Russian soldiers in Syria: "Over our heads provide 12 thousand dollars and the price increases"
• Russian soldiers in Syria: "Over our heads provide 12 thousand dollars and the price increases"
Especially for my blog Nigina Beroeva and Ksenia Bolshakova made a report from the Syrian city of Latakia, where the Russian Air Force bombed Syria. See what's going on there ...
Important disclaimer: This post is not about geopolitics and the situation in Syria in general, and a report about the life of the city of Latakia, which is on the territory controlled by the government forces, and next to which is a Russian air base. It shows the situation with only one hand.
... On the streets of Latakia is now calm, locals say, this silence was not long ago. Well, except for the sounds of Russian planes that regularly fly from the airfield.
Russian aircraft in the skies over Latakia.
In this fairy forest, close to the village in which I was born, Hafez Assad, Syrians rest.
- I live in Syria 16 years, she is originally from Belarus - tells us Jeanne M. Mazlum. - Our house in a village near the city. I will never forget the day when I first began to bomb. It was so awful, is not easy to convey. You sit in the basement, and fall from the sky bombs explode in neighboring yards. To such it is impossible to get used to. Who bombed? And the bomb did not ask, but they flew from Turkey, so probably - it rebels.
Jeanne M. is not going to leave, hoping that the war will soon be over. And from the ground do not want to start in a new place. Many of her friends had left - who in Damascus and who is in Europe.
- To the Russian attitude is good, - she says. - At least, most of my friends is glad that the operation began. As soon as the troops arrived, we stopped bombing. Russian soldiers are here very much.
This is the entrance to the airfield Hmeymim, where the base of the Russian Air Force in Syria and who is not allowed to shoot.
A column of Russian troops in Latakia. In the foreground - a portrait of Hafez al-Assad, which is adhered to the windshield of the car, so many do.
a simple logic, people are not to geopolitics, they would have to bomb fell.
We met Jeanne on a busy shopping street.
Here you can buy anything your heart desires: from antiques to the underpants with the word "Russia" or double-headed eagle. In some places you can find portraits of Bashar al-Assad and Putin together.
And this is where we met the Russian soldiers who are in the 30-degree weather decided to eat the local ice cream.
- Do not shoot us, please - just ask the guy (which is why we place a photograph in which it is impossible to detect faces). - It's not in our security and the security of our families. LIH declared jihad. If we find out who will take revenge, and above all our relatives. And for every Russian soldier announced a reward of 12 thousand dollars. Price increases, 6000 was a week ago. Why? Because our ten days consumed more militants than during the war.
Militants dream to capture Russian not for ransom - Russia does not pay ransom for their citizens, as well as the United States. And the soldiers know it. - At best, his attempt to recapture, and if it does not, it is better to blow, pull the pin: the death in this case it is better captivity and torture, - explains soldiers. - Well, you train me, Sanya, save? - with a smile drawn one soldier to another.
And they that passed by us Syrians smiled and said the military "schokran Russiya" (thank you in Arabic).
- I do not know, like the majority of the population supports the Russian army, at least they say so, but there are those who are against it - explain the soldiers. - Just who else to say about it in his eyes? I think fighters everywhere there are people. You be careful walking on the streets, the city of peace, but the war is here.
We ate ice cream with the guys and talked about the intricacies of the East and the vicissitudes of fate. During this time, it passed by a few groups of Russian soldiers with guns.
- Why did you come to fight? Do you have children? - we asked one of them. - I have no children, so I'm here. How why? I execute the order. I put on shoulder straps, so it is necessary to execute the order. The army is also divided into two parts: one on the parade goes, the other - on the war. It's all over soon, aviation works. You understand that the more we do not tell you anything.
The Russian base in Latakia guarded even from journalists. Entrance is allowed only pool of Defense (especially close journalists), in which we enter.
Therefore, you'll have to settle for screenshots.
Meanwhile, Russian planes howling dissolved in the blue sky. Air Force participates in the battle for Aleppo, which went three thousand Syrian soldiers, plus allied Iranian troops and soldiers Hebolla.
Ever since 2012, once the industrial center of Syria was divided into two parts: in the west of the Syrian army in the east as firmly entrenched radical Islamists. Damascus could not manage to liberate the city. Now they hope to do it with the help of allies.
Latakia - a city holiday: beaches, restaurants, shops. Wealthy people in the evening sitting in a cafe on the beach, smoking hookahs, eating delicious Syrian cuisine.
A beautiful young lady in expensive, sometimes too catchy, costumes, parade around on high heels. Looking at all this, you forget immediately that you are in a country where there is war. But coming out of the cafe, just come across endless military posts, placed all over the city, people with guns.
- Even when explosions were heard, people just sitting in a cafe, drinking and smoking. - tells me the waiter Ahmad.
- What do we do when the war is over? Let's get used to civilian life.