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A Bigger Bludgeon: Putin’s Man Put in Charge of New National Guard

When it comes to President Vladimir Putin’s personal trust, Viktor Zolotov has no peers. Head of Federal Security Guard Service given Putin was inaugurated boss for the initial time in 2000, their bond indeed dates behind to the early 1990s. Both worked in St. Petersburg for then-mayor Anatoly Sobchak — Putin as one of his pivotal advisors and Zolotov as his personal bodyguard.

Zolotov was initial recruited into KGB structures in the 1970s, hired as a bodyguard by Alexander Korzhakov, Boris Yeltsin’s intensely successful personal ensure and political aide. Zolotov could even be seen station alongside Korzhakov and Yeltsin on the famous tank in front of Moscow crowds during the August 1991 unsuccessful coup. The Soviet Union collapsed as a result, Yeltsin emerged as the leader of the new Russia and Zolotov was sent to St. Petersburg — to guard Sobchak, and then, Putin.

Now, some 25 years later, Zolotov has turn one of the few vital players in the state hierarchy. Unlike his coach Korzhakov, Zolotov has never been an active politician, though has eventually risen to prominence, says domestic researcher Nikolai Petrov. From April 5, he binds the rank of minister and has been allocated a member of the National Security Council.

In what looks to be one of the many poignant reforms of Russian confidence and law coercion given Putin came to power, Zolotov was allocated executive and commander in chief on April 5 of a new armed force stating directly to the president. The new National Guard will be designed, according to Putin’s decree, to deliver “public sequence and fight terrorism and extremism.”

Made adult of Russia’s stream interior and security troops, the new National Guard will accept a broad spectrum of rights and tools of legal violence. Instead of various forms of special infantry units of different acquiescence and authority, Zolotov will authority a unified interior infantry force. Its vital charge will be clamping down on riots and social unrest.

According to an Interfax news group source, the new force might series as many as 400,000 officers, approximately half the size of the Russian army.

Putin has been generally endangered with domestic sequence ever given mass criticism rallies pennyless out in Moscow in the winter of 2011. Since them, rumors of such a force have circulated within the establishment. “Apparently, the time has finally come,” a source tighten to the Kremlin told The Moscow Times.

The National Guard has been postulated some-more energy than was creatively planned, says domestic consultant Yevgeny Minchenko. Not usually does Putin wish to have infantry to call on in box of riots, it is accepted that the National Guard will also act as a counterbalance to the Federal Security Service (FSB), the heir of the KGB. This would explain the unexpected powers given to the National Guard — such as fighting terrorism and organized crime — according to the legislation breeze introduced by Putin.

When installing his complement of vertical control, Putin never relied on a singular special force. In the 2000s, he privately designed the Federal Drug Control Service as a counterbalance to the FSB. Now, drug control has prolonged given mislaid the domestic purpose, and Putin feels it is too dangerous to rely on a single, prevailing, constantly expanding structure, such as the FSB, says Nikolai Petrov.

The National Guard’s peerless duty is to be an effective fighting fist. It’s a calibrated response to the outmost hazard Putin assumes is entrance from the West, says Minchenko. It’s a signal “that Russia is ready, that it has a bludgeon to fight with.”

By creating the National Guard, Putin has shown what he cares about most — protests. And his many devoted male will lead the fight.

Contact the author at m.fishman@imedia.ru

Article source: http://www.themoscowtimes.com/article/564936.html

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