Report from Ust-Ili in Transbaikalia, where two friends committed suicide | – Chita news

Without a keyword, Sergei Kochergin and Sergei Shaev from the small Trans-Baikal village of Ust-Ilya disappeared on March 27. On Sunday they left on a motorcycle – no one knew where. locals

Without a keyword

Sergei Kochergin and Sergei Shaev disappeared from the small Trans-Baikal village of Ust-Ilya on March 27. On Sunday they left on a motorcycle – no one knew where. Local residents thought that the guys could drown while crossing the Ilya River, the ice on which began to melt.

The whole village and the forces of the district searched for men for 10 days: they traveled around the nearest settlements and shepherd's camps in the district, examined the river bank. On the eleventh day, an elderly man who often walked in the forest near the Ust-Ilinsk cemetery found the missing.

There are almost no trees along the way to the area. For many kilometers around there are only hills and scanty herds of cows and horses that have lost weight over the winter.

Ust-Ilya, one of the villages furthest from the border, is surrounded by a rare forest. In Soviet times, it was the central estate of the collective farm-millionaire named after Lenin. Now 389 people live in the settlement. The streets are clean and empty. The most beautiful building is the snow-white school.

In villages like Ust-Ilya, almost nothing happens, life flows peacefully and smoothly from day to day: wakes up and falls asleep to the cries of roosters, the rest of the time being in absolute silence. Three times a week they bring mail and the same amount – bread. The bus to Akshi also runs three times a week until lunch. There are two stores, there is no competition, the prices, as they say here, are “wow”.

The way to the Akshinsky district is amazing: the views from the car window do not change for a second, and only 244 kilometers from Chita can easily turn into an almost six-hour road, which first runs into swamps, and then leads to Ust-Ilya in an ornate way.

Ust-Ilinsk school – nine years. Seryozha Kochergin's mother works here as a technician. While everyone is trying not to touch the woman and not talk about what happened. She went to work 11 days after the funeral: colleagues asked. Otherwise, it will get worse.

There is no stable cellular communication in Ust-Ila, only landlines work without interruption. I arrived at school without a call. She is cozy. Almost exemplary, if not for the old roof. In the courtyard near the whitewashed building, plastic swans, a cow and painted stones under the flower bed are waiting for warmth.

In each class there are flowers on the windowsills, on the floor and on the cupboards. It's very green here. Sergey Shchaev and Sergey Kochergin did not find this greenhouse atmosphere.

The echo of the children's choir walks along the corridor, the director Vera Petrovna drowns it out by closing the door. We are the three of us – the head of the school and head teacher Valentina Georgievna. She was the class teacher of the youngest of the dead.

– There is nothing bad about him [Sergey Shaev]. Well, nothing … You can say so. Quiet, calm, inconspicuous.He was always somehow aloof, which cannot be said about Seryozha Kochergin. I let him out,” says Valentina Georgievna and takes off her glasses. Literally in 10 minutes, remembering the search, she will cry. For now, it's holding on.

He's been good since second grade, all these years.

Vera and Valentina are not accustomed to without grades, and the first thing they give out is a testimonial. In their stories about Sergei, they often rest on his grades and how smart he was. One of the local teachers even once said: He would have made a good teacher.

From Seryozha came out a good junior specialist of the rural administration.

After the 9th grade, he went to Ureysk to complete his studies at the branch of the Nerchinsk Agricultural College. He stayed there for two years – the branch was closed, and Sergey went to evening school.

– He finished his 12th grade and passed the exam better than full-time guys. In the 9th grade, I passed the Russian language with an A. I always followed him, always talked to him. I'm still in shock and don't understand what happened. He is very literate. The guys who studied with him – they do not believe. This impression was formed by classmates, and by all of us. But who knows what was in a person’s head after school, says Valentina Georgievna.

“He's such a handsome guy,” director Vera adds.

Sergey is survived by his mother and two sisters. One goes to kindergarten, and the other goes to school.

“They didn’t even go to kindergarten without him. So interestingly they called him: “Seroooga”. His mother is here. I'm afraid to [disturb] her once again. We don't talk about it. We just asked her – go to work, do not sit at home, otherwise it will be even worse. And the girls go to the kindergarten with him, from the kindergarten. They didn't leave him. He was needed in the family, I analyze it this way, – Valentina Georgievna argues and looks somewhere past me, at her hands or at the floor. I burst into the school with a cold April wind and made her remember her dead graduate again and again.

Why did this happen? Nobody can… We didn’t leave any notes, we didn’t say anything. Parents said that [the guys] behaved as usual. On Friday, March 25, Seryozha Kochergin went to Aksha with his mother and bought himself a jacket. Picked up products. He loved to cook, his grandmother told him.

Little was known about Sergei Shaev. Kochergin was in full view. He worked in the administration, walked, seemed to go to discos, was sociable and simple.

When asked what else he did at school and what he was, Valentina Georgievna answers:

What do ordinary rural children do? And firewood is chopped, and grandmothers were hired to work: split, stack woodpile. And for free, we went to subbotniks in the spring with them, put the house adjoining territories in order, cleaned the graves of participants in the Great Patriotic War in the cemetery. There has never been a rejection. They are all some kind of special boys with us, modest in a village way.

Vera Petrovna also thinks so:

– In general, our village boys are the coolest, calmest, quietest. Non-conflict.

Investigators came to the village immediately after the end of the search.

“They didn't find anything. Everyone was interviewed, even a small clue if, they worked with the whole village to find something. What happened? Such a mystery and such a big question hangs in the air. All of us in the village are looking for an excuse for them, a reason for this act. We all went looking together. And they found it very close, – says Valentina Georgievna. And cries.

At school and throughout the village, the death of Sergei Kochergin is a severe injury.

When you ask the locals about it, their faces change. With this question, it turns out to be easy to tear them out of reality, as if dipping headlong into the still icy Ilya.

A boy of about thirteen, the brother of Seryoga's classmate, stands with two friends on a deserted street opposite the Mechta store, and says that no one knows why this happened. That Kochergin in fact, studied, was the quietest in the class and did not go anywhere, did not wish harm to anyone.

An employee of the kindergarten, where Sergey Kochergin's sister is being raised, tells how the whole team searched for the missing after work: “We handed over the children early, got into the administrative car and drove.” Sergei Kochergin was good, she says.

Little is known about Sergei Shaev. He graduated from the 9th grade, for some time he went to work on a rotational basis, but lately he has not been doing anything.

“Seryozha Shaev has a sister who is a wheelchair user and a father who is now alone with her,” recalls Valentina Georgievna. His mother abandoned them when he was very young. Their father raised them. They came to Ust-Ilya when Vera was 5-6 years old and Seryozhka was [tiny]. I remember it well. I then worked in the house of culture, and they came to us for the day of the disabled person or just to please the girl – [to receive gifts], sing a song, play with her.

According to locals, Shaev was closed and was often at home. He was calm and quiet. It was not possible to talk with his dad and class teacher. There are pages of Sergei Kochergin on the Web, but Sergei Shaev's account cannot be found.

After the disappearance of Sergei Kochergin and Sergei Shaev, fellow villagers sent out orientations to communities on social networks. In early April, people were looking for a quadrocopter in the Aksha public, and local poachers who set up nets along the Onon were asked to see if there were bodies of the dead along the mouth of the river. The river Ilya, near which the village is located, is the left tributary of the Onon.

The bodies of two Ust-Ilinsk residents were found in the woods on April 6, on the same tree. In the place of their death was a motorcycle, a rope, soap and, according to rumors, a bottle of beer. The day after the discovery of the bodies of Sergei Shaev and Sergei Kochergin, investigators opened a criminal case on incitement to suicide.

“There are no suspects in the case yet. The prosecutor's office recognized the decision of the investigators as justified, ”said Yevgeny Sinelnikov, assistant prosecutor of the region.

A source in the investigative committee told the Chita.Ru news agency that this was a common suicide.The head of the village, Tatyana Viktorovna, said in a telephone conversation with the agency correspondent that the victims had no conflicts with anyone.

Some of the villagers say that Kochergin and Shaev were like water. Others – that they communicated, but Kochergin was also friends with other guys, and led a completely active life. School director Vera Petrovna said that the younger Sergei lived and worked in Chita for several months in 2021, and returned to the village after the New Year holidays.

The double suicide shocked the entire settlement, and due to the lack of information, it was overgrown with rumors. Suspicions even reached games like Blue Whale.

Shaev was alone. They say that Sergei Kochergin recently also did not have a girlfriend, but he corresponded with a girl not from Ust-Ili. This information is also at the level of rumors.

It is quiet in the investigative department with versions. Nobody knows the real reason for the death of Sergei Kochergin and Sergei Shaev.

They were buried on April 9th. Just like they found – next to each other.

The head of the village, Tatyana Viktorovna, immediately says: “I won’t say anything more. I do not know anything.

Tell me just about the village.

– What does it mean? The village is not to blame.

– I do not blame. I want to know how you live here.

– I'll tell you now the rural problems and they will be solved at the level of the region? If you would say, and something would change … Sit down.

Little Tatyana Viktorovna, with a soft voice, and Elena Georgievna, an accountant, tell how everything is arranged here, in Ust-Ila.

They joke about themselves that after covid they became like two grandmothers from a joke.

One to the other says:
– What's my name?

And she answers:
– Do you need it urgently?

Tatyana Viktorovna grew up in Ust-Ila, and Elena Georgievna came from Ureysk many years ago.

Seryozha Kochergin's desk stands next to the village head's desk. Women will talk about the deceased once.

He was responsible for photographs of the villagers at the Congratulations on the Anniversary stand. After his death, the frames are empty for almost a month.

“In the village we have an administration, a forestry, a FAP, a branch of the Russian Post, two shops, a school and a cultural center – now it is in the building of the former school canteen. Our administration was on fire, the house of culture too. Now we are together with the inspector for military registration at the kindergarten [inhabit].

We don't have a stable cellular connection, problems with the Internet – people can't install it because there are no free portals. The system is old and worn out.

What is the outlook for the village? People are running. From the villages they try to leave for civilization – at least children. There are 11 classes, foreign languages, education. We do not go on shifts, mostly those who live on pensions and child benefits remain. Benefits pay well, thanks to that. They survive on child support. Now they just survive. We are conducting a special operation in Ukraine: at least they have gas, but we will never see it.

It's very difficult in the countryside. It’s good for us at least that we have our own water, in every household there is a well: after all, we have a river. And we order gas in Chita. For someone, a balloon for 1200-1400 rubles – I don’t remember how much they ordered for the last time – is enough for a season. And whoever has a household, who separates and cooks cottage cheese, sometimes even three cylinders go away.

Tomorrow we have Self-Government Day (April 21), we were invited to Aksha, there will be a big holiday. And we even forgot about him. We are afraid to leave, because the fire hazard period. All year fires, fires, fires. We talk with people. We tell children not to burn. We don't have fire fighting equipment. There will be a fire – in the village there is only one water tower in the garden, but in the summer at least you can pump your own water.

The school is doing well so far. In the FAP, a nurse who replaces not only a paramedic, she can also replace a therapist. She is alone, because who will go to the outback? We had at least a pharmacy kiosk at the FAP, but now it has been closed too – there is no necessary equipment, and barcodes now need to be punched there.

We have a difficult travel problem. The bus reached the district, and from the district it is necessary to hire.

The road to us will never be made. You were at school, you saw an alley – that's to make lighting there, curbs – 3 million are needed. There is also a school, Victory Park, a summer dance floor on the site of a burned-out club. But no one will give us that kind of money.

It is heard that people even from the city go on shifts, all mortgages. And then the mortgage becomes unbearable for many. Imagine if something happens. Where should the rest of the family go? Previously, people hoped and waited that someday they would be given an apartment.

Uniting us (into a municipal district) makes us happy. For example, charters that no one reads will depart from us. Pensioners here will receive a pension, they will receive it on time, and they are happy about it. What legal acts?

Previously, our administration had specialists in land management and social issues. Gradually reduced. There are no technicians, we wash ourselves. Part time driver. Now it is very difficult, there are only two of us left. Maybe after the merger, in general, someone [one]. »