Global Security reported the establishment of a new security organization directly responsible to Russian President Vladimir Putin. The Federal Service of Troops Russian Federation National Guard (RF FSVNG) will be maned from Internal Troops of the Ministry of Internal Affairs,
From Global Security, “Russia’s president signed a decree April 05, 2016 to create a national guard tasked with fighting terrorism and organized crime. The new federal agency will be led by Vladimir Putin’s former chief bodyguard, Viktor Zolotov. Putin said in a televised meeting with Zolotov and other top security officials in the Kremlin that the new government entity will merge the country’s interior ministry troops with riot police and swat teams. He also said that Russia’s drug control and migration services will be incorporated into the interior ministry’s structure.”
The organization will overlap other existing organizations’ missions like the FSB, OMON and SOBR. Specific tasks include maintaining public order, performing select SWAT type functions and employment in the event of a state of emergency. Size is undetermined but could be as large as 200,000 troops who will be fully motorized including access to armor, their own aviation, engineer, marine forces and intelligence capabilities.
The formation, capabilities lines of command bear a striking similarity to a historical organization of World War II fame, the Schutzstaffel or as more commonly known, the SS.