Russia’s Force Structure Suggests Kremlin More Concerned about Internal Enemies than Foreign Ones, Baranov Says
October 27 – Russian officials are increasingly declaring that Moscow is
preparing for war, Anatoly Baranov notes, but they seldom point to the fact
that the force structure the Kremlin has developed suggests that it is more
concerned about conducting a war against its domestic enemies than against its
Russian army has approximately 900,000 people in uniform, less than a fifth of
the number it had at the end of Soviet times and 300,000 less than North Korea
has at present, the editor of the Forum.MSK portal says. But the number of
personnel in organs charged with domestic control is vastly larger (publizist.ru/blogs/33/27653/-).
interior ministry currently has almost as many employees as the army does,
894,000; the recently created and rapidly expanding Russian Guard has 340,000
more; and the FSB, which keeps its total staff numbers a secret, nonetheless is
estimated to have upwards of 250,000, for a total of a half a million more than
the army, Baranov continues.
course, not all of these forces are directed at the suppression of domestic
enemies, Baranov concedes; but enough are to raise some questions not now being
asked: just whom is the Kremlin preparing to go to war with: the NATO countries
or its own people?The answer is less
clear than one would like, Baranov concludes.