Russian Security and Paramilitary Forces since 1991

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Russian Security and Paramilitary Forces since 1991

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A detailed illustrated study of Putin's shadowy security and paramilitary armed forces.

While the size of Russia's regular forces has shrunk recently, its security and paramilitary elements have become increasingly powerful. Under the Putin regime they have proliferated and importantly seem set to remain Russia's most active armed agencies for the immediate future.

In parallel, within the murky world where government and private interests intersect, a number of paramilitary 'private armies' operate almost as vigilantes, with government toleration or approval.

This book offers a succinct overview of the official, semi-official and unofficial agencies that pursue Russian government and quasi-government objectives by armed means, from the 200,000-strong Interior Troops, through Police and other independent departmental forces, down to private security firms.

Featuring rare photographs, and detailed colour plates of uniforms, insignia and equipment, this study by a renowned authority explores the Putin regime's shadowy special-forces apparatus, active in an array of counter-terrorist and counter-mafia wars since 1991.

Table of Contents

Introduction:
Historical overview of Russian security and paramilitary forces, including their part in the failed coup against Gorbachev in 1991, the successful take-over by Yeltsin in 1993, and the rise of Putin
The Police:
Roles, organization and equipment, OMON riot police, SOBR and OMSN snatch squads, and the fight against the Mafiya
The Interior Troops (VV):
Roles, organization and equipment, VV Spetsnaz, Vega, ODON, MVD, and the war in Chechnya
The FSB: commando units Al'fa, Vympel, Zenit, etc., and FSB control of Border Troops
'Warlords in Suits':
Independent ministerial forces, Federal Protection Service, Justice Ministry, Ministry of Emergency Situations
Guns for the Masses:
Private security firms and vigilante forces
The Opposition:
Anti-Moscow organizations in the North Caucasus
Tools of the Trade:
Special weapons and equipment
Select bibliography
Plate commentaries
Index

Product details

Published Aug 20 2013
Format Ebook (Epub & Mobi)
Edition 1st
Extent 64
ISBN 9781780961071
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations Fully illustrated with photographs and specially commissioned artwork
Series Elite
Short code ELI 197
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors

Author

Mark Galeotti

Mark Galeotti is a scholar of Russian security aff…

Illustrator

Johnny Shumate

Johnny Shumate works as a freelance illustrator li…

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