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    Red Armbands

    The "People's Militia" ("Narodnaya Druzhina") are essentially volunteer citizen patrol groups common in Russia; the members wear red armbands, and generally aid law enforcement on the streets

    They have an especially big role this way in Moscow, where many of the police are from out of town (it's not a terribly prestigious job, and not so many snobby Muskovites want to do it lol) and often rely on the local knowledge of the Druzhinniks, both in geography and human contacts and such, to help them get shit done out there.

    Hell, sometimes they even provide sheer physical backup to a cop who is otherwise by himself, in some bad area with scarce LE presence

    You see that shit a lot in some small towns and villages in the countryside, in Siberia, for example


    They don't just accompany the police though; they can and do patrol on their own, in parks and other large recreational and such areas, where the actual police do not want to waste their manpower


    Older ones can also help canvass neighborhoods and question other residents about some crime or whatever


    One can even often see them helping provide security at pro-Kremlin demonstrations and events

    (and the Opposition has accused some Druzhina organizations of sending people to forcibly disrupt their protests too)

    They are not all men either, there are women involved in this as well, though, not too many


    Few years ago, the Federal Migration Service (FMS) were doing large scale sweeps on illegal immigrants in Moscow, and didn't have enough manpower, even with regular police drafted in to help them; so they had no better idea, than to basically deputize thousands of Red Armbands, give them their purple vests, and send them out to round up illegals!

    Needless to say, the gig attracted particular people, racist, xenophobic RWNJs; and there were lots and lots of abuses and such; violent arrests of people who were not resisting at all; ethnic minority Russian citizens dragged in and accused of being illegals, even when they produced valid passports (dismissed as fake; this happen to a friend of mine...) All kinds of shit. That one was just a bad idea, period...

    It is not a bad concept, overall, regular people, helping the police.

    Goes back to Soviet Union, all the way to 1950s
    https://iludinovo.com/sites/default/...g3i0tjuj0k.jpg
    Khrushchev, who came up with this whole thing, had a dream that, eventually, USSR could abolish actual police altogether, with the Soviet populace policing itself, by itself, through the Druzhinas... Well, THAT was a pipe dream, of course. But, reestablishing these under Putin, in the mid-2000s, has helped, reportedly, solve countless thousands of crimes, and prevent many others. A net positive, I suppose.

    It actually starts at school over there, some kids volunteer and get red armbands, and they get to then enforce the rules on all the other kids

    Again, a sweet concept, in theory. But the problem is, even if they have strict selection processes, as in many schools, where no kid with a history of behavioral or disciplinary issues, etc, would be eligible for this; even if you only take the best; the power inevitably corrupts, goes to their heads, as I have witnessed myself at my own school in Moscow lol They are supposed to fight bullying, for example, but often themselves turn into the worst bullies...

    Too many people, even among grown ups, join this thing, just to boss others around. It is easier to get into than the actual police, you don't have to go to Police College, and crap like that, no years of education and training required (just a preparatory course that lasts, like, a week haha)

    And then, get your armband, ID, and badge, and can go out and take down drunk hooligans and such at your pleasure

    They cannot carry guns, obviously; though, I understand in some regions now they are allowed "traumatic" weapons (which fire rubber bullets).

    China has a similar thing as well
    https://www.straitstimes.com/sites/d..._221017_51.jpg
    I believe their commies emulated the USSR too...

    I don't know. Can't make up my mind what I think of. It's not exactly vigilantism, because most of their activities ARE controlled by the authorities... And, yeah, again, they do help deal with a lot of crime. Not sure...
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    Wow. A whole army of Dwight Shrutes.
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    When you live in a lawless society, extreme measures get enacted.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blueneck View Post
    Wow. A whole army of Dwight Shrutes.



    Quote Originally Posted by THOR View Post
    When you live in a lawless society, extreme measures get enacted.
    I suppose so...

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