Russian internal troops prepare to counter “maidans” across Russia and in occupied Crimea

The Internal Troops 33rd Special Purpose Unit "Peresvet" during a training exercise in 2013 (Image: wikimedia.org)

The Internal Troops 33rd Special Purpose Unit "Peresvet" during a training exercise in 2013 (Image: wikimedia.org) 

2015/04/09 • Analysis & Opinion, Russia

Russian internal troops are currently conducting exercises in six of the countries federal districts – the North-West, Central, Volga, North Caucasus, South, and Crimean — to prepare them to counter any appearance of Maidan-like protests, according to an interior ministry press officer.

The exercises which began on April 2 and will conclude tomorrow involve the use by internal troops of “the entire arsenal of special means,” including tear gas, water cannons and “various types of military technology and special non-lethal arms,” the official said.

Three things about this announcement make it noteworthy:

First, the organizers say they are trying to make the exercises as useful as possible by copying all the aspects of the Maidan events in Ukraine, including the actions of demonstrators and the actions and inactions of officials in response.

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Second, Moscow is organizing them throughout the country, an indication that the Kremlin is worried about the possibility of Maidans in one or more of Russia’s regions or republics, something many in Moscow and the West discount but a possibility that clearly has Vladimir Putin’s attention.

Garry Kasparov (Image: kasparov.ru)

Garry Kasparov (Image: kasparov.ru)

Perhaps especially indicative of Moscow’s concerns are the exercises being staged in Crimea, where the situation may not be as completely under the control of the occupation forces as many Russian officials would like to believe.

And third, the announcement comes as opposition leader Garry Kasparov has challenged orthodoxy among opposition groups and argued that the best way of combating Putin and Putinism is to organize a Maidan in Moscow, a step he suggests could prove successful because support for Putin there is lower than elsewhere.

Edited by: A. N.

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  • puttypants

    Thanks Kasparov….you have been a true hero with great courage to call out Putin and you haven’t given up.

  • Randall Cook

    to counter the Kremlin, kill MishaInLeningrad–then stop after the kremlin has been de-loused with nerve gas :-)

    • Randall Cook

      in your wet-dreams, moskal-leningradder…

      ПТН ХЛО

      • Michel Cloarec

        Forget about that bitch. All the others anti-trolls do !

      • Randall Cook

        try to make me, herr leningradder…ПТН ХЛО

  • Michel Cloarec

    It is coming sooner or later, but it is coming !

    • Michel Cloarec

      Did they throw you out of World Affairs site ? because you are insulting in lack of arguments for your cesspol and its fuhrer.

  • disqus_aJpixObjG7

    it is very obvious that the russian fascist trolls- the trash
    serving putin- have now specially been ordered to specifically target
    the Euromaidan website.
    Their trolling is designed to work like a wrench in the machinery and sabotage meaningful discourse on this website.
    mikhail in “london”1234, Hristo, suvolk etc are some of them

    IT
    IS IMPORTANT NOT TO ANSWER THEM RATHER IGNORE THEM because their
    sabotage functions by ATTRACTING ANSWERS TO THEIR TROLLING COMMENTS and
    thus sabotaging meaningful discourse on this website.

    • Kruton

      Russia will be defeated by and idiotic black president,LOL!

    • disqus_aJpixObjG7

      Soon, very soon you and all the murderous, rapist, nazi russian riff raff and trash- zakharchenko, motorola , givi etc and all the other russian scum: the racist, drug-dealing, mass murderers, invading UKRAINE, pillaging and raping UKRAINIANS will be gone, dead… pffft… leaving a stench behind. The same for putin, medvedev and the russian duma 78% of which are nazis and fascists

  • TheBlogFodder

    The 86% approval rates must be as phony as the Crimean riflerendum numbers if they are that scared. If they had open and honest elections there would be no need for Maidans.

    • Kruton

      Stop killing children Russian scum!

      • AWO4me

        Goof

  • Rods

    And when the troops refuse to kill then own, Putin will fall

  • Kruton

    Silence Bolshevik killer of children!Stop hiding behind old women communist pigs!

  • Rods

    It is excellent to see that you don’t agree with invading countries, like the US invading Iraq. So you clearly don’t agree with Russia invading Crimea and East Ukraine, I don’t either. So lets have a mutual celebration, where we both agree invasion is bad and needs to be repulsed. So together we can do an excellent little Easter celebration: Glory to Ukraine in repulsing Russia.

    The bad news of course is that taking Putin’s money and supporting Ukraine normally ends in tears (oh dear), but don’t worry I’m not going to be a grass you up to your bosses, but I know you are a smart person, don’t get found out and like Eric the troll, quit while your are ahead.

  • Michel Cloarec

    The russians again as usual are ready to kill russians . Where did I read about that before ? In Stalin memories book maybe ?