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July 13, 2011

Adding More Police Is Usually Not the Way to Improve Things in Russia

Filed under: Military,Russia — The Professor @ 6:28 pm

Strategy Page reports that Russia is planning to add something novel–military police (MPs):

Russia is forming a military police (MP) force. The first of the 20,000 MPs are to be in service by the end of the year, and their main goal will be to end violence, and especially hazing, in the ranks. This comes five years after deciding not to from [sic] a military police branch. Back then, the goal was the same, to reduce the violence and hazing in the ranks.

Let’s see.  The Russian military is beset by violence and corruption.  Russian police are utterly notorious for their violence and corruption.   Which strongly suggests that putting together “military” and “police” in Russia is not the greatest combination since peanut butter and chocolate, but is instead a match made in hell, and that this great experiment will not achieve its intended goal.  It will instead just create a new opportunity for shakedowns, corruption, and blackmail.  I just wonder how many months until this “innovation” is conceded to be just another failure.

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10 Comments »

  1. Sounds to me like they need a better NCO corps, not MPs.

    Comment by Matt — July 13, 2011 @ 11:27 pm

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  4. The old Red Army used to have a military police, though they called it the NKVD back then.

    Comment by Finnpundit — July 14, 2011 @ 4:58 pm

  5. @Finnpundit–yes, and famous for its way of encouragent les autres, e.g., setting up machine guns behind the lines and mowing down anyone trying to retreat.

    The ProfessorComment by The Professor — July 14, 2011 @ 5:42 pm

  6. In the fertile imaginations of Hollywood directors and Western pop historians, sure…

    Comment by Sublime Oblivion — July 14, 2011 @ 11:50 pm

  7. The NKVD were not military police, just one of the previous names for the ChK-KGB-FSB monstrosity that produced Putin. The only reason they did not use machine guns on the same scale against civilians was that civilians’ hands were usually tied and shooting at the back of the head was more economical.

    Comment by Ivan — July 15, 2011 @ 10:13 am

  8. Stalin’s reaction to his son’s botched suicide attempt says it all. When told Joe fumed-even too incompetent to kill himself.

    Comment by pahoben — July 15, 2011 @ 10:49 am

  9. Or on a more general scale when Stalin proudly introduced Beria to Roosevelt at Yalta as Our Himmler.

    Comment by pahoben — July 15, 2011 @ 10:55 am

  10. @Ivan – yes, but I seem to recall that NKVD paramilitary units were formed during the Winter War to guard the Murmansk Railway when the Red Army’s debacle during the invasion began to sink in, and the Soviets feared its vulnerability. The NKVD were also the ones that arrested the Soviet generals from the Battle of Suomussalmi who had managed to get back to their own lines, – only to be summarily executed four days later.

    Comment by Finnpundit — July 15, 2011 @ 1:31 pm

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