Cotton tanks for women: Women’s Tank Tops, Camisoles & More

Shop the Best Women’s Tank Tops From Everlane, Reformation, and More

I feel like tank tops don’t get the recognition they deserve. They live in the shadows of nice T-shirts, but they’re great in their own right. Tanks are the perfect layering option. They don’t get all bunchy in the armpits under blazers. And they really go with any kind of bottom, from jeans to a flowy skirt.

But not all tank tops deserve a coveted place in your clothing rotation. Find a tank that works for you and your aspirations and stick with it, whether it’s a cami-style or a muscle tank. We’ve rounded up five of the best-reviewed and most-loved tank tops to give you a head start in finding the best sleeveless tee that you can find.

Vislivin Womens Supersoft Camisole Stretch Casual Tank Top

You can’t go wrong with a three-pack of comfortable, cotton tanks. These have a touch of spandex to stay stretchy all day.

Lands’ End Women’s Cotton Tank Top

This loose-fitting tank is 100% cotton and is perfect to pair with practically anything. It has a wider-cut back to keep your bra straps hidden and comes in both solid colors and patterns.

MIHOLL Womens Sleeveless Twist Knot Waffle Knit Tank

If you want a tank that has a little more personality, this is the one for you. Not only is it soft and stretchy, the knot detail makes it a little less casual that usual.

This easy-breezy tank top is my summer uniform. It’s cut in a way that still feels work appropriate, but can easily be tied up or tucked into shorts for a stylish weekend top.

I first saw this tank top on a fashion blogger and immediately fell in love. The square neck is super flattering and the ribbed texture gives it a casual feel without looking too relaxed.

While it’s labeled as a “cami” and that usually means skimpy straps, this option from Everlane leaves room for hiding a bra strap. And even though it’s 100% cotton which isn’t always the most breathable, this one is crafted in a more lightweight weave.

Daily Ritual Women’s Lightweight 100% Supima Cotton Tank Top

These tanks come in a 2-pack which you can mix and match if you want different colors. Made from 100% Supima cotton, these are the everyday tank tops that will keep you on your game.

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The 10 Best Places to Shop for Tanks and Camis

Let’s chat tank tops and camis! Are you someone who enjoys picking up new basics each season? I know I am. I typically wear my basic pieces for as long as possible before going out and buying more. Find out my top 10 best places to shop for tanks and camis.


The 10 Best Places to Shop for Tanks and Camis

1. Cotton On

This Australian-based retailer understands basics really well. I’ve frequently purchased their basics over the years due to insanely affordable prices and decent quality. Of course, with their low prices, their quality won’t last you near as long as some expensive pieces will.

I find use in the basics I buy from Cotton On for the duration of the season in which I’m buying for. Everyday styling made easy with a couple of Cotton On essentials such as these Everyday Racerback Tank Tops that cost under $10 and these $9.00 ribbed scoop neck tank tops

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Top Picks From Cotton On:

2. Abercrombie & Fitch

The modern evolution of Abercrombie & Fitch continues to happen well into 2020. I’m glad A&F has switched up how they sell clothes by becoming more size-inclusive, too.

Both A&F and Hollister now sell plus sizes and it’s about time! As for shopping for basics, Abercrombie & Fitch makes my list of top stores to find affordable and trendy pieces.

A&F has a great selection of neutral-toned bodysuits, camisoles, racerback tank tops, cowl-neck tops, and v-necks. Another added bonus includes the sales that A&F loves to hold every so often.

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A&F Tank Tops + Camis:

3. LOFT

Another place with better quality tanks and camis is LOFT. They always have the best layering camisoles for the winter as well as classic square-neck tank tops to wear paired with shorts during the summer months. The tanks and camis sold through

LOFT are typically crafted with thicker material which I appreciate in a top that I want to wear multiple times!

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4. Target

Some great basic tank tops come from Target. I love this Women’s Slim Fit Any Day Tank Top – A New Day™ ($8. 00) because it’s such a nice layering tank to own. Most of their tank tops and camisoles don’t go over the $10.00 limit, either. Target tanks and camis are affordable and always in stock.

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5. H&M

One of my go-to places for casual tanks and camis? H&M, of course! Be sure to head over to H&M for some affordable picks. Right now H&M has some great ribbed pieces around the $12 price point. The lightweight cotton tanks at H&M are some of the best ones to stock up on in your wardrobe. The H&M Conscious line features sustainable clothing made from organic cotton.

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My Top H&M Picks:

  • Short Jersey Camisole Top, $9.99
  • Ribbed Tank Top, $9.99
  • Camisole Top with Lace, $24. 99

6. Forever 21

Forever 21 has so many cute and trendy tank tops and camisoles. When you order from Forever 21 using their app, you can also save 15% off your first in-app purchase of $60+. One of the best tank tops I’ve found on their site features a square neck, cropped hem, and sleeveless cut. For $14.99, it’s a great ribbed cropped tank top to own. Another cute pick? This white ribbed halter top for $12.99.

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My Top Forever 21 Tanks and Camisoles:

  • Ribbed Square Neck Tank Top, $12.99
  • Scoop Neck Sweater-Knit Cami, $14.99
  • Seamless Split-Neck Crop Top, $9.99

7. Free People

Although Free People notoriously sells pricer items, there’s something to be said about their intimates collection. Most of their Intimately collection features more affordable tanks and camisoles in the $20-$38 range with higher quality materials. The sleek and modern styles sold exclusively through

Free People’s Intimately line do the trick. One of their most popular styles, the “brami”, combines the best of a bra and cami rolled into one fitted silhouette.

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My Top Free People Picks:

  • Corset Detail Swit Cami by Free People, $30
  • Come Around Cami, $38
  • Good Time Halter Brami, $20

8. Old Navy

I highly recommend checking out the latest Old Navy new arrivals this month. Right now, everything sold online is under $25.00 which means you can easily stock up on tanks and camis for the summer.

One of the best tanks I’ve seen on their site? This casual Fitted Rib-Knit Henley Tank for $8. All of their tank tops are currently marked down and cost anywhere between $8.00-$19.00. A lot of their tank tops have a relaxed fit and super-soft fabric for extra comfort. You’ll find the best slim-fit crew-neck tanks as well as gingham-printed camis to style.

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My Top Old Navy tanks and camis:

  •   Chambray Tie-Front Camisole for Women, $25
  •   Cropped Tie-Hem Textured-Knit Sleeveless Top for Women, $24
  •   Luxe Scoop-Neck Tank for Women, $16

9. Amazon

Casual loose sleeveless blouse shirts from Amazon continue to top their Amazon’s Choice lists. Be sure to check out Amazon for cute tanks and camis to arrive at your doorstep ASAP thanks to Amazon Prime delivery. A super cute ribbed knit cami top ($16.00) has skinny straps and a casual ribbed style to pair nicely with your flowy midi skirts and denim jeans.

Looking for a lacey tank? I’ve seen this exact tank top all over my Insta feed lately.

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10. ASOS

One last spot to shop for trendy and basic tanks and camis is ASOS. Loving this $13 ribbed racerback tank, $9.50 crop swing tank,  and $24 lace-trim cami with button details. Another great find includes this affordable organic cotton $13.00 weekday ribbed singlet top. ASOS tanks and camis come in different sizes, too. If you are petite, be sure to order from their petite size guide and plus sizes are also available online.

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Women’s Tank Tops for Outdoors & Workouts

Ditch the halter tops and lace-trim cami tank tops. We have sleeveless tops that are ready to hit the road when you are.

Amazing sleeveless looks for your workout

Scoop neck tank top, muscle tank, and round neck crew neck sleeveless tank: we’ve got it all. Try on a graphic tank to show off your personality. The standard racerback tank top completes a workout look perfectly. From wide-strap tanks to two-finger-width straps, we have plenty of sleeveless tops to offer. Add your own flair to a light colored tank by adding tie dye or tying it into a crop top. When the weather cools off, try layering with a women’s fleece or open button-down trail shirt.

Durable women’s tank tops for exercise

We want our activewear to free people for any activity they want. That’s why our sleeveless tops not only offer accessibility to your full range of motion, they also offer as durable construction as our t-shirts. Head out without worry. You don’t have to be preoccupied with wear and tear anymore. We’ve already worried for you, and built our clothes to last. Just pull on a pair of leggings and go.

The ultimate comfort of workout-worthy tank tops

From watching your favorite rocker on stage at a summer festival to walking through the park to taking a jog at the gym, you deserve comfort.

That’s where we come in. Our cotton tank and cotton blend tops are soft and forgiving, offering more room than a ribbed tank. The soft neckline keeps you comfortable at the gym. Throw on a flowy tank top over your swimsuit or pair a muscle tank with women’s shorts for everyday leisure. The wide straps offer more coverage and dig into your shoulders less than a spaghetti strap style. And make sure you’re comfortable in the right size, with some tanks available in women’s plus size in sizes up to XXL and 3XL.

We love making comfortable, durable clothes for every season, so keep an eye on our new arrivals for more looks.

90,000 Tank cover | Blogger Lovett55 on SPLETNIK.RU 3 September 2019

When you are young, you are 20 years old and you have at most 65 kilograms, all the women you meet over 30 years and 80 kg seem … no, not ugly, not stupid, but somehow very old-fashioned and awkwardly dressed. At least that’s how it always seemed to me. I had a feeling that in our country any fat woman after 30 is given an iron magic wand in the forehead by an evil fairy and the woman immediately turns into a shapeless dough covered with a cheap stretch sweater with ties on short sleeves and peonies all over the back.
But now I am over 30 myself, I have 85 kilos in myself, and now I know for sure that no one beats fat women in the forehead with a stick – they beat the market. During pregnancy, I did not have time to go shopping – I felt too bad, there was no time for new clothes. But when I gave birth, I came to myself from the changes that had fallen on me, I got used to my new figure and my weight, I, having carved out a couple of evenings, went shopping. And I was shocked! The first and most important discovery is that in Russia, clothing sellers treat plump women as complete idiots.And they sew for obese women, as for complete fools. As if with a set of twenty kilograms a person’s appearance does not change, but the gyrus halves in the head.
I, of course, had heard before the mournful groans of the full that in Russia they had absolutely nothing to wear, but, I must admit, I treated these words with suspicion. Well, well, I thought, come on, look for an excuse for yourself! Of course, I thought that women dress so stupidly because they simply have no taste.
It’s not about taste! In Russia, there is simply no good clothes for obese women.Rather, these clothes, of course, are, but there are very few of them and they are scattered in different stores. I understand this every time I go to the department of large sizes in the store.
Even the most famous highstreet fashion brands have separate styles for the fat ones. Dresses from the latest collection are good up to a maximum of size 46, and after that, a strong simplification of the cut begins. Few mass-market brands can offer the same style of dress for both sizes 42 and 56. For sizes 42-46, clothes are sewn according to complex patterns, with many darts, with asymmetry. Starting from size 48, the dress tends to the perfect bag shape. Don’t believe me? Take any mass brand that has a special line for overweight and takes pride in promoting body positivity. However, rest assured: all their declarations are just dust in the eyes of feminists. Mango, for example, has inspired the world with a full line of full Violetas. Plus size women’s fashion | Violeta by Mango
And in the online store, these dresses are advertised by girls in sizes 46-48, and the largest available size is XXL.If you compare the offered clothes of standard sizes and clothes for overweight, then you yourself will understand everything: large dresses are made of the simplest cut, representing a kind of tube – a straight piece of fabric sewn on one side and equipped with holes for threading hands. In such stores, I found any different styles only in the department for pregnant women – there I dressed after giving birth. For example, at H&M, plus size clothing is designed for retirees. H & M + LARGE SIZES
But maternity dresses are beautiful.Because they are not too lazy to sew a good dress for a pregnant woman, but they cannot afford to wear a fat one. And so in any company! I have always loved second-hand clothes, and when I got fat I went there especially often, because in second-hand shops you can still find good clothes on full ones, since in Europe and the USA, Canada, Australia they sew more such clothes … But even in second-hand shops we import few beautiful plus-size dresses. They just don’t buy such a product.
Ever since I got fat, I have been constantly trying to find an answer to this simple question: why don’t they sell good clothes for overweight in Russia? Once I heard a very original version: a woman as plump as I was, suggested that we were being badly dressed on purpose so that we would not create competition for thin women.Allegedly, these bags with holes for hands are lobbied by the tycoons of various spheres of the beauty and fashion industry, who feed on the woman’s desire to be thin. How will the world behave, my interlocutor asked, if she sees in large quantities that the ladies in the body are also beautiful, like themselves and men? What if all those who starve themselves and give 500 euros for a session of anti-cellulite massage will simply stop harassing their bodies?
The version is very plausible, but the point, I think, is completely different. Why in Western countries began to fight against the cult of thinness? They also have a beauty lobby.But it, oddly enough, is now lobbying for natural forms and urging women not to limit themselves in calories.
The thing is that there are more full ones. And I would rather believe those who argue that sewing various styles for fatties is not profitable. And the point is not even that it will take an arshin to sew on them. It’s just that all slender women are slender in the same way, and fat women are unhappy – that is, overweight – in their own way. When a woman is 165 cm and 55 kg, it is not difficult to guess where all these kilograms are distributed. Thin women have three types of figures: thin with breasts and booty, thin without these accessories and thin, with only one of the listed accessories. For those over 80 kg, the variety of figures is innumerable and cannot be limited even by the possibilities of imagination. Someone had extra pounds on their sides, someone had them all spread out on their hips, someone with a slender body had grown a twenty-kilogram ass, and someone had widened shoulders. Some have fat on the outside of the thighs, others on the inside. Some have thick calves, others thin.Some fatties have a waist, and some have a strictly delineated triangle shape, set at random. All this can be combined in different combinations with large or small breasts, with thick or thin arms. In general, there are a lot of options, and you can’t find enough cut for all of us. It is unprofitable for manufacturers to sew clothes for each specific type of full figure, because it is not known for certain how many types live in the human population in a particular territory and need a new dress. When they sew games for Russia, they remember that we do not have so many full ones. Considering that they are all divided into dozens of types of shapes, then it is not profitable not only to cut out, but even to sort and pack dresses for each type separately. And it is not profitable for the seller to exhibit and store them – the seller is interested in receiving a universal product. Therefore, he wants only one cut of several sizes, so that there is no confusion and additional expenses. If he or the manufacturer really wants to play progressive, he will make a line of large sizes.But she will not sew complicated dresses for the overweight, because you cannot please all the figures. As a compromise, the manufacturer sews a colorful bag. A friend of mine on Facebook called this versatile style a “tank cover.” Very true. The manufacturer has one task – so that all 30 types of 52-size figures fit into this case. And so that the owners of the figures are not completely sad in the case, they paint it with wild prints. Do you think that all overweight women choose these stupid rhinestones, leopards on their breasts and flowers to pluck out their eyes? Yes, they are not offered anything else!
There are two types of clothing for the plump in our stores:
– for women 50+: white linen trousers, plain cotton shirts, dresses 10 cm above the knee with short sleeves and pockets on the hips;

– for the deeply provincial and backward: knitted blouses with rhinestones, ties on the sleeves, lanterns and hips, leopard blouses, black stretch pants.
To be plump, young and stylish is not an option in Russia. Rather, it is present, rather, in the form of a ghostly hope: there are few good and modern clothes on full, and it is scattered in different stores.
I used to look with a condescending smile at overweight women who order their wardrobe in America or Great Britain – I thought it was from idleness and excessive satiety of life. And now I see that it’s not so stupid to order a full set of clothes once or twice a year instead of haunted shopping at home in search of a suitable dress. In many western and even eastern countries, there are more fat. In addition, it is not a shame to be fat there, fat people have the right to be beautiful and attractive. They are happy to buy good clothes there, and manufacturers are happy to sew these clothes for them.
And for us they sew covers for tanks.
Author: Anastasia Mironova
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Clothes for women XXXXL – only “tank covers”? See there are better things | Fashion in detail

Some commentators, seeing loose outfits for women with a lot of fullness, write: “These overalls are like covers for tanks, they hide the figure. “Yes, a beautiful figure must be shown. And if it is not there, if the waist and feminine curves are absent, and instead of them there is a belly and fat rolls? They do not need to be shown, they must be tactfully hidden, and instead of robes, choose other styles. What – see the article.

Clothes for very overweight women: examples

Clothes for very overweight women: examples

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How not to dress women XXXXL: “tank covers”

Below you see dresses of inexpressive colors and simple styles. Two seams, primitive sleeves. Such dresses will not decorate anyone. They really give the impression of “tank covers”.Although the faces of women are pretty. They deserve to be beautifully dressed.

On the left is the model of the online store “Lush Beauty” bbwshop.ru

On the left is the model of the online store “The Lush Beauty” bbwshop.ru

Dresses for donuts for the summer – what can and cannot be worn (see why)

This similar cuts with primitive cut and non-feminine sleeves. The length of the dresses was chosen incorrectly, this length makes the figure square and squat.

Models of the online store “Lush beauty” bbwshop.ru

Models of the “Lush Beauty” online store bbwshop.ru

More examples of simple, faceless outfits without charm. It is now customary to say about such things: “collective farm”.

In the center is the model of the online store “Lush Beauty” bbwshop.ru

In the center is the model of the online store “The Lush Beauty” bbwshop.ru

“Fashionable Sentence” took up obese ladies – look at the result

Arrange the necessary accents

Yes, women with a lot of fat should wear dresses, shirts, tunics of a free silhouette. But they need to be properly designed to make women look attractive.

  • Due to the large completeness, the lines and curves of the female figure are hidden. In order for the appearance to look good, this must be compensated. Here are the elements to prioritize:
    – The colors of clothes that suit you the most,
    – Perfect hairstyle,
    – Thorough makeup,
    – Fine jewelry,
    – Manicure,
    – Grooming.

The pretty blonde you see below is very teal and blue.They make her young and refreshing. Black trousers and a black skirt have vertical folds that emphasize the vertical axis of the figure. Top and tunic styles form oblique and vertical folds, this also slims. The neckline accentuates the spicy cleavage of the chest. Plus a good hairstyle, beautiful jewelry that draws attention to the face. The image was created correctly, the result is obvious. Please note: this is the same blonde who at the beginning of the article is in the “tank bag”! Do you feel the difference?

Beautiful clothes for a large size woman

Beautiful clothes for a large size woman

Here the designer also chose bright, clean, juicy colors that adorn these women. For such styles, the finishing at the face is important, it can be embroidery, lace, sequins (for elegant dresses). Hair and makeup add a touch of appeal to the look.

Clothes in juicy colors for women of large size

Clothes in juicy colors for women in large sizes

Stylish dresses for any figures (from the most fashionable store on Aliexpress)

Similar techniques are also used here, juicy, bright, pure colors are chosen for clothes … Black trousers create a vertical that creates a compact, cohesive silhouette.Plus makeup, hair, jewelry. In addition to jewelry, you can use a beautiful scarf, neckerchief.

Jewelry should be spectacular, noticeable, then they will distract attention from the full figure and draw it to a well-groomed face.
Tunics in bright colors for obese women

Tunics in bright colors for obese women

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77 years have passed since Stalin deported the Meskhetian Turks from their ancestral homeland from southwestern Georgia to Central Asia. Despite all the difficulties, this small people managed to preserve their Turkic identity. Therefore, Ahiska (the self-name of the Meskhetian Turks), who consider Georgia their historical homeland, first of all move to Turkey. Ethno-linguistic closeness with the population living here and Turkey’s migration policy towards Meskhetian Turks are two more important factors contributing to their resettlement.

Currently, about 600 thousand Meskhetian Turks live in 9 countries of the world.In some of them, security considerations and the aftermath of military conflicts are again forcing Ahiska to reconsider their future.

“It was like thunder struck, as if the house took off and landed again”

Since her husband could not bring the family rations of flour that was distributed in the city, on that day Makhbul Iskandarova baked bread for the children from the stocks left in the house. She cleared the table and went out into the yard. On the hill of the neighboring villages of Gushchular and Malybeyli, she saw a large projector blinking.On the other hand, on the top of Mount Nurazhek, it was as if another similar projector answered him. Another was honking in the village of Mehtikend. “When three projectors flashed at the same time, I felt as if they were signaling that we were ready. It was 11 o’clock, I put the children to bed, without telling them anything, so they would not be afraid. After half an hour, suddenly it was like thunder struck, as if the house rose into the air and again landed, “she recalls the events of the night of the Khojaly massacre, looking at a point in the wall.

The hostess turned off the light so that the house would not turn into a target for shelling, dressed her five children and hid with them in the nearest basement, where the neighbors had already gathered.At 4 o’clock in the morning, the basement was already surrounded. Armenian militants took a total of 76 people to Khankendi, including those who were hiding in the basement. The people were lined up in two columns, and armed militants marched along the edges. All the men, including her 15-year-old eldest son Ilham, had their hands tied. Women carried their children in their arms. The captives crossed a dry canal that went to Karkijahan on the road between Dashbulag, Mehtikend and Nurajak. Tanks, armored personnel carriers and other military equipment were parked along the road. On the road from Karkidzhakhan to the administrative center of the region, women traveled in cars, and men followed them on foot.They were brought to a desert area surrounded by mountains, not far from Khankendi. Here the captives greeted the morning.

29 years later, Mahbulya looks at the surviving family photo, which shows how the family met the morning of February 26, their first morning in Armenian captivity. Her most painful recollection is when, at the end of her 15-day captivity, when the exchange of prisoners was to take place, Armenian militants beat her eldest son and took her away in an unknown direction. While the negotiations were going on, she had to wait three days for her son’s return to Aghdam and three more already in the Sabirabad region, in the new place of residence of the Iskanderov family.

“The prisoners were brought every day. But my child was not and was not there. Finally the fourth day came. When he was brought to Sabirabad, it was like we had a holiday. They broke his nose. The child was beaten so badly that his body turned black with bruises. . In Adygun, we wrapped him in a warm sheepskin. When the bruises darken, they apply a sheepskin to make the bruises go away. Thank God, everything worked out. He was destined to go through this, “says Mahbulya Iskandarova, barely holding back tears.


66-year-old Mahbulya – Ahiska.She came to Azerbaijan with her family in 1989 from Uzbek Samarkand. As a result of the pogroms in Fergana, about a hundred Meskhetian Turks were killed, and thousands of others loaded everything they had acquired into containers and moved to different republics of the former USSR. The Soviet government bought out their houses. This was the second wave of migration of Meskhetian Turks from Central Asia to Azerbaijan.

The wanderings of this people began in 1944, when, along with all the other parents of Makhbuli Iskandarova, were deported from their native lands in Georgia.Half a century later, the family was again forced to flee. This time from Khojaly.

Their current house is a two-room apartment on the second floor of a five-story building a few kilometers from the center of Sabirabad region. Five people live in the unrepaired kopeck piece – the elderly Iskandarov couple, their youngest son with his wife and their three-year-old grandson. They are the only Meskhetian Turks in this house.

In order to preserve the traditions, the family decorated the interior of the apartment in the Turkish style.In the center of the living room is a traditional 20-30 cm high sufra dining table. There are mattresses on the floor instead of chairs, and pillows are needed to lean on. In the bedroom, a traditional ottoman is also covered with mattresses and pillows typical of their villages. On the walls you can see photographs of the elderly or deceased members of this family.

I want to go back because the air, water and nature there are special”

Afrail Iskandarov, 67, the husband of Makhbuli, says that they moved to Karabakh, to the city of Khojaly, together with 250 other families of Meskhetian Turks.There was no place for them in the territories where the Meskhetian Turks settled during the first wave of migration to Azerbaijan in 1959. During the 2.5 years that they lived in Khojaly, he worked as a bus driver, the children went to school. Regarding relations between the local Armenian population and the Meskhetian Turks, Afrail Iskanderov says that when tensions between Azerbaijanis and Armenians escalated, the Armenians viewed the Meskhetians as a third neutral party. However, before the start of the Khojaly massacre, the names of the Meskhetian Turks were also included in the lists compiled by Armenian militants who knew who lived where and what they did.

“On February 26, they started shooting at us from all sides. We had neither weapons, nor means of protection. They opened fire on the civilian population. This is not like what I saw in the movies. When you see it with your own eyes, you start everything They spread false information that they had opened a corridor so that civilians would leave the city. Children, old people and women – they shot at everyone when they walked along the corridor, they were not allowed to pass. I was able to escape and hid in the mountains. about 250 people, only 13 people were able to get out.Someone was ambushed, someone was taken hostage, someone could not stand the cold. When I came down from the mountains, I was very tired and exhausted. At night we climbed the mountains, and in the morning we saw that Khojaly was burning. “

Finally, two days later, he made his way to the Azerbaijanis. He had frostbite on his feet. After recovering, he went to fight, and fought until the end of the war. His family and other captured Ahiska were exchanged for the bodies of Armenian militants killed in the mountains. After the war, he taught shooting to young soldiers in the restored anti-aircraft division in Aghdam.For many years he was offered to move to a better house, but Afrail Iskanderov was sure that he would soon return to Nagorno-Karabakh.

“If I had a chance, I would return to Georgia, although I do not believe it is possible. But I know that I will be in Karabakh in a year or two. My name has already been added to the list. More than 30 years have passed, but I I still want to go back, because the air, water and nature there are special. ”

“They said not to worry that we would return, but everyone was deceived”

At present, about 90 thousand Meskhetian Turks live in Azerbaijan.Some of them live compactly in nine villages of the Sabirabad and neighboring Saatli regions. The rest settled in different regions of the country: Guba, Khachmaz, Shamkir, Ganja, Oguz, Gadabay and others.

Ahmedabad is the only village in the Sabirabad region where only Ahiska live. The village is located 13 km from the center of Sabirabad. At the entrance there is a memorial plaque with images of Azerbaijanis and Meskhetian Turks who died during the Second Karabakh War, as well as the Azerbaijani and Turkish flags.The village was named Ahmedabad in 1959 in honor of Ahmad, a Meskhetian Turk who settled here.

This village also houses the House of Folklore of the Meskhetian Turks. 52-year-old Vagif Dishadze has been the director of this house for over 20 years. His parents settled here during the first wave of Ahiska resettlement. “At that time, our parents were not told that they would be deported to Central Asia. They were told not to worry that they were being resettled temporarily. But they were all deceived.”

Vagif Dishadze – accordionist.He has two children and one grandson. The House of Folklore has two dance groups of 20 people each, consisting of students in grades 7-11. Girls in grades 10-11 are not accepted into dance groups, since most of them get married immediately after leaving school. The folk dance group promotes national Ahiska dances by participating in regional and metropolitan cultural events. The House of Folklore, on the other hand, attracts representatives of the older generation, whose handicrafts and other samples of Meskhetian culture are exhibited at competitions and expositions.

“Our dance ensemble is called” Halay “. Halay means Yalli (round dance). Halay among the Ahiska Turks is a symbol of unity,” says the director.

Nasimikend is the “capital” of the ahy from ka in Azerbaijan .

The largest village inhabited exclusively by Meskhetian Turks in Azerbaijan is located in the neighboring Saatli region. In general, only two out of five villages in Saatli, Nasimikend and Simara are inhabited by Ahiska, while the other three are mixed. They call the village Adygun. This was the name of one of the regions of Georgia where Ahiska lived until 1944. Community members refer to Nasimikend as their informal capital in Azerbaijan.

Nasimikend is a typical plan village, built in the middle of the 20th century, located 30 km from Sabirabad. It is a modern village with a main street and secondary streets crossing it. The villagers, mostly men, gather on the main street, work and spend their free time there.

On the intersecting streets there are a village school, a mosque, catering facilities, a tea house, a cafe, and villagers’ houses. Currently, about 500 of the 4000 residents of the village, mostly young people, have left for Turkey in search of work. Some sew shirts and shoes in furniture and knitwear factories in Bursa, while others work in the tourism industry in Antalya.

In the villages of Saatly, community members are mainly engaged in animal husbandry and agriculture. The cultivation of cereals and cotton is most widespread here. Last year, in the Saatli region, the cotton harvest amounted to 52 thousand tons, it was sold to state-owned enterprises at 0.65 manats (0.32 euros) per kilogram. There are also individual entrepreneurs among the buyers.

Livestock, the second largest employment sector, has been hit by the pandemic. Due to the fact that restaurants closed or operated with restrictions, and accordingly there were no weddings, the demand for meat also fell. This had a negative impact on the region as a whole and Ahiska in particular.However, the villagers also sell milk to a nearby dairy. The cost of a liter of skim milk is 0.1-0.15 manats (0.05-0.075 euros), and fat milk is 0.3 manats (0.15 euros).

The main reason for the resettlement of Meskhetian Turks in these two regions is that before the first resettlement in 1959, community leaders in search of a place for resettlement visited different regions of Azerbaijan. Having received the consent of the leadership of the republic, but seeing the high population density in most regions, they turned their attention to the then empty Mil-Mugan steppe. The government has promised to create a neighborhood for them if they move here in large numbers, recruit them for local government jobs, provide them with other jobs, help them build sewers, roads, canals and other infrastructure, and finally build houses.

“The decision to move to Azerbaijan was correct”

Ali Bayrakdarov’s family was one of the first to come here from Central Asia during the first wave of migration. One of the community leaders Movlud Bayrakdarov was Ali Bayragdarov’s uncle.Ali Bey believes that the decision to move to Azerbaijan was correct.

The 53-year-old father of three daughters and a son graduated from the Faculty of History and for the last 32 years worked first as a teacher and now as a head teacher in his native school. In addition to growing vegetables and caring for livestock, he grows grain and barley on 10 hectares of land, which is 10 km from his home. Since this area of ​​the salt marsh also belongs to three of his other brothers and sisters, he pays them the rent. And for this you need to get at least 30 tons of products from the ground.He hires fellow villagers for day-to-day work.

“I always follow the farm during sowing and harvesting. If this is not done, then there will certainly be shortcomings. Besides, when you walk in the field or feed the cattle after work, it is as if the brain is resting,” says Ali Bayrakdarov.

Divorce and community crime nearly eradicated

Among the Turkic peoples, the Meskhetian Turks are one of the few communities that have preserved their original traditions and characteristics.The dialect of Turkish they speak has almost no loan words. If there are several sons in the family, the youngest son is considered the successor of the father and lives with his parents in his house. If there is no father, then you need to seek advice from your older brother. In addition, intra-community conservative attitudes have nearly eradicated divorce and crime among community members.

The tradition of marriage is strictly observed. For this reason, religious leaders, imams, play a special role. When a matchmaker comes, a bride is brought into the house or a religious marriage is concluded, the imam must bless for this.Interestingly, in Soviet times, Ahiska preferred to create families exclusively with each other, but over the past 30 years, cases of kinship with representatives of other Turkic-speaking peoples are not uncommon. The only thing that does not change is the blessing of the parents.

“I married my three daughters. I want to. This mentality persists. “

The conservative nature of the community is reflected in other interesting customs associated with newlyweds. So, in the recent past, during the first month in the new house, the bride wore katha on her head – a special headdress decorated with gold coins. Or, if the new family did not ask her to speak, then for a month or forty days, she was silent. Finally, when she served the food on the table, she left the room as a sign of respect, backing away.

Although the number of those who follow such customs is decreasing, Yeter Bayrakdarova treats her mother-in-law, 92-year-old Zamzam, with due respect.In general, Ahiska women do a lot of housework. This includes feeding livestock, baking bread and doing housework. On the other hand, mothers-in-law act more as advisers and assistants to their daughters-in-law. This is especially true for cooked dishes, because such dishes as hangal, pilaf or Meskhetian soup require a lot of time and attention.

Ahiska organizations aim to bring them back to ancestral lands

Along with agriculture, Ali Bey is also involved in social work.In 2004-2014, within the framework of various projects, he organized trips for Ahiska children living in Azerbaijan to their ancestral lands in Turkey and Georgia. The purpose of the visits was to acquaint young Ahiska with the history, culture and traditions of these places.

About 600 thousand Meskhetian Turks live in nine countries of the world. In Azerbaijan they are represented by the public association “Vatan” (Motherland). Ali Bayrakdarov – Deputy Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of Vatan Eshgi magazine. (Love for the Motherland)

The primary task of Ahiska public organizations is to ensure the return of Meskhetian Turks to their ancestral lands in Georgia.After registering in Azerbaijan in 1992, Ahiska activists began to influence Georgia through European structures. Georgia, which aspired to become a member of the Council of Europe, passed a law in 2008 on the return of those who were deported in the 1940s. Thus, the Georgian parliament recognized the fact of deportation, but set 37 conditions for those wishing to return.

The public association prepared documents of 13 thousand Meskhetian Turks, who applied only from Azerbaijan with a request to return to Georgia, in English and Georgian and began to transfer them to the relevant ministry of this country.However, Georgia accepted only about 6,000 applications. After that, the neighboring country began to grant status on the basis of the considered applications, which is an important step for obtaining future citizenship. But she did it in a peculiar way.

“For example, five people from the same family applied for documents. Father’s status came, but mother’s status was not. Or status was granted to a girl, but not to her parents. Can a husband leave his wife and go to live in Georgia? This is completely contrary to our mentality.” said Ali Bayrakdarov.

As a result, about 500 of the approximately 6,000 applicants received the status. Along with bureaucratic obstacles in Georgia, the Russian-Georgian war that began in 2008 also slowed down the return of Meskhetian Turks to their homelands. Currently, about a thousand Meskhetian Turks live in different regions of Georgia. Only 32 families live on their ancestral land. The fact that they are not citizens of Georgia creates difficulties in their daily life. So, high school graduates cannot get a certificate, all household services, doctors and other utilities are paid.

There is no discrimination against Ahiska in Azerbaijan

Unlike Georgia, the overwhelming majority of Meskhetian Turks living in Azerbaijan are citizens of the country. Unlike other countries where Ahiska migrated, Azerbaijan immediately granted them not only citizenship, but also a land plot of 60 hundred. for each family member as part of the 1994-96 land reform. Earlier, in Soviet times, due to the status of the minority and the exclusiveness of their position, it was decided to make concessions to the Meskhetian Turks when entering universities.

The fact is that after the deportation due to the special commandant regime in 1944-1956. Meskhetian Turks could not leave their places of residence. For this reason, there were almost no highly educated specialists among them – doctors, engineers, teachers, specialists in land reclamation.

The vast majority of the current community leaders are those who entered universities on the basis of an assignment decision. Finally, in Azerbaijan, the authorities do not differentiate between Azerbaijanis and Meskhetian Turks.

Everything good and bad in two nations is common

Fatalikend is one of the mixed villages near Nasimikend. 70 percent of the population of the village, formerly known as Seversk, are Meskhetian Turks and 30 percent are Azerbaijanis. Vahid Asadov, an Azerbaijani by nationality, says that Meskhetian Turks began settling in the village in the year of his birth.

62-year-old English teacher sees no difference in the lifestyle, daily activities of Meskhetian Turks and Azerbaijanis.The father of three says the Ahiska brought with them many innovations by moving here.

“Before them, the locals were not so willing to work on the land and did not know so many productive crops. The locals looked at them and planted what they planted. For example, cabbage, corn, peanuts, and others. Ahiska popularized them here.”

Azerbaijanis consider Ahiska to be honest and friendly. All good and bad things are common for the two peoples. The first war in Karabakh became one of these “common” ones. 86 Meskhetians were killed in the battles.One of them, Iskander Aznaurov, was awarded the title of the National Hero of Azerbaijan. Nine people died in the second Karabakh war. This difference between the losses in the two wars was made possible thanks to better training, increased professionalism and modern armament of the Azerbaijani army.

While the war was going on, we never thought about leaving”

During and on the eve of the First Karabakh War, together with the Meskhetian Turks, hundreds of thousands of Azerbaijani refugees from Armenia began to settle in different regions of Azerbaijan.

The difficult economic and military situation in the country forced many Ahiska to leave the country. One of them is Gyulaly Ayyubov, Ali-bek’s neighbor in the village. After graduating from the Kiev Polytechnic Institute in 1990, he briefly returned to Azerbaijan, married an Ahiska and returned to Ukraine.

The family of a 58-year-old businessman with two children is one of 20 Ahiska families living in the Ukrainian capital. He says that he belongs to the generation of people who, contrary to the Soviet tradition, having received a diploma, were not assigned to their native village.Since the 1990s, he has dabbled in various fields. At first, by profession, he opened a workshop for electric motors, then worked with collective farms, planted sugar beets and, finally, in the field of public catering. For the past 18 years, he and his wife Zeyjan have been selling clothing and textiles. The family is a representative of one of the Turkish sewing factories in Ukraine.

Unlike his children, he speaks poorly Ukrainian and speaks with family members in Russian or in his native language. Despite the fact that young Meskhetian Turks living in large cities are better integrated into Ukrainian society, Gyulaly Bey is glad that his daughter married a Meskhetian Turk.He currently has two grandchildren.

Gyulaly-bey’s family travels to Turkey or Azerbaijan every year, he himself tries to participate in weddings and engagements in his native village. According to him, Turks in Turkey perceive Ahiska as Azerbaijanis. He is convinced that if the family stays here, his native language will be Turkish, which is spoken by the Meskhetians in Azerbaijan.

Ahiska, living in Kiev, meet often, know well and try to support each other. But recent events in the modern history of Ukraine have proved that the community is not only closed on itself.So, during the change of power in 2014, the Meskhetian Turks voluntarily supported the protesters in the capital with whatever they could. Someone brought medicines, someone did a dressing and provided other first aid. During the war, Gyulaly-bey, together with members of the community, delivered food to soldiers who were being treated in military hospitals in Kiev and Irpen, and warm clothes to soldiers on the front line. In addition, the Meskhetian community collected and sent the necessary things to the special organizations operating at that time.

“We saw it in Azerbaijan, we knew what war was. When it started, I was ready to go to war. While it was going on, we never thought about leaving. When I said that this conflict would drag on, no one believed me. It lasted for so many years in Azerbaijan, and it will be here as well. ”

Gyulaly-bey says that they are ready for anything and does not exclude that something will happen during his lifetime that will change the life of the family and its place of residence. He recalls his relatives who lived in Slavyansk in the Donetsk region, and then, in the end, moved to Turkey.

Ahiska leave the east of Ukraine

During the 2014 war, 310 Meskhetian families lived in Slavyansk. They settled mainly in the city itself and in two neighboring villages – Nikolaevka and Semenovka. Most of them moved from Russia in the early 1990s, facing negative attitudes from the local population and discrimination from the authorities. Many of their relatives still live in the republics of the North Caucasus or in the regions of Russia bordering Ukraine.

In May-July 2014, during fierce fighting between government forces and separatists in the city of Slavyansk, many Ahiska transported their family members to relatives on the other side of the border. The head of the community of the city, Sadri Akhmedov, was no exception. A separatist shell destroyed half of his newly renovated house, destroyed his car and livestock, and became a diabetic from fright.

“It was about 11 o’clock, I was communicating with the children via the Internet. I felt that heavy equipment was approaching.An armored personnel carrier stood next to our house and started shooting, at that moment the battle began. I told the family to run to the basement. At three o’clock in the morning I went out to see how things were going. I see that half of the house is gone, “he recalls.

A few days later, the district psychiatric hospital, where Altun and his wife worked as a nurse, came under fire while patients and staff were in the hospital. Fortunately, no one was hurt, but the building of the medical facility fell into disrepair. Sadri Bey, who has been unable to renovate his house for seven years, admits that nothing remains of his pre-war enthusiasm.The head of the community is sure that after the remaining hundreds of Ahiska families in Slavyansk move to Turkey, he himself will leave.

The migration of Meskhetian Turks to Turkey has been carried out since 2015 on the basis of the state program. Immigrants from eastern Ukraine are moving into one-story and two-story new residential complexes in the Turkish province of Erzincan. About 220 families have already been resettled from Slavyansk. They were taken by bus to Kharkov airport and from there by plane to Turkey. In total, it was planned to evict 677 families of Meskhetian Turks from the region.Due to the epidemiological situation, the process was temporarily suspended. Most of those who left have already received citizenship. In addition, they receive cash benefits for the first 5 years, as well as temporary work.

Remaining Ahiska are engaged in agriculture

After a phase of active hostilities, Meskhetian Turks living on both sides of the border cannot visit each other. Most Ahiska here are engaged in agriculture due to the lack of other work.Tomatoes, cabbage, eggplant, peppers, herbs and pumpkin are vegetables grown and supplied to the markets of nearby towns. They hire local Ukrainians if necessary.

At present, the remaining Meskhetian Turks in Slavyansk can be divided into two groups – those who have not yet moved to Turkey because they cannot sell their houses, and those who prefer to spend six months in Turkey, and the other half in Ukraine.

The family of 51-year-old Kamil Bashatov belongs to the first.The father of three sons and a daughter moved to Ukraine in 1989. He worked first as a driver and then as a factory worker. After the collapse of the collective farms, he received 16 hectares of land and began to cultivate it. Bullet marks on the gates and walls of his courtyard serve as a bitter reminder of the recent war.

When the city temporarily passed into the hands of the separatists, it was necessary to pass four posts every day inside the city. The separatists who established these posts, he recalls, demanded either money or part of the products exported to the market for the passage.

During two months of fighting, Kamil transported his family members to Kramatorsk, and he himself returned to Slavyansk. Family members were reunited after the city was returned to the control of the Ukrainian military. Then the opportunity arose to move to Turkey.

“But I won’t be able to sell this house for the money on which I can live there. Our region is now considered a war zone. Of course, you can sell it for a pittance, but people don’t want to do it,” he says.

Kamil Bashatov says, in the worst case, his sons will go to Turkey and live in that house, while he himself will remain in Slavyansk.

Ahiska with poor living conditions are looking forward to relocation

Those with poor living conditions are looking forward to the necessary documents to move to Turkey. We are talking about several families of Meskhetian Turks living on the territory of a former labor camp. When the first Meskhetian Turks began to settle in Slavyansk, they were settled here. Over time, those who improved their position built houses on the lands they had acquired. Those who could not stay here.Before the war, 300 people lived in the camp, but now there are only a few families left.

57-year-old Suleiman Izzetov is the head of one of the remaining families. He and his wife have three sons, two daughters-in-law and two grandchildren. The war found them when they were working in the field. The children were hid in a well, and after the shooting stopped, the camp residents calculated the damage. Like many Ahiska, he was given a home in Turkey. However, due to health problems of his wife, they cannot fly there to make the necessary documents, and a convenient highway to get to Turkey passes through the territory of Russia.

“Many already have an identity card, but not us. We could not get it because we could not arrive on time. This time we will pick up the documents as soon as they are ready. If necessary, a doctor will fly with us on the plane.” …

Cemetery – another dilemma of those wishing to move Ahiska

Another reason why Meskhetian Turks are reluctant to leave Slavyansk is the Muslim cemetery, located 10 km from the city towards the front line.Here the members of the community have buried their relatives for over 30 years. On the territory of the cemetery, which some time ago members of the community bought from the local authorities, not only Meskhetian Turks, but all Muslims are buried. Meskhetians gather here both on holidays and on days of mourning, perform rituals and hold subbotniks.

64-year-old Sabri Muradov moved with his son-in-law’s family to Slavyansk after the start of the first Karabakh war. He recalls how after Beylagan came under fire and the nearby town of Fizuli was occupied, his daughter’s family moved to the safer Saatli region.However, despite the relative calm, they eventually moved to Ukraine. When the war broke out in Ukraine 25 years later, the daughter’s family was one of the first to move to Turkey. He himself lived in Slavyansk for 32 years and buried his parents in this cemetery.

“How can we leave them here? The graves must be looked after, cleaned 2-3 times a year. This thought does not leave alone. The house is just a house. I will not sell for 5, but for 2 rubles. But that’s not all.” …

Sabri Muradov, a musician by education, like many other members of the community, had to change his occupation and start growing fruits and vegetables.He says that since the Meskhetian Turks began to engage in wholesale trade, prices for vegetables and fruits have dropped here, and products were transported not only to Slavyansk, Konstantinovka, Kharkov, but also to neighboring Russia and Belarus.

Local Ukrainians also admit that the markets are full of agricultural products. The two communities have lived side by side for over 30 years. However, most Ukrainians do not know where exactly and why Meskhetian Turks appeared here. According to local residents, if Meskhetians completely leave Sloviansk, this will not affect competition in the market, because Ukrainians are more engaged in retail, while Ahiska is more involved in the wholesale of vegetables and fruits. Considering the Meskhetians hardworking and peaceful, Ukrainians no longer consider them refugees, but rather their own.

“Ukrainians treat us well and are not indifferent to us”

“In the market, some call me Magomed, others Misha,” says 56-year-old Muhammad Khalilov.

Before moving to Turkey, he sold home-made cheese for 18 years in the dairy department of the Kramatorsk city market. Cheese making was the main source of income for a family with three children. Muhammad sells a kilogram of cheese for 300 hryvnia, or almost 10 euros.Among his customers are not only citizens of Ukraine, but also the USA, Russia, Israel.

Like some of the Meskhetian Turks, Muhammad and his family from Central Asia first moved to Krasnodar, then to Azerbaijan, and from there to Chechnya. The family left Krasnodar because of the negative attitude of local residents towards the immigrants, Azerbaijan – because they could not find a place due to the influx of Azerbaijani refugees, and Chechnya because of the war. When a full-scale military conflict broke out in the latter in 1994, Muhammad took his family to neighboring Ingushetia, Ossetia and Kabardino-Balkaria, and he himself returned to Chechnya.Due to the instability in the region, the family was forced to move to Krasny Liman, in the Donetsk region, where relatives of Muhammad’s wife lived.

Even before leaving for Turkey, he had up to 40 cows to make cheese. The family moved to Turkey in 2017, selling all of their property. “Less than 10 days later, my father died. He had a heart attack. I never knew if he understood what was in Turkey. He always said that this is his historical homeland.”

After living in Turkey for a year and a half, Muhammad and his family decided to live in two countries.So, the family spent the spring-autumn season in Ukraine, where they planted and harvested vegetables and fruits, and spent the winter in Turkey. Since Muhammad’s son built a house in Slavyansk and supports the family, the income from the cheese is mainly used to cover the additional expenses of the family.

Muhammad’s biggest dream is the recognition of dual citizenship between Ukraine and Turkey. If this happens, he believes, it will be possible to work and live freely in the two countries, as many Meskhetian Turks do.

“We like it here.Ukrainians treat us well and are not indifferent to us. We ourselves are Ukrainians, “he summed up.

Artist: Ismail Fataliev

Photo: Romania Gorbach

90,000 female crew preparing for tank biathlon Moreover, their crews are female.

The Ministry of Defense took, one might say, two unprecedented steps. The first is the admission to participate in the biathlon of the T-80 tanks, and one of the newest modifications is the T-80UE-1. The fact is that T-80Us differ in that their dynamic qualities are much better than those of cars with diesel engines – thanks to the features of a powerful gas turbine. Many experts are sure that the T-80U objectively has a head start over the T-72 of any modifications, and even over the T-90. Therefore, in tank biathlon, where throttle response and speed of movement decide a lot, gas turbine tanks will have advantages a priori.In addition, the fire control system on the T-80U is one of the best in the world.

But since the T-72 is one of the most common tanks in the world, and tank biathlon is international and teams from all continents compete in it, with the exception of Australia and Antarctica, all crews work on the T-72, with the exception of the Chinese, who traditionally they bring tanks of their own design, which is not prohibited by the competition regulations.

The history of tank biathlon has shown that no matter how excellent the machines are, the results depend on the preparation and coordination of the crew’s actions.Therefore, a special intrigue will be given by the fact that female crews will operate the T-80U. And this is the second courageous step of the Ministry of Defense. According to the rules of biathlon, three crews participate in the races from each team, in this case, the women’s team. Actually, you have to have four crews – one spare. But it so happened that women tankers will fight without relying on a reserve.

There is an expression among tankers: armor does not like weak muscles. Indeed, service in the tank forces requires very good physical training. Perhaps that is why women tankers are not trained in military schools.However, it turned out that steel formidable machines attract not only tough guys, but also cute girls. However, during the Great Patriotic War, women fought as part of tank crews. But there were mixed crews, and the most difficult work was done by men.

Now it’s easier to control and shoot tanks. The automatic loader sends shells into the barrel, and driving the T-80U along the highway is no more difficult than driving a car – this tank, by the way, has only four gears, unlike seven on the T-72.

Tank Biathlon always opens with a colorful paramilitary performance. There is a number there called “tank ballet”. Four T-80Us literally dance in front of the stands to music, thanks to their turbines. Let’s reveal the secret – these are the vehicles of the 4th Guards Tank Kantemirovskaya Division.

According to the Moscow Region newspaper “City Center”, the crew of the 423rd Guards Yampolsky Regiment of this division has been selected to participate in the biathlon. It included: Guard Lieutenant Anastasia Baranova, Guard Senior Lieutenant Marina Pushkareva and Guard Senior Lieutenant Daria Sirotenko.They are not professional tankers, they are doctors by education. And they themselves wanted to try themselves in armored biathlon. Moreover, the command did not oppose this.

I would like to tell a little more about the newly-minted tankers.

All of them serve in the medical company of the Yampolsky regiment. All have higher medical education. Anastasia Baranova and Marina Pushkareva graduated from Moscow State University. Sechenova, Daria Sirotenko – Volgograd State Medical University.Baranova is a pharmacist, Pushkareva is a surgeon, Sirotenko is a therapist.

It should be noted that their growth is not tank-based at all. The “smallest” Daria Sirotenko has 170 cm. The tallest Anastasia Baranova has 185 cm. It’s even surprising how they fit in a tank. In general, they are very slim and athletic. They would have to defile on the podium, demonstrate high fashion, but they decided – albeit for a while – to become tankers.

Before starting their studies, the girls passed the strictest medical and psychological testing.Interesting fact. The tank specialization for each was selected by a special computer program based on the results of medical and psychological tests. And the program was not wrong.

Anastasia Baranova became the tank commander. Maria Pushkareva – gunner-operator – in full accordance with her name. Daria Sirotenko is a driver-mechanic.

They underwent vocational training at the district training center for the training of junior specialists for the Ground Forces, located in Kovrov. A special women’s company was formed in it, in which all applicants for participation in the tank biathlon from the Western Military District – only 40 people – were gathered. Of which, in the end, nine remained.

Our women, although they had officer ranks, resigned themselves to the fact that for several months they should live not only next to the conscripts, but also according to their soldier’s routine. Wake up at 6.00, exercise, breakfast and the road to the training ground, where they trained for hours until they were completely exhausted. On Saturdays – a business day with a full service of their combat armored horses. And they stepped into the outfits like ordinary soldiers.

Lieutenant Anastasia Baranova tells with a smile how one day a soldier, seeing her with the sign of the company duty officer, simply opened his mouth in surprise and asked: are the lieutenants on duty in the company interceding in your company? To which she replied: go and see who is at the bedside table – the senior lieutenant!

The girls do not hide that it was very difficult to study.In the truest sense of the word. Ammunition is loaded manually, and each HEAT shell they fired weighs 19 kilos. Plus 10 kg – a case with a powder charge. And in order to equip the tank completely, the girls had to drag sometimes hundreds of kilograms with their hands, lifting them one and a half meters from the ground. And the hatch of the T-80U weighs almost 80 kg. Although it has spring-loaded devices, it is very difficult to lift it. Alas, some women – applicants for tank biathletes were forced to give up further studies precisely because of the enormous physical exertion.

But the female crew from the Kantemirovsk division coped with it. At the final exams in Kovrov, he showed some of the best results. All girls have graduation papers with excellent and good marks.

At the all-army competition, where the best of the best were determined, our tankers performed in such a way that they were among the three crews that will demonstrate their skills at the International Tank Biathlon competition, which opens in three weeks in Alabino.There, the girls will show not only their training, but also defend the honor of their regiment, their divisions and the Western Military District.

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