Putin ordered Head of National Guard Viktor Zolotov to lead counterterrorism group in Caucasus
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on improving the management of the counterterrorism group in the North Caucasus.
Head of the National Guard Viktor Zolotov will lead the troops.
The Presidential Decree On Improving the Management System of the United Group of Forces for Counterterrorism Operations in the North Caucasus Region of the Russian Federation was posted on the legal information portal on July 29.
The document says that a number of Russian power structures (including military units, bodies of the National Guard and the Armed Forces troops, bodies and subdivisions of internal affairs, the Ministry of Emergency Situations, the Federal Security Service, the Federal Security Guard Service, as well as federal state bodies) should be involved in the conduct of counterterrorism operations.
The decree also states that the overall leadership of the United Group will be carried out by Head of the Federal Service of Troops of the National Guard of the Russian Federation, Commander of the troops of the National Guard of the Russian Federation. This post is currently held by Viktor Zolotov.
It is assumed that Zolotov will independently engage in the formation of the group, selecting soldiers of the National Guard. At the same time, he will choose candidates from other structures based on the proposals of the heads of these departments.
Among other things, Zolotov will have a staff of deputies, it will consist of one representative from the Ministry of Defense, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Ministry of Emergency Situations, the Federal Security Service, and the Federal Security Guard Service. They will be selected by the heads of the above departments.
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