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A Guard for Putin's Security

Apr 5, 2016 | 23:03 GMT
A Guard for Putin's Security
Russian President Vladimir Putin (C) appointed Army Gen. Viktor Zolotov (2-R) to lead the new national guard, which may be intended to be Putin's personal army.
(MIKHAIL KLIMENTYEV/AFP/Getty Images)

Russia just got yet another security service. On Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the creation of a Russian national guard. Officially, the new national guard will combat terrorism and organized crime and will take over riot and SWAT duties from the Interior Ministry's troops. But more than law enforcement or security concerns, the surprise announcement signals that the Putin administration is worried about instability, in Russia as well as the Kremlin itself....

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