The Ministry of Internal Affairs has summed up the first phase of the Whirlwind-Anti-Terror operation, which began on September 13. How many stages are ahead? No one will answer this question now.

Sergey KANUNNIKOV, Anton CHUIKIN. Photo by Vladimir Knyazev, Vladimir Trusov

Gorky highway, September 14, 05.16. It so happened that on the second day after the terrible explosion on Kashirka, we returned to the capital from a short business trip. Seeing the long tail of cars at the entrance to the capital, one of us said: “Well, thank God! My militia is saving me! ”Indeed, at the traffic police post all vehicles larger than the Volga were inspected. So it was a month later, and two …

We are already accustomed to look at strangers with suspicion at the entrance, anxiously listen to news bulletins, are not surprised by barriers and reinforced police detachments at the entrance to large cities - “Special situation”.

Let's try to look at this phenomenon from two sides … the windshield. To do this, we’ll make a 400-kilometer journey through the capital and the surrounding area at the rented Gazelles, and we will also wait for a shift at one of the traffic police posts on the border of Moscow.

From September 13 to 30, 1, 442, 000 vehicles were inspected as part of the Whirlwind-Anti-Terror operation (402, 660 in Moscow).

Are they checking? Yes, they do. We were stopped at a harmless, in general, Gazelle with Moscow numbers at the exit from the capital and at the entrance. “What do you have there?” Yes, so, every country rubbish. The inspector clearly grabbed over the edge, demanding a passport not only from drivers and passengers, but also … from an old TV. According to the brave captain, all expensive things (I wonder how much he estimated the dismantled Terfon 1994 release?) Are required to have documents. “Otherwise, how to prove that you did not steal them?” Wow, the fight against terror! The policeman dismissed a hint of the presumption of innocence on the move, offering to go to sort out the department. Our willingness confused him. The terrible tone was replaced by thoughtfulness: “And you can put Kalashnikov in that box …” We could not disagree. “You are still lucky that there is no riot police now …” Having re-read the documents, the guard released us outside the MKAD. God forbid getting on such a servant by controlling a loaded KamAZ.

In Moscow, 2125 traffic police officers were involved in the operation. The number of posts and patrol routes is 579.

Since September 13, police have been working seven days a week for 12 hours a day. At the traffic police pickets, not only traffic cops are on duty. 5 traffic police inspectors, 2 OMON officers, 1 dog handler, 1 dog, 2 journalists, 1 photojournalist - this would be a roll call of “our” shift at the MKAD post. If necessary, employees of the department for combating economic crimes are connected to searches. At peak times, things are enough for everyone.

In the capital, 15, 919 vehicles with registration marks of the North Caucasus region were inspected; checked 24, 710 people who arrived from the Caucasus.

A similar person was going to the Gazelle with us - a good friend of one of the authors, who was born 30 years ago in Moscow and since then has been living almost without a break in it. The police examined his passport with particular interest: “How is it with your registration?” Ah, registration … ”By the way, the official“ citizen, documents! ”Ruben hears three or four times a day. "Not tired?" - "Used to …"

Outside the throne, the atmosphere is calmer. We waved 350 kilometers in the Moscow and Tula regions, drove 12 stationary posts and mobile pickets - and not one of our dusty Gazelles aroused interest! Either the local numbers signaled that, they say, their own, or the warm, autumn sunshine set the guardians of the road in a benevolent fashion, or maybe they had enough large trucks …

2786 pieces of firearms were seized (in Moscow - 15 units), explosives - 676 ​​kg, drugs - 929 kg (5.1 kg), counterfeit documents - 2003 (31). 13 explosive devices were discovered in the capital.

Among the people in gray (and yellow - pretty wraps?) We are standing at the bridge across the MKAD. "Clientele" is flowing - Russian trucks, Belarusian long-range trucks, local "bulls" with "gazelles". Other drivers “surrender” - without waiting for the inspector’s gesture, they themselves turn to the side of the road. Check almost all nonresident trucks and most of Moscow. The data of each inspected vehicle and its passengers are recorded in the registration journal.

Of course, it is impossible to climb all the corners of bodies and vans. The search comes down to checking documents and opening two or three boxes lying on the edge. Other drivers complain: particularly zealous law enforcers drove them into a wagon and forced them to unload countless boxes. In theory, each post should have a dog handler with a ward. On dogs - a special responsibility. Georges worked with us of an impressive size and formidable black color. He busily set off on a journey along a corridor cleared in a wagon, sniffed what he thought was necessary, and returned, saying that everything was in order.

Police officers escort some suspicious trucks to the place of unloading, sealed containers are opened in the presence of the representative of the consignee or the sender - who is closer.

Detained for committing crimes and wanted - 11 587 people (in Moscow - 93). Found previously stolen cars - 2246 (262).

Do not check everyone. The focus is on southern destinations. Having turned off, for example, from Kashirskoye Shosse to MKAD, you can enter the city through Strogino relatively freely. But, as an experienced traffic guard said, the law of large numbers worked - reinforced orders stopped much more violations and caught stolen cars than usual.

Drivers swore at exhausting traffic jams. Interior Ministry employees grumbled at the service seven days a week. Families, children, household chores - all set aside. No one is delighted with the "special situation." Some zealous lawyer will not leave stone unturned from the actual search procedure … But there are practically no conflicts between drivers and law enforcement officers - everyone is thinking about the safety of their home.