Fascist Russia founds SS Leibstandarte Vladimir Putler

Russian President Vladimir Putin has
announced the creation of a new National Guard, which he said would
fight terrorism and organised crime.The force will be formed of
interior ministry troops and led by Mr Putin's former bodyguard, Viktor
Zolotov, who will report directly to the president.Mr Putin's spokesman said the force could be used to maintain public order.

But Dmitry Peskov denied its creation was linked to elections in September. Some critics say Mr Putin fears unrest.

Putin made the announcement during a meeting with key security
officials at the Kremlin. "The decisions have been taken, we are
creating a new federal body of executive power," he said.He also
announced that Russia's drug control agency and federal migration
service would become part of the interior ministry's remit.Why now?The
creation of a National Guard has been talked about for years. Mr Peskov
said he "could not explain" the timing but denied it had anything to do
with upcoming elections or any mistrust of other law-enforcement
agencies.But there are suggestions that President Putin is
concerned about possible unrest in the run-up to parliamentary
elections in September. Liberal Yabloko party leader Emilia
Slabunova said it was an "attempt by the authorities to protect
themselves from protests" while independent military analyst Alexander
Golts said Russian authorities were concerned by "colour revolutions" in
neighbouring countries such as Ukraine and Georgia.Who's in favour and who's against? Pro-Kremlin
officials have welcomed the change, but opposition figures and
commentators fear a further strengthening of security structures.Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov said
the new force would "enhance units' operational capability". The head
of the State Duma's defence and anti-corruption committee, Irina
Yarovaya, said it was "an absolutely timely, adequate and systemic
answer to modern challenges and threats". But Communist MP Vladimir Rodin said the reshuffle was "a dangerous path" and influential cultural figure Marat Gelman called it a "step towards a police state".

What happens next? The
National Guard looks set to become a powerful force. Its proposed
powers include the right to shoot or use force without warning and enter
private premises while on duty when there is a threat to the lives of
civilians or National Guard personnel.Some unconfirmed reports suggest it could number up to 400,000 people and have tanks, heavy artillery and attack helicopters. What is not clear is how the new force will work with the interior ministry and other security agencies.

Analysis by BBC Monitoring

commander-in-chief of the National Guard, Mr Zolotov has been given a
seat on Russia's Security Council. This means he will report directly to
President Putin, bypassing the interior minister. Mr Putin warned in February
that Russia's "foes abroad" were preparing to interfere with the 18
September election, and told the country's security services that such
attempts must be thwarted.Moscow has long accused the West of
trying to influence Russian elections through encouraging mass protests -
a claim denied by US and European officials.Thousands of protestors took to the streets
in Moscow and other cities after the 2011 parliamentary elections amid
allegations of ballot-rigging and electoral fraud. Dozens of opposition
figures were arrested and jailed.Rise of Viktor ZolotovLittle
is known about 62-year-old Viktor Zolotov. He tends to stay out of the
media spotlight and usually refrains from making political statements.
But most commentators agree that his appointment is the outcome of his
close relationship and his loyalty to the Russian president. Born
into a working-class family, Mr Zolotov started his career as a
locksmith at a car plant, later joining the KGB. He spent 20 years as a
guard with the Soviet security agency.In 1994, he became
bodyguard for then St Petersburg Mayor Anatoly Sobchak and deputy mayor
Vladimir Putin. That was when he apparently developed a close
relationship with the future president, even becoming his judo sparring
partner. When Mr Putin was appointed prime minister in 1999, Mr
Zolotov was made head of his security entourage. He held the post until
2013, when he was transferred to the interior ministry and put in charge
of interior troops in 2014.


By: Vivant et libertas (1510.70)

Tags: Russia , SS , SA , Fascist , Terror regime

Location: Russia