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Dagestani Battalion as death sentence2012-11-27 14:49
Dagestanis now will be called up not to the Army but to the Interior Ministry troops stationed in Dagestan. Thus, the state gives the Dagestanis a chance to pursue a career in law enforcement agencies and will save the armed forces from the undisciplined soldiers. However, the citizens of the republic are not happy with the decision, since yesterday's boys will be sent to fight well-trained underground groups which may involve their relatives. So, fratricidal war is coming.
The decision to call up Dagestani guys into the Interior troops of Russia located in Dagestan was prepared prior to the campaign to create a negative image of recruits from the North Caucasus. Of the flow of information about the atrocities in the army they used only those incidents where young people form Dagestan featured. As a result, the appeal of this Republic was sharply reduced to a minimum. In 2010, there were called up 7,900 people, in 2011 - about 1,000 people. This spring, there were called up 2200 Dagestani conscripts; and this fall, only 179 guys were invited to the Emergencies Ministry and the Interior Ministry.
Since the Dagestanis want to serve to be able to work in the power structures, the message of conscription into Interior troops has not pleased them. As stated by the commander of the Central Regional Command of Russian Interior Ministry Colonel General Alexander Lvov at a meeting with the Permanent Representative of Dagestan in the Moscow region Magomed Saygidov, this spring Dagestani conscripts will form a special battalion. Its main objective, according to the spokesperson of the Interior Ministry of Russia Vasily Panchenko, will be "ensuring law and order in Dagestan". In the future, according to anonymous sources in the republican Interior Ministry, they're planning to create another couple of battalions with a total strength of about 700-800 people.
But such an alternative has led to resentment in Dagestani society. People believe that this venture will lead to fratricidal war, the chairman of the Independent Trade Union of Police Officers and Prosecutors Magomed Shamilov told the Big Caucasus.
"Conscription of Dagestani youth to the Interior troops of Dagestan means that children will be used against militants. We have barely achieved that they do not use local police in the fight against extremists and terrorists, and only professionals from the FSB and other agencies not from Dagestan would deal with them. Since the murder of brother - this is a civil war", Shamilov explains. "This generates revenge. They come out of the woods, kill policemen, authorities, to put it mildly, are not searching the criminals, and then the relatives are looking for them in the woods to take revenge. This feud is the most terrible thing in the world. We tried to avoid this".
In addition, the conscription to the Interior troops in Dagestan means that yesterday's schoolchildren will be on the front line, perhaps the most "hot spot" of Russia. The entire Russian society was against the use of conscripts in the war after the Chechen campaign. "And now we have such terrible losses because there are much better professionals than our young people. And no one answers for the fact that thousands of people are killed. Those commanders, who at least must be released from the post, and even put on indefinite term in prison, receive state awards".