Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Russian Guard Recruiting Officers in 52 Regions to Suppress Protests in Moscow

Paul Goble

            Staunton, August 27 – Like the capital of the imperial state Russia still is, Moscow is seeking to recruit young men from one region to be used to suppress protests in another, in this case Russians from predominantly ethnic Russian provinces to be deployed on the front lines against demonstrators in the capital.

            The Russian Guards are advertising on the HeadHunter portal and offering 60,000 rubles a month (one thousand US dollars) to young men in 52 predominantly Russian regions to move to the capital and help “put down” what the authorities describe as “revolts” (

            The advertisement says that successful candidates will be involved in “the maintenance of social order and social security during mass demonstrations in the city of Moscow, the protection of the legal order in dangerous zones, under extraordinary circumstances, and the prevention of crimes, mass disorders group violations of public order and mass pogroms.”

            No experience is required, the ad which was put up yesterday but taken down today says, making the salary of 55,000 to 65,000 rubles a month quite attractive; but the Russian Guard does require that candidates have at least a secondary education. The new men will be based in Moscow.

            A spokesman for HeadHunter said the ad apparently was removed when the Russian Guard attracted enough applicants in one day.  A more likely explanation is that such an advertisement, which both HeadHunter and the Russian Guard confirmed was real, was an embarrassment to more senior officials. 

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