Heroes 17/02/20 Photo: Personal archive of M. Nurbagandov”Work, brethren!”: why this phrase became the motto of the Russian special forces

for several years the Internet spread a video, where they show training, or military work of the Russian security forces. Very often they begin with images of bony, bony guy South appearance and the inscription “Work, brothers!”, and ends with the lines “Work, brother.” This guy’s name is Mohammed Nurbagandov, and he said the words that became the motto, the rallying call of all Russian special forces.


Mohammed Nurbagandov was born in the Dagestani village of Sergokala 9 Jan 1985 – in the family head of the clinic, Comset Nurbagandov and Director of the school Nurbagandov Nurbagandov. Future hero graduated from the Lyceum № 2 in Sergokala with a gold medal in 2002, and in 2007 the faculty of law of the Dagestan state University with honors.

Then followed a service in the private security Management TSUNG of Russia in the Republic of Dagestan in the town of Kaspiysk. At work in the system of Mohammed has proved itself from the best side. Colleagues describe him as an Executive, responsible, always ready to help. However, to work in the private security young man had only two years.

9 July 2016 he received a well-deserved day off and decided to spend it in his native village, with his family. The surrounding area has to rest on the nature, among trees, near the slopes – the arrival of native defender’s relatives continued to celebrate with him in a forest, two kilometers from the village of Sergokala. In the evening women and of the men returned home, and Mohammed, a cousin of Abdurashid, and their three younger brothers-school children – remained. Fell asleep there in the forest. Neither Mohammed, nor Abdurashid – did not yet know that this is the last night of their lives.

the Bandits in the region

a Terrorist and all the crime situation in the area where happened the massacre – traditionally tense and anxious. Since 2014 she is in some way improved, but, in General, the data are disappointing: many years of fighting and anti-terrorist operation in the Chechen Republic has led to the “spread” of organized crime in the nearby regions, especially for the Republic of Dagestan.

the Confrontation became protracted and took on the character of the local partisan bickering accomplishes with surprising frequency. Only in 2019 in the territory of the Republic there were seven loud and large excesses of terrorist orientation, which were forced to attend special forces and other law enforcement officials. And that’s just the kind of information that got into the official Chronicles. The Internet media “Caucasian Knot” refers to the current situation in Dagestan a good example of “low intensity civil war in a particular region of the Caucasus.”

Regularly introduced the counterterrorist operation (CTO). The security forces tend to suppress the activity of criminals, but she breaks out again and again in different villages and localities. Mass murder, illegal arms trafficking, kidnappings, torture – sorry, it’s all in Dagestan are still not uncommon. Although the statistics from year to year all the brighter.

Only now the terrorists are still active. Particularly active militants of ISIS and the Caucasus Emirate*. The killer of Magomed Nurbagandov and his cousin Arthur Bekbolatov, Aziz of Jamalutdinov, and three others – were part of the “Emirate of the Caucasus” – or rather dependent on it division: the subversive group “Izberbashsky”. In the morning of 10 July, they came to the tents with vacationers near the village of Sergokala.

“Work, brethren!”

According to the official version, the “thugs” hiding from the security forces, decided to go into the forest and walked in those places Nurbagandov with relatives. But outposts, decided to show off. Not knowing what the people before them, they began roughabout to Wake the campers. Undeterred, kicked in the stomach by one of the brothers, students, Arsen, when the eldest brother Abdurashid stood up for the child, and began to argue with the thugs shot him on the spot. Then tied the rest and began to search the camp and found the certificate Nurbagandov.

Right after that they pushed Magmed and Arsene’s in the trunk and drove further into the forest. After about a kilometer, she pushed the smoke out of the trunk and executed.

Shortly after the killing in the Internet appeared the video with shots of violence. In a forest dressed in a tracksuit gunman holds an employee ID card, and between them is a dialogue.

Action: Here, caught the infidel, officer, Junior Lieutenant of police. You Nurbagandov?

Mohammed: Yes, I am.

then the scene changes. Follow brutal footage: gunman takes up arms and kill Magomed.

Directly after the murder, the criminals were able to safely escape. But long freedom, they weren’t. Figured them and 7 September 2016 in Makhachkala and Izberbash conducted anti-terrorist operation in which some of the terrorists were destroyed and surrendered. Went and murderers of Lieutenant Nurbagandov.

the Truth about the heroic deed of Mahomed came to light when, after clashes commandos searched the bodies of the militants and found one of them a mobile phone with a full version of roller.

the same forest and the same dressed in a tracksuit gunman holds an employee ID card.

Action: Here, caught the infidel, officer, Junior Lieutenant of police. You Nurbagandov?

Mohammed: Yes, I am.

And then the shots that the bandits cut. They, in the face of death, the employee retains his temper and his behavior, despite aimed his gun at him, and a full understanding of what awaits him, goes out a winner. The militants are trying to get him to convince other security forces of the Republic ofkey to leave the service.

Action: Tell me tell her (colleagues from law enforcement agencies).

Mohammed: say What?

Action: not To work.

Mohammed: Work, brethren, why not.

the filming can be seen: the rebels were so shocked that even for a few moments not even find words. Someone from the bandits behind the scenes says hesitantly, “Oh, swell, bold”. That is followed by the already known footage of the massacre.

Arthur Bekbolatov and Aziz of Jamalutdinov, who shot the video of the massacre on camera, appeared in the dock. The first was eventually sentenced to life imprisonment, despite giving truthful testimony, and the latter to 20 years imprisonment. Bekbolatov was charged in armed attack on employees of traffic police, therefore, got together. As for the operator of the LIH – Aziz Jamalutdinov, he escaped with life only because he was not directly killed Nurbagandov, actively cooperated with the investigation and, by his own admission, even tried to stop accomplices. The other three participants in the attack on unarmed people near Sergokala – were eliminated during special operations.

Mohammed Nurbagandov have retained the honor, dignity and loyalty to the military oath. Such courage are unable to mark the surviving raiders. They, being secured to the wall by evidence, began to confess what was required of them to confess. It just so happened that Jamalutdinov it partially helped, and Bekbolatova – no.

on 21 September of the same year with his parents heroically took the death of Magomed Nurbagandov met the President of Russia Vladimir Putin.

– I’d love to shake your hand and thank you for my son. the President said the father of Mohammed Nurbagandov Nurbagandov and his mother Comset, – He is a true hero and I signed a decree on awarding him the title of Hero of Russia. Not everyone under threat of death and executionand remains faithful to the oath and duty, remains faithful to his people. This is an example for many of us.

When the incident became widely known in detail, the phrase “Work, brethren!” immediately became a motto, a password with special forces soldiers and law-enforcement officers. Password, which the security forces respond with opinion: “Work, brother!”

* – an organization banned in Russia

Ilya Pozhidaev

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