: Russia holds secret drills on potential 'Moscow Maidan' suppression (video)

11:21 Apr. 9, 2016

Russia holds secret drills on potential 'Moscow Maidan' suppression (video)

Screenshot (Open Russia Youtube page)

On April 5, Russian president announced creation of National Guard to 'fight terrorism, organised crime'

A video was released by the Open Russia foundation founded by Russian opposition's Mikhail Khodorkovsky of a secret training of the newly-created Russian National Guard simulating dispersal of mass protests.

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"An Open Russia correspondent became an unintentional witness of drills near Lyubertsy, Moscow region. Hundreds of riot police troops, soldiers of internal troops and police officers simulated a crackdown on a 'Moscow Maidan'. How will a newly-created National Guard deal with mass protests?" reads the report.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on April 5 announced the creation of the National Guard based on the Interior Ministry troops.

"The decision has been made; we are creating a new federal executive  body based on the Interior Ministry troops, we are creating a National Guard, which will fight terrorism, organized crime," said the Russian president.

Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that the creation of the National Guard is not related to the upcoming elections in Russia.

Reporting by UNIAN.

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