The first volunteer community policing team was created in Vokhtoga

Employees of joint ventures* LLC “VokhtogaLesDrev” and LLC “Plitvud” expressed their desire to become voluntary assistants of the Vologda Oblast Ministry of Internal Affairs. The first druzhina received an official document – “Certificate of inclusion of a people’s druzhina or public association of law enforcement orientation in the regional register of people’s druzhinas and public associations.

In February 2022 the Head of the Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation in the Vologda region Victor Pesterev and Alexander Shangin, General Director of JSC “Vologda Timber Group” concluded an agreement on cooperation in the prevention, detection and suppression of illegal acts at the facilities of JSC “VLP Group”, information interaction in the prevention of economic, corruption, extremist and terrorist crimes, as well as increasing the level of patriotic

Interaction between the parties involves the creation of such voluntary people’s squads. The main task of the voluntary people’s squads will be joint inspections of violations of existing legislation, exchange of information on issues of mutual interest.

Dmitry Zachko, general director of Plitwood:

«There are many conscious employees at our enterprises who have expressed a desire to join voluntary people’s guard units to protect public order and assist law enforcement agencies. Instruction of the squad has already begun. Volunteers have undergone theoretical and practical training. The first six activists will be involved in the protection of public order with police units, participate in the search for missing persons, conduct safety classes at school and at their businesses.».

*JSC Vologodskiye Lesopromyshlenniki Group of Companies jointly with JSC Cherepovetsky Plywood and Furniture Mill owns LLC VokhtogaLesDrev and LLC Plitvud on a parity basis.

Vologodskiye Lesopromyshlenniki Group of Companies – dynamically developing Russian timber industry holding with a full cycle of logging and deep processing of wood, which ranks 11th in the top 50 largest timber companies in Russia by revenue and is recognized as the fastest growing company according to the magazine “Forest Industry” in 2020. It has 4 logging companies and 2 sawmills operating in 12 districts of the Vologda region.


ChPMK JSC is one of the largest woodworking companies in Russia. It produces more than 40 types of high-quality products based on deep wood processing technologies, the main of which are birch plywood and parts thereof, chipboard, laminated chipboard, lumber. The company supplies its products to over 50 countries.