Rosgvardia, Putin’s ‘personal army’ to fight ‘saboteurs’ or peaceful protest in occupied Crimea – Human Rights in Ukraine

Rosgvardia, Putin’s ‘personal army’ to fight ‘saboteurs’ or peaceful protest in occupied Crimea – Human Rights in Ukraine

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Halya Coynash

Russia’s National Guard, or Rosgvardia, was created by Putin’s presidential decree in April 2016, from the old Interior Forces, together with OMON, purportedly to protect public order, fight terrorism and extremism and guard state buildings. It later transpired that it would also be involved in taking fingerprints and something referred to as “information counter-resistance”.

The official line is that the National Guard bases, together with one for OMON riot police, are needed to protect Russia’s illegal Crimea Bridge from ‘Ukrainian saboteurs’. Many suspect, however, that the real aim is to have this army of specially trained fighters on hand to crush any protests, amid mounting disgruntlement with socio-economic problems and other issues.

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Bases are to be set up for Putin’s National Guard [Rosgvardia] in three cities in occupied Crimea. The official line is that this is needed to protect Russia’s illegal Crimea Bridge from ‘Ukrainian saboteurs’. Many suspect, however, that the real aim is to have this army of specially trained…

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