15:50 May. 19, 2016
Kremlin says the armed forces division will fight terrorism and extremism
National Guard is about to appear in Russia. On Wednesday, May 18th, the lower house of the Russian parliament ('Gosudarstvennaya Duma') adopted a law on launching a new substructure in Russia's armed forces.
The initiative belongs to President Putin who announced his intentions on April 5th stressing the newly established executive units are expected to battle extremism and organised crime. Putin's former bodyguard Viktor Zolotov will allegedly head the troops.
The creation of a National Guard has been talked about for years. Some experts suggested Putin and his personal staff are concerned about possible unrest in the run-up to Russian parliamentary elections in September fearing the scenario of 'colour revolutions' likewise in neighbouring Ukraine or Georgia. On April 9th, Russian opposition released a video filming a secret training of supposedly the National Guard simulating mass protest dispersal.
President's spokesman Dmitry Peskov though insists the creation of the National Guard has nothing to do with the aforementioned topic.