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Introduction: historical overview of Russian security and paramilitary forces, including their part in the failed coup against Gorbachev in 1991, the successful take-over by Yeltsin in 1993, and the rise of Putin /The Police: roles, organization and equipment, OMON riot police, SOBR and OMSN snatch squads, and the fight against the Mafiya /The Interior Troops (VV): roles, organization and equipment, VV Spetsnaz, Vega, ODON, MVD, and the war in Chechnya /The FSB: commando units Al'fa, Vympel, Zenit, etc., and FSB control of Border Troops /'Warlords in Suits': independent ministerial forces, Federal Protection Service, Justice Ministry, Ministry of Emergency Situations /Guns for the Masses: private security firms and vigilante forces /The Opposition: anti-Moscow organizations in the North Caucasus /Tools of the Trade: special weapons and equipment /Select bibliography /Plate commentaries /Index
Since 1991 Russia's security and paramilitary forces have grown in numbers and importance, spearheading operations in Chechnya and elsewhere in the Caucasus, as well as countering terrorism and organized crime. Featuring full-colour artwork, this study of Russia's security and paramilitary forces is written by an international authority.
Professor Mark Galeotti, formerly senior lecturer in international history at Keele University, is Clinical Professor of Global Affairs, New York University. He is a former Foreign Office adviser on Russian security affairs, and for 15 years (1991-2006) wrote a monthly column on this for Jane's Intelligence Review. Johnny Shumate works as a freelance illustrator living in Nashville, Tennessee. He began his career in 1987 after graduating from Austin Peay State University. Most of his work is rendered in Adobe Photoshop using a Cintiq monitor. His greatest influences are Angus McBride, Don Troiani, and Edouard Detaille. His interests include karate, running, Bible reading, history, and making English longbows.
"The relatively brief history of these contemporary units is reflective of the story of Putin's rise to a stranglehold on power and the resurrection of the Russian bear's claws. Intriguing insights make this book well worth reading." --Toy Soldier & Model Figure magazine