I put this here, because I have no idea if this URL is the Russian equivalent of the National Enquirer.
Russian Internal Troops Reportedly Being Prepared for Mass Disorders
Ceturtdiena, 30. oktobris (2008) 10:50
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The Russian government reportedly has
ordered the country's Special Forces to be on the alert for mass disorders
as a result of the impact of the financial crisis, according to several
opposition websites. And while these reports may not in fact be true, they
are certain to strike many Russians as entirely plausible and thus
exacerbate the situation.
Yesterday, the xenophobic Movement Against Illegal Immigration
reported what it said was a declaration from a source in the Russian
special services about the government's plans in the event of mass disorders
arising from popular anger about the consequences in Russia of the financial
The anonymous source reportedly said that the Internal Troops of
the Ministry of the Interior were receiving "special
psychological-physiological training under the direction of psychologists
and with the participation of psychoanalysts" in order to be ready to fire
on the citizens of their own country.
The purpose of this special militia training, the source said,
is to inculcate in the internal troops "the necessity of fulfilling any task
at any price," including the suppression of "mass disorders [among the
population of the Russian Federation] arising from the deteriorating
social-economic situation" there.
Such training, the source told DPNI, creates the conditions for
"a massive bloodletting," something that could make the situation in the
country as a whole worse and lead to "the secession of certain republics,
krays, and oblasts" and even to "foreign military intervention to defend the
civilian population of the population of Russian from genocide by the
* *"The citizens of Russia ought to know about this," the
anonymous security agency source said. And "we ask all who receive this
information to distribute it as widely as possible." So far, only
opposition sites have done so - see
kavkazcenter.com/russ/content/2008/10/29/61845.shtml -- but that will be
more than enough to exacerbate tensions at present.
The mainstream media has so far ignored reporting such things,
but at least a few of them are carrying stories which suggest that the
situation in the country is becoming dangerous. "Novyye izvestiya," for
example, today carried a story about the large number of Russians who now
carry weapons for self-defense (www.newizv.ru/news/2008-10-29/100726/
According to the paper, one of every five Russians now carries a
gun, a knife or other means of self-defense.
Not an enormous percentage
compared to many other countries, but a sufficient share to disturb Russians
long accustomed to a situation in which few people have such weaponry at
Many of these weapons, the paper says, are not lethal, but that may not be
enough to calm what is already an overheated situation. Indeed, it is almost
certain to cause even more people to seek to arm themselves in order to
defend against those who already have weapons, including the authorities.
According to experts cited by the paper, "the acquisition of means of
self-defense is justified," given the number of attacks that Russian
citizens have been subjected to by those who already have such weapons.
Indeed, the experts said, such weapons may be the only reliable protection
most Russian have in many circumstances.
The possession of such weapons, of course, does not mean that Russian would
direct them at the authorities, but if as the anonymous source quoted above
says the authorities are prepared to use violence any manifestation of
popular anger, then the possibility that some of those being suppressed have
weapons increases the risk of violence.
Indeed, the widespread possession of such weapons - and the statistics cited
by the paper suggest that nearly 30 million Russians have them - by itself
acquires the potential for causing violence, something that makes the
reports of the actions of officials to respond both credible and thus even