In early September 1999 around two hundred Chechen fighters crossed the border into Dagestan, obviously looking for **** to **** up. A large group lead by one Emir Omar Karpinski attacked on the outskirts of the village Tuhchar where a group of Dagestani policemen were stationed along with 13 Russian Internal Troops and a BMP-2 at a checkpoint. They attacked from the rear, surrounded and inflicted huge damage on the Russians by shelling them. The BMP was entrenched and took down many Chechen fighters. Russian Lt. Vasily Taskin ordered the armored vehicle to drive out of the trench and open fire across the river on a car full of rebels fast approaching them. This was a huge mistake: a shot from a rocket-propelled grenade at the BMP obliterated it. The gunner was killed and the driver wounded.
The defensive was over and it was time to go. Many of the Russians and Dagestani police either hid in the village in attics, basements, even under corn or managed to evade the Chechens who now owned the area. Five young Russian troops staged a firefight from a house and managed to last until they ran out of ammo. Machine gun fire and a shot from a grenade launcher convinced them to surrender. A sixth was turned in by villagers who obviously didnt think much of Russians.
By order of the Emir Omar the prisoners were taken to a clearing near the outpost. The event was meticulously recorded by the camera operator Islanu Mukaeva. Emir Omar was pissed at the amount of his own men that had been blown away by the BMP and ordered the prisoners execution,and called all the men in to watch. Emir Omar then ordered his men to cut the heads off the soldiers. Five of the men including Lt Taskin had there throats half cut (so they suffered more) or were virtually beheaded, except for Private Alexey Lipatov who was shot after he managed to slip away and escape. The militant chasing Lipatov grew tired of that **** quicky and just shot him instead. The final man killed in the video (and possibly the most gruesome angle in the vid) was done by Emir Omar Karpinski himself. This would be the end of the video, and the matter for now.
In the year 2000 the Russian FSB tracked down Islanu Mukaeva and his video collection. He can be heard as the cameraman on the video encouraging the men with the knives. He was charged with terrorism and being a member of an illegal group and given 25 years in prison. His video now helped identify the others. They have since been killed by special forces operations, captured or remain wanted. During his caputure police also seized weapons, ammunition and another videotape execution of Russian servicemen (this one is unknown).
Tamerlane Hasaeva was captured next. Well, he was already in prison for kidnapping, so captured is a useless word. He explained he was reluctant to cut the head off anyone, and in the video he only jabbed the guy in the neck and then handed the knife over (blue shirt, black pants in the video). He was there for salvaged weapons according to his story, he could sell them and make money. He told how when he hesitated and gave the knife away the head rebel Omar was disturbed by his lack of faith and took away his grenade launcher, aka his retirement fund. After around one month in prision, Tamerlane Hasaeva ‘died’. (no surprises there)
Also captured was 35-year-old Arby Dandan, who, according to the Russian courts, personally cut the throat of the senior lieutenant Vasily Taskin. He was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment in a special regime, and in this photo he looks pretty happy for a guy about to meet a prison full of Russian criminals who would enjoy cutting his head off, probably with food as the main motivator in mind.
The Russian troops killed in this video are all seen as national heros with schools and monuments named after them, the video only made Russians more aware and angry at the Chechens and Putin vowed to kill them, as he would barehanded anyway if he had the chance. The guy wrestles bears for ****s sake.
The video will go down as one of those things you’ll never forget, some guy fainted seeing it and knocked his ****ing teeth out so it has that effect. War is hell.
-Chechnyan guys commit massacre on Russians in open field
-Most are caught afterwards, imprisoned and/or killed in Russia.
-Massacred Russians are now national heroes.
pics of the guys who did the killings: