police structure opposing organized crime in our republic.
When the SOBR of the OPS of the Kabardino-Balkarian Republic Ministry of Internal Affairs was established in January 1993, I, together with other operatives of the internal affairs bodies and officers of the internal troops, moved to a new unit.
The department’s tasks were multilateral: carrying out operations to detain and neutralize members of organized criminal groups and illegal armed groups, force support for operational investigative activities and investigative actions, the fight against terrorism and extremism, the suppression of gangs selling weapons, explosives, drugs.
The first commander of the department was a retired lieutenant colonel of the KGB of the USSR, retired Muaed Khusenovich Taov, an enthusiast and workaholic. Under his leadership, people worked, regardless of personal time, for sixteen or eighteen hours a day, sometimes for days. They were real fans of their work who worked for the idea. They did not have any benefits and advantages over other policemen, except for one - the first to detain the bandits. The personnel were practically in a barracks position; everyone understood the political and economic situation in the country at that time. Nobody had the temptation to go into criminal structures, on the contrary - people were burning for the cause of the cause.
In 1994, the post of the head of the department was appointed police colonel Ruslan Nazhmudinovich Kertiev, with whom I worked shoulder to shoulder for six years. He was a man with a capital letter, honest, courageous. He passed the way from the patrol-patrol service to the head of the department. Under his direct supervision in May 1994, we took part in the release of the hostages in Mineralnye Vody, and in December - in Makhachkala. They also participated in ensuring public safety and order in Dagestan, Chechnya, Ingushetia, North Ossetia - Alania, Karachay-Cherkessia.
The collapse of the Soviet Union untied the hands of the bandits, proliferated all sorts of scammers and swindlers, gave rise to brutal organized crime. The whole country, including the North Caucasus, was shaken by murders, hostage-taking, kidnapping. Organized criminal groups, merged with corrupt government officials, were operating everywhere. Happened, on capture of armed criminals it was necessary to leave two-three times in a day! There was a lot of work.
In 1999, the department took an active part in the operational-search activities to detect and apprehend Likhov's gang, known for its cruelty. On account of the scumbags was 21 human life.
Then, in the course of the events held, it was possible to find out the location of the gang members, to determine the addresses at which they were hiding. The management, having analyzed the situation, decided to detain everyone, having worked simultaneously on a dozen addresses. The high professionalism of our employees allowed us to neutralize the whole gang without loss among the personnel of the department. When the leader of the gang was arrested, he tried to snatch a pistol from the safety catch under the pillow, with a cartridge sent to the chamber, but he didn’t have time to shoot it - it was twisted into a second.
However, comparing the gangsters of those days and the current scumbags, I note that the criminals used to try to comply with their “concepts” and rarely used weapons against law enforcement officers, and now the killing of a police officer has become almost the main reason for the existence of gang members. My personal conviction, which is backed up by years of service and dozens of arrests by notorious criminals, is this: there are no moral principles, no gangsters have any faith in the Almighty, Islam is for these “imagines” just a cover to extort money from businessmen and officials. But the whole gangster evil must know: the punishment for a crime is inevitable.
I have always been proud to serve with honest and dedicated people. This was the police captain Nikolai Mukhamedovich Shogenov, who came to us in the squadron in 1993. On the morning of February 22, 1997, Nikolai took over the shift duty of the daily shift. In the evening, he and a group went to arrest a particularly dangerous criminal. On the way to the address indicated by him on the roadway, a child ran out in front of the car. Shogenov abruptly turned the steering wheel, and the car crashed into a tree. Nikolai received a head injury that is incompatible with life. 23 February 1997, without regaining consciousness, he passed away. We grieved the loss.
By order of the Minister of the Interior of the Russian Federation of September 16, 2002, all SOBRs were renamed into special forces. In 2011, after a series of reforms and a series of renaming, the special forces of the police were returned historical name. Now we are called the Elbrus SOBR of the Ministry of Internal Affairs for the CBD.
Chechnya: strength test
And although the beginning of 1990-x was not easy, the first Chechen campaign was the main test of the department for strength and readiness. There, on a big war, we first got into the spring of 1995 of the year. It was a large combined-arms operation in the village of Samashki, which was led by Lieutenant-General Anatoly Romanov.
After two days of unsuccessful attempts by Romanov to solve the matter in peace, a consolidated group of internal forces units and various SOBRs and OMONs entered the village.
The trenches in which militants settled were dug skillfully. They were located in densely overgrown front gardens between houses, under trees and superstructures, and they were difficult to detect. He played on his hand and a ravine, which divided the village in two. Therefore, the clashes in Samashki lasted two days.
During that one and a half month trip, we also worked with the RUBOP operatives, the FSB and military intelligence officers in different areas of Chechnya: they detained members of the gangs and their accomplices, seized weapons and ammunition, and cleared objects in the countryside.
The second time we went to Chechnya for the second campaign, and after serving in Mozdok and Khankala from 5 to 20 in March 2000, we participated in battles for the village of Komsomolskoye, in which the gangs Gelayev and Khachukaev broke through from the Argun gorge. Grand battle was. Gangs of gangs who tried to dissolve in the neighboring villages or dig into mountain holes, during the arrests resisted and were destroyed by return fire.
In 2001 – 2002, our combined detachment stood for half a year in the village of Tsa-Vedeno, located on the left bank of the Hulhulau River, in 7 kilometers north of the regional center of Vedeno. From there, in close conjunction with FSB operatives, special forces of the internal troops, wax intelligence, and with the support of paratroopers, we successfully worked throughout the area, which has notoriety as a real gangster wasp nest.
After the detention of a number of militants who attacked the rear columns and fired at roadblocks, we managed to reach the son of the so-called “brigadier general of Ichkeria”. We are armed with a passport to someone else’s name by cunning, quietly and without dust, taken alive at the entrance to the village of Itum-Kala. Local women and children, who were riding next to him on the bus, were not injured. So the district gang, which has prepared a network of caches with weapons and ammunition, was left without its guide. And he, deciding to save his life, pointed to the outskirts of the rural cemetery, from where we dug out a whole ammunition depot, consisting of 362 mortar mines and small arms. True, I had to pretty sweat: caches hid under three meters of rocky land!
With gratitude, I remember our colleagues from the detachments of Astrakhan, Rostov-on-Don, Stavropol, Krasnodar, with whom we later worked in Grozny, supporting the UBOP operatives in the fight against the militants who were hiding in the ruins of the city.
During the day, the gangsters tried to legalize and get allowance or get a job, and at night they put land mines on the paths of the army columns and fired at roadblocks and temporary departments of internal affairs. Hot days were!
Losses: in war as in war
Of all the most difficult missions, the detachment always returned home in full force. Losses, unfortunately, began here, in the homeland.
14 May 2003 of the year during the special operation to neutralize a particularly dangerous armed criminal killed junior police lieutenant Anzor Autlov.
On that hot day, along with the operatives of the Republican Organized Crime Control Department, the detachment’s on-duty department arrived in Tyrnyauz to detain a native of the village of Kendelen, who was a member of one of the illegal armed groups operating in Chechnya and Georgia.
The man, who had previously been convicted twice for crimes related to the illicit trafficking in weapons and drugs, according to operational data, returned to KNard X in the Kabardino-Balkaria in May and after a couple of days he settled in one of the Tyrnyauz apartment blocks.
In the evening of May 14, the police officers with the policeman approached the apartment and, having introduced themselves, offered to open the door and surrender. In response, a gunfire erupted through the door.
In the case entered the special forces. Having smashed the door with a sledgehammer, the guys threw stun grenades into the corridor. The security officer Autlov, distinguished by a good reaction, was to be the first to enter the apartment according to a previously developed plan. Quickly running into the room where the fighter had barricaded himself, Anzor rushed to him. He opened fire again. One of the bullets, fired at close range at close range, pierced a bulletproof vest and hit Anzor in the heart, another bullet smashed a bone in his arm.
The comrades helped the wounded to leave the apartment and organized their evacuation to the hospital, but Anzor was not saved.
In order to avoid new victims, they began to negotiate with the criminal, offering him to surrender. He did not agree. Then his mother was brought from Kendelen to Tyrnyauz. An elderly woman begged her son to leave for a long time, he refused.
During the re-assault, in which the special forces had already used manual fragmentation grenades, the bandit was destroyed.
By the decree of the President of Russia, Anzor Khasanovich Autlov was awarded the Order of Courage (posthumously). He was buried in the village of Atazhukino, where one of the streets was named after him. Every year, the Ministry of Internal Affairs for the CBD, with the support of the FSO Dynamo and local veterans' organizations, holds in honor of Anzor an open championship of the Republic in hand-to-hand combat.
24 May 2003, while trying to detain Muslim Atayev, who was suspected of a number of high-profile crimes and participating in the bloody raids of Gelayev’s gang on the territory of Dagestan and Ingushetia, two members of the squadron were injured. Ataev, hiding behind a hostage, fled into the forest.
Atayev was considered the leader of the extremist Jamuat "Yarmuk", organized in the village of Kendelen in the Elbrus region. He had been hiding from justice for almost two years, but we destroyed 27 on January 2005 of the year, along with six of his accomplices suspected of attacking the FSKN Directorate of the KBR on the night of 13 on 14 of December 2004. Then, after shooting four police officers Anzor Lakushev, Yuri Pshibiev, Murad Tabukhov and Akhmed Gergov, who were on duty at the police office, the militants kidnapped about 250 weapons and tens of thousands of rounds and then set fire to the building.
After the discovery of Atayev 25 in January 2005 of the year in a high-rise building on the outskirts of Nalchik, the leadership of the republican Ministry of Internal Affairs negotiated with him for voluntary surrender for more than a day, but they did not produce results. While the negotiations were going on, the gangsters did not sit idly by, but equipped five firing points in three apartments on different floors in a busy house and carefully prepared for defense. During the assault that began after the evacuation of residents of neighboring houses, three members of the special forces received injuries and contusions, including me.
Nalchik: fighting in the city
October 13 2005, during a large-scale attack by militants on Nalchik, my deputy lieutenant colonel of police Ruslan Kalmykov was killed.
That day began for him from three o'clock in the morning, with the departure to the holiday village near the village of Belaya Rechka in the suburb of Nalchik. There the case helped us. Some summer resident, noticing a group of armed young people, called the 02 number. The bandits were discovered and then dispersed as a result of the battle. Two were able to escape to the mountains, two were killed, another was taken alive.
At 9 in the morning, gangs of up to 200 people at the same time, using automatic weapons and grenade launchers, attacked the locations of security forces in Nalchik, and also set up ambushes for possible movement of law enforcement officers and military personnel.
After receiving a signal about the attack, Kalmyks with their subordinates left to help their colleagues who came under fire. In the area of the department store at the intersection of Lenin and Kuliev avenues, the Ural motor vehicle, in which our children were driving, opened fire.
Special Forces joined the battle. After destroying five militants, they sent “Ural” with a wounded comrade to the hospital and drove further in the armored “Gazelle” towards Nogmov Street. At this time, the duty officer of the Department for Organized Crime Control reported by radio that the UFSB buildings in the KBR, the 2 ATS of Nalchik and the Center T were subjected to shelling.
In the area of the Center T building, Kalmykov’s group noticed a wounded policeman, who was lying opposite the Krupskaya Library on the sidewalk. To save the wounded man’s life, it was necessary to immediately evacuate him from the line of fire. Kalmykov decided to pull out the victim under the cover of an armored personnel carrier of the internal troops that followed their car.
Throwing open the back door of the minibus, Ruslan stepped towards the wounded man. Once in the unprotected space, he immediately fell under the aimed fire of militants hiding in the shop "Gifts", located at the intersection of Lenin Avenue and Nogmov Street, and received a fatal wound to the chest. At the cost of his own life, he managed to save an employee who, after suppressing identified fire emplacements, was evacuated from the shelling zone.
By decree of the President of Russia, police lieutenant colonel Ruslan Aslanbievich Kalmykov was posthumously awarded the Order of Courage. In Baksan, one of the streets of the city is named after him, and school number 3 is named after him.
12 January 2008 of the year in Nalchik killed police lieutenant Albert Rakhayev. He accompanied the head of the Organized Crime Control Department at the Ministry of Internal Affairs for the CBD Colonel of Police Anatoly Kyarov.
Practicing operational information regarding active participants in an illegal armed formation, Kyarov arrived at the house on Shogentsukov Street, where, when leaving the yard at the intersection with Pushkin Street, his company car was attacked. Three militants, blocking the courtyard travel machine, shot the car stopped by police officers with machine guns. Despite the multiple injuries received, Rakhayev resisted the attackers. He fired back, covering behind him Kyarov. The driver of their car managed to orient and drive off to the side, but Albert died from gunshot wounds to the chest and head. By decree of the President of Russia, Albert Khizirovich Rakhayev was posthumously awarded the Order of Courage.
Albert is a native of Nalchik. In July, 2000 became a law enforcement officer. During his service in the riot police, he was sent on four long trips to carry out service and combat missions to Chechnya. Cavalier medal "For courage." He distinguished himself in a clash with members of an illegal armed formation in the vicinity of Chegem in the summer of 2004 of the year and in February of 2005 of the year while neutralizing the militants from the "Karachay Jamaat". In January, 2006, Rakhayev participated in a special operation in the village of Anzorey in the Lesken District of the Republic. Then the Wahhabis, fleeing from the police, ran into a private house and took his master hostage. On the offer to surrender, they opened fire with machine guns at the special forces surrounding the house. As a result of the storming of the house, the hostage was released, and the militants were destroyed.
In February, 2006, Rakhayev transferred to us and soon entered the group of physical protection of protected persons.
12 January 2008 of the year, covering with a fire from a pistol of employees evacuated from a damaged car, Kyarov was also killed. Two of his subordinates survived thanks to the selfless actions of Anatoly Sultanovich.
Commander of the Order of Courage and Medal of the Order for Services to the Fatherland, II degree Anatoly Kyarov was one of the symbols of the fight against the militants. His death was a great loss for us, but she did not break the desire to resist the vile pseudo-religious plague and defend the right of our children to a decent life. His death made us fight even more actively with bandits of all stripes, for Kyarov was and remains for us the most powerful leader, patriot, and comrade in arms. I am proud that I had to work with Anatoly. He is a worthy son of the Caucasus, our pride.
For courage and heroism shown in the performance of official duty, Anatoly Sultanovich Kyarov was awarded the title of Hero of the Russian Federation by post of President (posthumously). The central street Chegema and a school in Nalchik, which he graduated, are named after him.
Wound: in lead rain
On the morning of June 10 2011, a militant tried to lay an explosive device with a power of up to 10 kilograms of TNT in order to undermine a convoy of military personnel in a pipe for the flow of water under the Baksan-Azau road near the village of Neutrino in the Elbrus region.
The combined special forces group, arriving in the area, prevented the laying and, blocking possible ways for the bandits to retreat to the road, headed to the mountain range 25 kilometers above the city of Tyrnyauz to conduct reconnaissance and search activities.
When we surveyed the terrain, and these are mountains covered with impassable vegetation, heavy fire from machine guns was opened at us, followed by grenades. My deputy police colonel, Zamir Dikinov, with a return fire suppressed the enemy firing point. Noticing that the group began to shoot from the other flank, he, leading continuous shooting from a machine gun, rushed to his comrades and, in fact, took fire on himself. Having received multiple injuries, Zamir Hasanbievich died. At the cost of his own life, he prevented the death of employees of our squad and other participants in the special operation.
Zamir Dikinov served in the detachment since July 1996 of the year, was awarded the Medal of the Order for Services to the Fatherland, II degree, with the medals "For Courage", "For Distinction in the Protection of Public Order" and "For Combat Commonwealth". In 2011 alone, under his direct supervision, members of the squadron took part in more than thirty large-scale reconnaissance and search activities. He was a wise warrior, a very educated and insightful officer, a good mentor and just a sincere man. I really miss him.
The battle lasted more than five hours. Under the fire of the militants, I tried to evacuate the wounded Zamir, but I myself was seriously wounded, three more of my comrades were wounded. We still managed to destroy the six militants armed with a Kalashnikov light machine gun, five submachine guns and four Makarov pistols and a TT. When inspecting the bodies of the bandits, my guys also found three F-1 grenades and a large number of improvised Khattab grenades, about four hundred rounds of ammunition, a map of Nalchik with marks of automobile bridges and overpasses planned for demolition, portable radio stations, and other property.
The liquidated members of the so-called “Elbrus bandit group” were wanted for involvement in the murder of a married couple from the Krasnodar region in the Chegem gorge and deputy chief of the inspection staff of the Interior Ministry for the Republic of Dagestan, police colonel Emin Ibrahimov at the Jilsu source in the Zolsky district. They killed the residents of the Orenburg region and fired at tourists from St. Petersburg, undermined the cableway and cellular base stations in the Elbrus region, extorted large sums of money from businessmen, stole vehicles.
I want to express my deep gratitude to everyone who put me on my feet. I felt the care of many people, including President of the Kabardino-Balkarian Republic Arsen Kanokov and Minister of Health Fatimat Amshokova.
After treatment in Moscow, I was transferred to the post of deputy chief of police of the Ministry of Internal Affairs for the CBD. But my soul demanded not office work, but movement. I could not leave the special forces at a difficult time for the republic and returned to my home squad.
Weekday SOBR: the struggle continues
We train and develop not only us, but also militants. They prepare ambushes, invent new traps. 3 September 2011 of the year in Baksan, during the blockade of the house in which the gangsters settled, the detachment suffered another heavy loss. The bandits, letting the special forces closer, changed their mind to surrender, attempted a breakthrough and opened heavy fire from machine guns.
The junior police sergeant Amir Dalov, who was closest to the house, was the first to take the fight, received gunshot wounds, but was able to suppress the enemy’s firing point. He gave the opportunity to his comrades to make a maneuver and hide from bullets. During the battle, the guys eliminated four militants.
Dalova was quickly taken to the hospital and operated on. But after six days he died without regaining consciousness.
Amir Amdulakhovich Dalov was 23 of the year, he served in the detachment just 4 a month. Candidate master of sports in hand-to-hand fighting, champion of the republic Dalov was buried in his native village of Cuba, where one of the streets was named after him. By the decree of the President of Russia he was posthumously awarded the Order of Courage.
In the evening of December 31 2011 of the year in Baksan, the militants fired from the automatic weapon the car of the commander of the special security detachment, police lieutenant colonel Murat Shkhagumov. From his wounds he died on the spot. His sons 7 and 11 years were also injured, but fortunately survived.
Murat Gumarovich Shkhagumov served in the internal affairs bodies since July 1995, he was awarded two medals "For Courage", as well as medals "For the difference in the protection of public order" and "For military cooperation". At the school where Shkhagumov studied, a memorial plaque was installed.
Despite the huge number of combat trips, we try all our free time to engage in self-education, tactical and fire training, as well as, of course, sports, because without good physical shape in our work is impossible. We train here, at our base, and, thanks to the support of the Deputy Minister of Sports, Tourism and Resorts of the KBR, Khachim Mamkhegov, a native of our squad, in the wonderful sports complex of the Agricultural Academy. Today, the squad is served by a master of sports of international class, 4 masters of sports and 12 master candidates. Two of them, as winners of the All-Russian competitions, went to the World Championship in hand-to-hand fighting and won the "gold".
We must train in any terrain at any time of the day. Therefore, in the classroom, we simulate various options for the situation. We don’t have any husks and show off. Practically every day, facing death face-to-face, every employee knows that it is he who can come in handy when storming a private household or apartment in a high-rise building, therefore, he practices and trains up to seventh sweat. And it brings results.
In 2012, in the complex competitions held in St. Petersburg among the special forces of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, we took the 2-place. I think this is a great success, proving our professionalism. And at the annual special forces competitions held in memory of the Hero of Russia Andrei Vladimirovich Krestyaninov, our employees occupy only prizes.
Life goes on, the struggle continues. Bandits do not become masters in our land - we will not give.