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The recent announcement by President Putin of the creation of a Russian National Guard has triggered a flurry of wild speculations about the reasons behind this important move. Some experts saw that as a way to prepare a bloody crackdown against an insurrection, others have speculated that Putin needed a new force to deal with protests and riots, while others have even suggested that this National Guard would become “Putin’s army”. In reality, the matter is both much simpler and much more complicated.

First, let’s look at the forces and units which will be brought together into this National Guard:

  • Troops of the Interior Ministry (about 170’000 soldiers)
  • Personnel from the Ministry of Emergency Situations
  • The OMON riot police forces (about 40’000 soldiers)
  • The SOBR rapid-reaction forces (about 5000+ soldiers)
  • The Special Designation Center of the Operational Reaction Forces and Aviation of the Ministry of Internal Affairs including the Special Forces units “Zubr”, “Rys’” and “Iastreb” (about 700+ operators)

So we are talking of a total force of about 250’000 soldiers which will probably reach the 300’000 men figure in the near future. By any measure, this is an impressive and powerful force which can deal with the full array of possible internal threats. Furthermore, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, it will now include the Federal Migration Service (FMS) and the Federal Drug Service (FSKN). This consolidation is important because it ties in practically all the internal security forces of the Russian Federation with the exception of the high-threat Federal Security Service (FSB). What is even more impressive is the list of tasks given to this new National Guard. It will include:

  • The protection of public order and security
  • Anti-terrorist operations
  • Operations against extremism groups
  • The territorial defense of the Russian Federation;
  • The protection of important state facilities and special cargoes
  • The protection on a contractual basis of the property of citizens and organizations approved by the Russian Government;
  • Assistance to the Border Troops of the Federal Security Service in protecting the state border of the Russian Federation;
  • Law enforcement in he field of arms trafficking
  • The command of the troops of the national guard of the Russian Federation
  • Providing social and legal protection of servicemen of the Russian National Guard

That is an impressive list which only confirms that the entire spectrum of internal security missions will now be entrusted to the National Guard. What is even more striking is the name of the person whom Vladimir Putin has appointed as the new Commander in Chief of the National Guard: General Viktor Zolotov, a “pure” security man who used to be the head of the Presidential Security Service and who is considered very close to Vladimir Putin. Does that mean, as some have speculated, that Putin is afraid for his security and that he is building himself a personal Praetorian guard?

Hardly.

But what this does, indeed, mean is that Putin is taking personal and direct control of what he sees are top-priority tasks to deal with major security threats for Russia. We are talking exactly about those capabilities with the European Union so badly needs and lacks:

  • The ability close down the borders to a massive flow of refugees
  • The ability to filtrate a large flow of refugees
  • The ability to deal with large-scale violence and riots
  • The ability to deal with terrorism even on a large scale
  • The ability to centralize the intelligence about internal threats
  • The ability to impose a state of emergency on an entire region
  • The ability to crush any insurgency, including one supported from abroad
  • The ability to seek out and destroy extremist and terrorist groups
  • The ability to interdict flows of weapons and narcotics used to finance all of the above

and, most importantly, the ability to do all this without using the regular armed forces.

What this shows is that the Russians have learned important organizational and operational lessons from the wars in Chechnia and that they are now preparing to defend Russia from the threat coming from the West (the Ukraine) and the South (Daesh) without dumping these security tasks in the armed forces which are fundamentally different from internal security/police forces.

Of course, this will be a way too powerful force to trust it to a less than 100% reliable man, but the fact that Putin chose a man he fully trusts does not mean that he fears for himself, or the next elections or any of the other nonsense spewed by the corporate media. Putin’s popularity is still sky-high and that protects him much more than any force or high ranking ally. Besides, protecting Putin will remain the task for the FSO and the FSB.

One topic which the official documents do not mention is the issue of the intelligence support of this new National Guard. The most logical solution would be to create a new National Guard intelligence service and my guess is that is exactly what the Kremlin will do. Finally, some experts have suggested that this new National Guard might have an international peacekeeping function. I would agree with this only if we are talking about a cross border peacekeeping operation, such as in the Donbass or in Central Asia. The rest of the peacekeeping mission will probably remain under the control of the armed forces (which have several specialized units dedicated to such missions).

The creation of this National Guard is an excellent idea which will give Russia the means to defend herself against the most likely threats to her territory and people in the foreseeable future.

 
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  1. Mitleser says:

    Finally, some experts have suggested that this new National Guard might have an international peacekeeping function.

    That was supposed to be in the draft presidential decree, and not just “expect opinions”.

  2. Svigor says:

    Impressively Impressive. I’m Impressed.

    • Replies: @Mitleser
  3. Makes a certain amount of sense given the demographic warfare being waged in nearby Europe by billionaire oligarchs. Defense in depth. Defend the border. Secure the interior. Infiltrate and neutralize insurrectionists, especially thise funded by Soros, or Israel-dominated western forces.

    Note that the US is doing everything wrong. The border is not secure, the border is manned by immigrants, the national guard is backfilling fatigued troops overseas, the army is infiktrated by gangs and immigrants, the enemy is inside the gates, and foreign billionaires are directly funding cultural and political revolution. If I were president, I would lock everything down, roll out polies to administration leaders, secure the border, halt immigration, secure the interior, and neutralize the growing, union organized minority unrest.

  4. Renoman says:

    Vlad Putin leader of the free World shows how it should be done – AGAIN!

  5. Rehmat says:

    Putin’s new Russian National Guard is meant to relieve demoralized former Soviet Red Army of fighting Russian separatists, mostly Muslims, as he prepare for a show-down with the US and EU in Europe.

    As in the past, Russia will ‘live in peace’ during the so-called ‘new cold war’ – but the freedom-fighters would face a new monster – and Russian new false-flag terrorism.

    Dr. Andrew Foxall, a Russian affairs expert at the ‘Henry Jackson Society’, a London-based American Zio-Conservative think tank, whined in January 2015: “The continuing instability in the North Caucasus speaks volumes about power projection in Putin’s Russia. Putin may give the impression of an all-powerful strongman, but the reality is that he does not control, nor has he controlled, all of Russia. Chechnya, with its strict Islamic law, compulsory dress code for women, and restrictions on (Jewish values) the sale of alcohol, more closely resembles a Middle Eastern sultanate than any part of the Russian Federation…..

    https://rehmat1.com/2015/02/10/chechen-caught-in-the-us-russian-crossfire/

    • Replies: @Thorfinnsson
  6. @Martin Gomez

    Note that the US is doing everything wrong. The border is not secure …

    Wrong for whom? And what makes you think that TPTB want us to feel secure? Perhaps they benefit more if we don’t feel secure. If there’s more crime, more terrorism, etc., then they have convincing pretexts for ramping up the police state and the surveillance state, and trying to get rid of the cash economy, too–it finances terrorism and crime, dontcha know!.

  7. @Martin Gomez

    I mostly agree with your comment, but have a point of correction about the military.

    White Americans share disproportionately as a share of their age group within the military, and even more so at the tip of the spear (take a look at any photo of special forces soldiers). Black Americans in military are from a higher class background than average American blacks and tend not to be from inner cities. The minimum 91 IQ needed to get into the armed forces helps a lot on that front.

    On a different note a lot of the billionaires funding invasion and revolution are domestic. The enemy truly is inside the gates.

  8. @Rehmat

    Russia is a multinational federation.

    If Russia wishes to keep Chechnya within its borders, it’s only logical that it would need to devolve control over moral customs to local leadership in accords with their desires.

    The alternatives are permanent military dictatorship in Chechnya, ethnocide, genocide, or expulsion from the Russian Federation.

    Most of the Russian security forces in the North Caucasus are paramilitary forces, not the Russian Army.

    • Replies: @Avery
  9. Avery says:
    @Thorfinnsson

    Chechens themselves – Kadyrov’s troops – are the fiercest enemies of radical Islamist Chechens.
    Loyal Chechen special forces even infiltrated ISIS in Syria, amongst Islamist Chechens fighting there, and directed Russian AF strikes against the cannibals.
    Nice.

    Moscow lets Chechens run Chechnya, local customs an’all: as long as Chechens wipe out Islamist terrorists, Moscow is happy, and hands-off.
    And Chechens are happy too: Moscow has spent $billions there completely rebuilding Grozny after the wars.

    • Replies: @Rehmat
    , @Anonymous
  10. Agent76 says:

    Putin is just following in the footsteps of Fascist Obama who took America too a full blown police state today.

    Jul 17, 2008 Obama Civilian Security

    Is Obama planning to have a Civilian Security Force in addition to the military?

  11. Kirt says:

    Sounds like the type of militarization of police functions which has been going on in the US for decades now. Putin doing it in Russia is a problem for the Russians, not for me.

    • Replies: @Mitleser
  12. Mitleser says:
    @Kirt

    militarization of police functions

    Actually, this is a de-militarization of the police.
    Until the Guard is formed, the (normal) police and all these armed forces are all subordinated to the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs.

  13. ‘Does that mean, as some have speculated, that Putin is afraid for his security and that he is building himself a personal Praetorian guard?

    Hardly.’

    Still no explanation for his disappearance.

    (this comment may be replied to with a lot of invective. None of which will give a real explanation for the disappearance. And as for his popularity-which is real-have not popular leaders ever been murdered?)

    • Replies: @5371
  14. Rehmat says:
    @Avery

    “Moscow lets Chechens run Chechnya,” – just like the Israeli Jew-Fascists let the west Bank or Gaza Strip by the Palestinians. What a moronic Jewish logic, eh.

    Some ‘Islamist Chechen’ could be providing ‘blood donations’ to Israel’s dying ISIS baby.

    The prize-winning American professor Laura Nader (UC Berkeley since 1960) in a guest editorial at April’s edition of the Royal Anthropological Institute’s (RAI) bimonthly journal, Anthropology Today, has compared British Jew jihadi-volunteers fighting in the Israel Army with British Muslim jihadis joining ISIS/ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. She also accused Israel for using Holocaust to justify Jewish extremism.

    “Today around 100 British nationals are serving in the Israeli army, supported by proud British mothers, however the April 2014 British report on counter-terrorism does not include as a threat the indoctrinated British citizens returning home from service in the Israeli military, since the UK is already an ally of Israel,” Nader wrote.

    https://rehmat1.com/2015/05/05/us-academic-israel-army-isis/

    • Replies: @Avery
  15. iffen says:

    Well, the Saker didn’t give us one of the most important details. He didn’t tell us what color the shirts will be.

  16. Avery says:
    @Rehmat

    So what do you think: is Berezovsky currently supporting what’s-his-name in London against Putin or Ramzan Kadyrov?

    Here, check out the video of grateful Muslim Chechens celebrating the birthday of their Christian Tsar Putin:

    [100,000 People Attend Putin Birthday Parade in Grozny (Video)]
    https://www.unz.com/tsaker/putin-creates-a-russian-national-guard/#comment-1390584

    What a beautiful sight.

    • Replies: @Avery
    , @Rehmat
  17. Kiza says:

    It does not take a PhD to recognise that the main treat from abroad to Russia comes in the form of USrael rebel-rousing through the Internet tools. In other words, Facebook & Tweeter are the key tools in USrael’s armoury for “regime-change” of non-pliant governments. It is true that the counter action of the National Guard on the streets can surprises any such “insurrection”, but this would come at a much higher cost than suppression of the “Open Socity” type subversive activities online. The USraeli ownership of Facebook is simply a strategic asset which will always provide an advantage in the manipulation of societies. Therefore, I wonder if the new Russian National Guard will involve a cyber-counter measures unit. This could cut an “insurrection” before it gets to the “street”.

  18. hbm says:

    At this moment Global Jewry is making plans to infiltrate and subvert it for use against Putin.

  19. Rehmat says:
    @Avery

    May I suggest you ask your Jewish brother Berezovsky which side of his AZZ is he licking.

    Russian president Vladimir Putin, according to JTA, is very popular among the Russian Jews. Some Russians have even claimed the Putin has Jewish family roots.

    To learn more about Jewish power in Russia, read an investigative article from IHR archives here.

    https://rehmat1.com/2014/02/15/russian-mp-jews-destroyed-russia/

    • Replies: @Avery
  20. Svigor says:

    Sarcasm?

    Observation.

  21. Avery says:
    @Rehmat

    So did you like your Muslim kin celebrating the birthday of their Christian Tsar Putin?
    And why are you, IslamoFascist parasite, still living in Christian Canada?

    Get OUT.
    Go home to Islamistan, you anti-Christian IslamoFascist bigot.

    • Replies: @Rehmat
  22. There is no threat from Ukraine. Perhaps in the deranged minds of some, but Ukraine has its hands full dealing with Russian subversion in Crimea and the Donbas.

    The biggest threat, by far, to Russia is Putin himself. The road he is leading the country down is the road to perdition. When Russia falls it will include the final breakup of the Tsarist empire and reduce Russia to a rump of what it is now.

    • Replies: @annamaria
  23. annamaria says:
    @Quartermaster

    “There is no threat from Ukraine.”
    It is hard to believe that you have been unaware of certain Mrs. Nuland-Kagan (and the whole aggressive parasitic clan of Kagans), the CIA involvement in the 2014 coup d’etat (see Brennan’ visit to Kiev on the of eve of the beginning of bombing the pro-federalist Ukrainians by the Kievan regime), and the curious cooperation between the US ziocons and Ukrainian neo-Nazis.
    It is astonishing that the loud squeaking about sacred memory of Holocaust, by the Anti-Defamation League and AIPAC, had been replaced by a dead silence when Nuland-Kagan entered into cordial relationships with the veritable neo-Nazis in Ukraine. Seems that the Nazis are OK when they are useful for the ziocons’ plans: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H4dJRnI-X8Q
    No wonder that the US veterans have been outraged by the US-supported Ukrainian provocateurs and murderers: http://www.veteranstoday.com/2015/05/14/neo-nazi-kamikazes-trained-by-nato-in-ukraine/
    https://www.unz.com/pbuchanan/a-u-s-russia-war-over-ukraine/
    https://consortiumnews.com/2016/02/07/a-look-at-ukraines-dark-side/

    • Replies: @bluedog
  24. 5371 says:
    @anony-mouse

    Explanation of your fantasies is an obligation which incumbs upon you yourself or possibly a trained psychiatrist, but certainly not upon any of us, anony-rat.

    • Replies: @anony-mouse
  25. bluedog says:
    @annamaria

    Anna by no means don’t drop down to their level for as the man said “never argue with a fool or a troll (one and the same) for they will only drag you down to their level and beat you, for they have more experience”…

  26. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @Martin Gomez

    The U.S. is NOT doing it “wrong”; it is doing it EXACTLY as its CFR masters want it to do….

  27. @5371

    Thanks for proving me right.

  28. Rehmat says:
    @Avery

    But darling, many Muslims celebrate Jesus’ birthday – the man killed by Jew ancestors.

    Thousands of Iranian Jews celebrate Imam Khomeini’s birthday each year. American Jewish academic and UN envoy for Palestine, Richard Falk, has praised Imam Khomeini by saying: “Khomeini established a real democratic system.”

    https://rehmat1.com/2014/06/06/us-author-imam-khomeini-established-a-real-democracy-in-iran/

    • Replies: @Avery
  29. Avery says:
    @Rehmat

    {“But darling,..}

    “Darling”?

    You into that sort of thing, on top of being a moron, an idiot, an anti-Christian, an IslamoFascist parasite living off of Canadian Christians,…..?

    Your personal choice, of course, “darling, sweet pie, missy….”.
    To each his own: not my thing, but, Hey…..if you are into boys, you are into boys.
    Allah works in mysterious ways.
    But you need to visit Islamistan to, you know, satisfy thems urges.

    Here you go:
    [The secret shame of Afghanistan’s bacha bazi ‘dancing boys’ who are made to dress like little girls, then abused by paedophiles]
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3384027/Women-children-boys-pleasure-secret-shame-Afghanistan-s-bacha-bazi-dancing-boys-dress-like-little-girls-make-skirts-abused-paedophiles.html

    Post some pics of your visit with ‘ bacha bazi’ on your website.
    As a public service for readers of UNZ.com, of course.
    Have a good trip.
    Please stay there: don’t come back.

  30. I think that Putin is doing this to lessen the chances of a coup against him.

    Russia after all still has a Rothschild controlled (i.e private) central bank which shows that Putin still doesn’t have as strong a position as he would probably like. He also know that there is still a sizable number of people in the Russian hierarchy who favor the west over Russian interests. Putin has apparently been warned that a move against the privately controlled central bank by him would result in repercussions that make the present day sanction pale in comparison.

    I get the feeling that this latest reorganization is a response to something that recently happened or is about to happen which made Putin want to solidify his position and cordon off those in the military he considers disloyal and most likely on the western payroll.

    • Replies: @Regnum Nostrum
  31. @silly billy

    I agree. Putin’s party is loosing votes as a result of worsening economic situation. He has even made a public pronouncement recently, asking his adherents not to force opposition winners to give up their mandate. I would say he expects some sort of trouble this summer. I have also noticed a rather curious coincidence. When Putin was threatening to damage Western financial system some time ago, Henry Kissinger dropped in for a visit and Putin has abandoned his plan. The same happened in Syria. After Henry Kissinger’s visit Putin suddenly announced the withdrawal of his task force. I cannot possibly know what has transpired between these two men but I find those coincidences strange to say the least.

  32. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @Avery

    the local customs include sharia law?

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