Catching Dagestan slave traders with live bait
Catching Dagestan slave traders with live bait

A white bus with numbers 05 of the region was already approaching the Don highway along the ring road when it was stopped at a traffic police checkpoint. The driver, whose documents were in order, did not express any signs of concern and even tried to joke - just like the passengers, 40 natives of sunny Dagestan, who, having finished their business in Moscow, were returning to the republic. They smiled.


The jokes ended when the forty-first passenger, a slovenly dressed man, was removed from under the seat by the police. He was almost in a deranged state. It was Oleg Melnikov, an activist of the public organization "Alternative", working on the liberation of Russian slaves who were captured in the Caucasus. Oleg was homeless for a week at the Kazan station, waiting to be sold into slavery. And he was sold.

The "Alternative" activists knew about this scheme for a long time. And even the signs of recruiters, which were told to them by people previously freed from slavery in Dagestan. All this was known to the police, but alas - it was never worked out by the operatives. And since the relatives of the slaves are scattered, scattered and cannot get together, say, go and destroy a shopping center, as the residents of Biryulyovo did, the chances that the police car would start to radically resolve the issue with the Dagestan slave traders were slim. The police, alas, have enough other worries. But what about those whose relatives are in captivity, in a hostile environment? After all, every one of the prisoners claims that it is not individual villains who are keeping them in slavery, but that they are essentially guarded by whole villages, by the whole world, like cattle, in which case they catch the fugitives by the forces of the indigenous people, with the most active help from the local police.

Test purchase

The decision was not indisputable, and the leader, Oleg Melnikov, went to him for a long time. But, in the end, seeing the powerlessness of the police, seeing more and more cases when people were taken into slavery with impunity (and not everyone could then be found), seeing the grief of his relatives, whom no one helped, Oleg decided to go this way himself, so that the recruiters come out to him and take him prisoner. Like a doctor who injects himself with a new unknown drug in order to understand how to help people later.

To get into the "risk group" for sure, Melnikov had to live at the Kazan station for about a week, get to know all the local bums, crooks and law enforcement officers, who, however, did not pay special attention to the new visiting bum. And a week later, the fish pecked - on Friday, October 18, a recruiter named Musa approached him and offered to "earn a little money." Musa assured that he had been helping all those in need for two years already and had been doing it disinterestedly and had nothing to do with it. And the name, and the signs, and the dark understated "Lada" with tinted windows (and the eternal Caucasian boom-boom from the inside) exactly corresponded to what the previously freed slaves told.

After you say yes to this recruiter, or at least you don’t say no, you will face many years of slavery and possibly death. After which you will be burned in a brick kiln. And without a body, as our police joke, there is no case. There will be only an eternal "search" - this is when no one is looking for anyone, and the name of the missing person has been dangling in police databases for only years. Oleg Melnikov and the recruiter drove to the Teply Stan metro station, where Musa handed him over to another recruiter named Ramzan. “They walked away from me for a while, talked about something, and then I saw how Ramazan gave Musa money, I don’t know how much money,” Melnikov says. It is impossible to say no if you have already been paid for …

Later, just before boarding the bus in the village of Mamyri, on the territory of new Moscow, where buses from the fifth region park every day, Oleg was told that he would have to travel 30 hours to Dagestan, and he tried to refuse - but I don’t want to, they say. “You see,” the slave traders explained to him soulfully, “you can’t help but go. You've already been paid for. You HAVE to go. " And they offered to discuss this issue, at the same time to have a drink - fortunately, there is a kiosk right next to the bus stop. A sweet, friendly woman, the owner of the kiosk, immediately hurried in advance, realizing her task without further ado, and plastic cups appeared from under the counter. And although Oleg only sipped some alcohol-containing drink poured by the hostess of the kiosk, smelling of valerian, imperceptibly pouring the rest under the wall of the kiosk - that was enough. Gradually, he began to realize that he was losing consciousness, and he was being packed under the seat on the bus. He praised his last strength to send an SMS to colleagues on the way, who were looking forward to news from Oleg in ambush - call the police, an ambulance, I lose consciousness. After that, Oleg remembers little.


The bus on which Oleg Melnikov was taken away

Oleg Melnikov commented on the situation: “The first and most important reason why I did not go all the way to Dagestan is banal, we simply didn’t have enough money to rescue me if something happens. It was also comforting that all those people whom we freed, and who experienced all the horror of slavery, said that no one had died from the liquor that was poured to them. Still, we completed the main task, traders disappeared from the train stations and now everyone who gets on the bus to Dagestan is put on the lists by their passports. do further, but already now I can say that we have an idea of ​​how to influence these people ourselves. For example, in the eyes of that woman from the kiosk who poured poison for me, I still saw a share of regret. And now It is not known who she is, her name and what she does. We want to bring the whole circle of her acquaintances and colleagues up to date. Surely she has children who go to school, whose classmates should also be told what grief the mother of their friends brings to other mothers. They just don't know what's going on. There are several such illustrative examples, but most often I remember one story. We were approached by a woman whose son had disappeared. We could not help him, because a few days later the police reported that he had died, but the blood type did not match, and this woman, since 2010, has not lost hope of returning her son from slavery, and puts every month on his phone, from which he last called, 100 rubles. As soon as a pension appears, she immediately goes to a psychic who says that he is alive. If the psychic says the opposite, then she no longer goes to him and is looking for another. Unfortunately, we cannot help many people, but we can save someone, mainly people from the provinces fall into slavery, and we do our best to find them. Now the number of missing people is from 80 to 120 thousand people, according to our calculations, 5-7 percent are in the Dagestan stone factories. These are very large numbers, compared to how many we managed to save in a year - 120 people. We do what we can, but we are very limited financially."

Oleg Melnikov is now safe and lies at the Sklifosovsky Institute. Tests showed that he was poisoned with barbiturates. At the time of hospitalization, his condition was assessed as "moderate," but he still has to lie down. Since, according to doctors, poisoning is a dangerous thing, and relapses and worsening are possible. He managed to avoid the full dose - otherwise he would have been passed out for 30 hours, until Dagestan itself.Like all those others, those who left to "earn a little money for a living" in warm regions.

Slave market in Mamyry

While Oleg was in the hospital, his associates freed another slave in Dagestan, who was taken away according to the same scheme, through the Russian slave market in Mamyry about a month ago. The flow of "white goods", apparently, does not dry up at this transshipment base - after all, the economy of Dagestan is growing, and new factories require new slaves. The liberated man was recruited by the same Ramzan, who is quite respected in his homeland, drives a Mercedes, and does not disguise himself, as in Moscow, as a poor relative in a Lada. And, apparently, is well known to the local police. Just like other slave owners and slavers, they are participants in this live traffic. They are all at large - and it seems that no one is going to detain them there. But on the other hand, what do you want from the distant Dagestan police, when in Moscow itself, the capital, all roads, all roads are open to Caucasian slave traders?

Formula of slavery

Slavery in all forms still exists in Russia, but it was only in Dagestan that local businessmen realized to revive it in its traditional form. That is, according to the local ancient and not very beautiful custom, they began to drag the inhabitants of the plains into the full. Historians called such a system of management "the raid economy." Of course, for most of the inhabitants of Dagestan, the very fact of slavery causes rejection and condemnation, otherwise the liberation mission of volunteers would be impossible in principle. But, in addition to those who are forced to work, at 561 brick factories in Dagestan, thousands of voluntary slaves who have come from Russia are working. And this is perhaps the most terrible sign. This phenomenon cannot be defeated by police inspections; it lies in a different plane - in the economic one. Having interviewed a good hundred men, we were once again convinced that there is no work in the provinces, and every year there are fewer. There is only one reason - migration pressure on all segments of the manual labor market. One of the workers, originally from the Pilninsky district of the Nizhny Novgorod region, explained to us what the hell brought him to Dagestan to work 15 hours a day for 10-12 thousand rubles. Normal, non-drinking man, family. A joiner, carpenter, finisher, with a tractor license, could not find work at home:

- I tried to get a job as a janitor in Nizhny Novgorod. And what did they tell me? You have a regional registration! And next to them, they walk in a crowd, with brooms, which, not only have a residence permit, do not have citizenship.

- Have you tried to get a job in Moscow?

- And I came here from Moscow, you have the same thing there.

Who wants to help "Alternative": YAD 410011569894386 R305103454198 Oleg Melnikov's phone: +79645737207 Source

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