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Putin's new National Guard: bulwark against mass protests and illoyal elites

Russlands neue Nationalgarde: eine Rückversicherung für Putin gegen Massenproteste und illoyale Eliten

Klein, Margarete

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Corporate Editor Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik -SWP- Deutsches Institut für Internationale Politik und Sicherheit
Abstract A new Russian security organ was created on 3 July 2016. The National Guard takes over the interior ministry's internal troops and police special forces and places them directly under the president's control. The new force's remit ranges from public order through counter-extremism and counter-terrorism to assistance in territorial defence and border protection. This reform represents the most significant restructuring of Russia's internal security organs in more than ten years, and exposes Putin's concerns over the robustness of his political system in face of persistent economic crisis and upcoming parliamentary and presidential elections. In this context the National Guard can serve not only as an instrument of repression against possible mass protests, but also as a means of disciplining potentially illoyal elite groups. (author's abstract)
Keywords Russia; domestic security; police; law and order; fight against terrorism; border protection; security policy; security sector; reform; paramilitary group; Putin, V.; securing of power; elite; repression
Classification Peace and Conflict Research, International Conflicts, Security Policy
Free Keywords Nationalgarde/Heimwehr
Document language English
Publication Year 2016
City Berlin
Page/Pages 4 p.
Series SWP Comments, 41/2016
ISSN 1861-1761
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications