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Analysts: Putin’s National Guard Meant to Put Down Public Unrest

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s announced plans Tuesday to form a National Guard with the stated goal of fighting terrorism and organized crime.  But analysts say the main aim is to put down public unrest as Russia’s economy worsens, and the country heads into elections.  They see the move as a chance for Putin to consolidate power. A draft law in Russia’s parliament, the Duma, authorizes the guard to use water cannons, armored vehicles, and riot gear to disperse mass...

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