Today I have this story by reporter Alexei Degtyarev. The headline reads:
A Monument Has Been Raised to Magomed Nurbagandov, Hero Of Russia
Readers may recall my post, from a couple of years ago, about Magomed Nurbagandov, a police officer serving in Dagestan. Nurbagandov was captured by mountain bandits/terrorists and executed on video. He was killed on July 10, 2016 near the village of Sergokal. A couple of years later some justice was obtained when one of the members of the gang, Artur Bekbolatov, was sentenced to 24 years in a labor colony for the murder of Nurbagandov.
With their hostages in hand, the bandits/terrorists made it clear that their main goal was deterrence and payback for the police hunting them down. They wanted the police to desist in the hunt. Before shooting Nurbagandov point blank, the bandits tried to get him to say on video: “Quit the police, stop working for them.” Instead, looking directly at the camera, Nurbagandov urged: “Keep on working brothers.” («Работайте, братья».) An act which took tremendous courage. And Magomedov’s last words became a sort of catch-phrase among Russian patriots.
Now there is sort of a bittersweet closure to Magomedov’s story. The regional government of the Sergokalinsky Region of Dagestan set up a statue/bust to Magomedov, in a central park of the village of Sergokal, and unveiled it to the public in a solemn ceremony. The event was attended by colleagues from the police force, veterans, schoolchildren, volunteers, and residents of the village where Nurbagandov grew up.
Also attending were important Federal Russian officials, including Major-General of the Police Sergei Bachurin (who handles the Northern Caucasus beat); Deputy Prime Minister of Dagestan Vladimir Lemeshko; and Chief of Police of the whole Republic Abdurashid Magomedov. Lieutenant-Colonel Magomed Gadzhiev, of the police force, underscored in his speech that this act of placing a statue to a local hero, is a remarkable event for this village and region: “Magomed Nurbgandov’s final words, Keep on working, brothers! are addressed to all of us. We cannot remain indifferent in this war against the evils of humanity — terrorism and extremism. Magomed was a real man and remained so until the end. We remember him, and we are proud that we were able to serve in the same unit with him.”
The speeches were followed by a minute of silence, and then the laying of flowers around the statue. The bust was designed by Magomed-Ali Aliev, an artist and sculptor from Makhachkala.
There are also future plans in Russia to make a movie about Nurbagandov’s life and feat.