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Ukraine’s Special Police Part of Soviet Legacy

The special police units blamed for the deadly shootings in Kyiv in February are, in part, a legacy of the country’s Soviet past. Ukraine has several special police forces, including the Security Service and the Berkut riot police, both of which have been implicated in the Kyiv shootings. Senior Fellow Igor Sutyagin at London’s Royal United Services Institute says he is not surprised that such forces have been mentioned and that several Berkut officers have been arrested. But he says...

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