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April 6, 2016: General Viktor Zolotov (R), former head of the president’s personal security detail, has been appointed as head of the National Guard of Russia (source: dpa)

Mr. Putin’s private army

In a surprise move, clearly aimed at bolstering his own personal power and security, President Vladimir Putin has announced the formation of a Russian National Guard. The new entity is to be created within the Ministry of the Interior (MVD) and its mandate will be to fight terrorism and organized crime. This, however, is a mere facade.


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