Dogs to help Russian servicemen in Tajikistan: Voice of Russia

Posted: April 10, 2012 in History, International, Politics, Region, Relations, Tajikistan
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The Russian military base 201, which is situated in Tajikistan, recently started to use dogs as mine searchers. The dogs help to clear up firing grounds from unexploded grenades or shells, or look for explosive devices in order to prevent terror acts during public events. The dogs’ handlers at the base 201 have undergone special training in Russia.

The Russian contingent has been deployed in Tajikistan since the early 1990s, mainly at the Tajik-Afghan border, and, partially, in the cities of Dushanbe, Kulyab and Kurgan-Tyube. The Russian 201 division took a decisive role in the outcome of the civil war in Tajikistan, which lasted since 1992 till 1997.

De-miners of the 201st division are obliged to regularly ‘clear up’ the firing grounds “Lyaur,” “Momirak” and “Sambuli” from all kinds of explosive devices. Each year, exercises to practice operations against terrorists are held at these firing grounds. Because of the very uneven landscape at the firing fields, it is impossible to search for explosive devices with methods traditionally applied in Russia for this purpose. The only possible way is to use mine detectors – and dogs.

At present, the military base 201 has more than 10 dogs. As a rule, they are trained in pairs. Shepherd dogs and Rottweilers are, as a rule, trained for guard and patrol duties, while Labradors – for searching mines. Labradors have all the qualities which are needed for a de-miner’s helper – they are perfect sniffers, they are strong, tireless and calm. De-miners say that dogs are often even more reliable than mine detectors.

via Dogs to help Russian servicemen in Tajikistan: Voice of Russia.

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