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Putin Approves ‘Political Commissars’ Reminiscent Of Soviets


Colonel-General Andrey Kartapolov © Petr Kovalev / TASS

On 30 July 2018, Russian President Putin signed papers creating “Colonel-General Andrei Kartapolov as Deputy Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation – Chief of the Main Military-Political Directorate of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation” (The main military-political department was created in the Ministry of Defense (TASS.ru))

The political-military department was previously deleted in 1992, after the fall of the Soviet Union.

According to the information of the official site of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, today the main tasks are [to] work with the moral and psychological state of personnel, information and propaganda work and patriotic education of servicemen, organization of military special, psychological and cultural-leisure work, as well as creating conditions for free confession.

According to Reuters, this recreates a Soviet initiative.

In the Soviet Union, a similar directorate worked to ensure that the army stayed loyal to the then ruling Communist party.  In Soviet echo, Putin gives Russian army a political wing

Notice the ever-increasing information control over Russian citizens and now over the Russian military. If you were to say this move appears paranoid, you would be correct.

 

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