Police suicides as MIA diagnosis?

Police suicides as MIA diagnosis?
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All of this has been superimposed by one of the most frightening trends of recent years – the steady increase in the number of suicides among the “phagocytes” of the state system, police and the National Guard officers. During the initial search on the Internet, the headlines were full of descriptions of relevant incidents.

This text is not suicide propaganda. The work carried out by the editorial staff is aimed at attracting attention to one of the threatening, destructive phenomena of modern society and the possibility of overcoming destructive trends by drawing comprehensive attention to the problem.

The fact that the Russian Federation occupies one of the leading places in the number of suicides per capita is not a secret. On average, the number of voluntary deaths in our country is 26.5 cases per 100 thousand of the population. At the same time, the global indicator of such deaths is 10.5 per similar population. Only such countries as Lesotho and Guyana, where similar statistics show 28.9 and 30.2 percent suicides per 100 thousand inhabitants, respectively, are ahead of us in this sad race.

At the same time, based on information from the World Health Organization, in terms of the number of male suicides, Russia occupies the first place in the world with 45 thousand dead per year or 48.3 suicides per 100 thousand male population per year. According to statistics, the proportion of men exceeds that of women by about 1.8 times. It concerns men with active legal capacity aged between 25 and 45. Again, if suicide rates are steadily decreasing all over the world, in the Russian Federation they either grow or remain at some “stable” level.

The most unpleasant moment of this sad description is that all the figures given are averaged. That is, there is no gradation by population categories, and we simply do not conduct any determination of the percentage of those who commit suicide in those categories.

All of this has been superimposed by one of the most frightening trends of recent years – the steady increase in the number of suicides among the “phagocytes” of the state system, police and the National Guard officers. During the initial search on the Internet, the headlines were full of descriptions of relevant incidents.

The obvious positive dynamics of such actions among people in uniform does not fit into the generally accepted statistics of the reasons for taking one's own life and the main “risk groups” in which such things most often occur. So, according to psychologists, the most common (generally accepted) causes of suicide are:

— age crisis;

— serious mental personality disorders;

— divorce;

— death of spouse;

— lack of family;

— incurable disease;

— no work;

— loneliness.

In social terms, these “risk groups” include:

— people with isolated way of living, the so-called “excluded people”;

— teens with interpersonal communication disorder;

— alcohol or drug abusers;

— people with pronounced antisocial behavior;

— people with abnormally high levels of self-criticism or those suffering from various humiliations;

— people who faced with the death of their loved one;

— homosexuals;

— adolescents with frustration and adults suffering from neurosis.

Any sensible reader will immediately have the question “what does the police have to do with it?” Indeed, at first sight, it has nothing to do with it. Many situational signs can be ruled out straight away. No matter what you think about the police (Note: The CrimeRussia sincerely sympathizes with the difficult days the Ministry of Internal Affairs is going through), but we can safely say that most employees do not have serious mental illnesses, loneliness, incurable somatic pathologies, or suffer from unemployment, loneliness, abandonment, etc.

There are very few reclusive people among them (at least in the junior and middle commanding personnel). There are no drug addicts, alcoholics, persons with deviant behavior or people undergoing systematic tortures, homosexuals, neurotics, and the like in the police either. In this sense, the police are more “sane” than the society. Nevertheless, all we hear about are suicides, and even more suicides… Why? It is clear that the work of a policeman is no picnic. It is associated with many dangers and problems. But why… shoot or hang oneself, or even set oneself on fire? Couldn’t they just retire? How can we explain the spate of suicides among law enforcers? Not so long ago, an attempt to approach this topic was made by Lenta.ru. The CrimeRussia carefully studied the work of its respected colleagues and found it very controversial despite all its merits.

For example, take the statement by of one of Lenta.ru’s anonymous sources. A former policeman named Pavel says that “any dismissal is an additional obstacle to the implementation of the established plan, which is absolutely not beneficial to the head.” Of course, there are no irreplaceable people, but introducing new employees takes time, while the amount of work to do is not getting any smaller. Therefore, when a person hands it their notice, its superiors threaten them with an inspection, a criminal case, and a sentence for official forgery. By and large, employee suicide often indicates that they had a serious incriminating evidence on their boss. This caused us the greatest doubt. Of course, such cases do exist. However, based on information provided to us by our own sources, they are still pretty rare. It is relatively easy to retire from the MIA. At least, it is easier than to retire from the FSB, Russian Foreign Intelligence, and the Federal Protection Service. However, police officers kill themselves more often and officer of these structures. And even more often than at EMERCOM, the Federal Penitentiary Service, and the Federal Bailiff Service.

It would seem that we have reached a dead end. But we considered such an obstacle not a dead end, but a lack of special knowledge in this area of human psyche and behavior. И Due to the fact that this is a clearly abnormal social phenomenon, the disadvantage can only be overcome by expert comments, namely from two professors of state universities, whom our journalist has interviewed. Employees of the Higher School, a psychologist and a psychiatrist, the authors of many works on the topic agreed to comment on the problem posed from a scientific point of view and describe in detail the mechanism for the formation of suicidal behavior in the above category of people.

The conversation began with a doctor of psychological sciences:

“The topic is very interesting. If it hadn’t been so tragic, it could have even been called attractive. It’s especially sad that such negative trends are hidden from society. I think that if it weren’t for the media, many cases of suicide by the Interior Ministry officers would have never been made public. Meanwhile, my colleague and I often have to communicate with law enforcement officers in the framework of our scientific activities and teaching. And we are aware of the main problems of this category of civil servants.”

“Can you please elaborate in more detail and, if possible, in terms understandable for academically inexperienced reader?”

Psychiatrist intervenes in the conversation: “Young man! I’m afraid we can’t put it briefly, even if we wanted to. The topic requires a scientific research, no less. If it weren’t for possible problems at work, then we would gladly undertake the preparation of the corresponding work and the conduct of research. However, for a number of reasons, we cannot take on the task, and no one will give us a detailed analysis of what is happening. Too much negativity may come up, which is something that officials from ministries do not like. Therefore, you have no choice but to listen to our detailed answers. You agree?

Ok, to begin with, let's clarify what the detective’s job (field investigators, district police officers, and investigators) and that of a patrol officer (including employees of private security companies, road patrol and traffic police officer) is in terms of stress. Thus, the universally recognized difficulties of law enforcers are the factor of surprise, that is, a sharp, unpredictable change in the situation, requiring a quick change in the initial order and plan of action. Any delay in a critical situation can be fatal for a policeman or civilians. This is not necessarily an operation to capture OCG members or a counter-terrorist operation. Not at all. The most dramatic changes in the situation with sudden threats occur in everyday communication with brawlers, drug addicts, alcoholics, and mentally ill people, during field trips.


The following factor directly follows from here, which is danger. This is a direct possibility of people’s death, injuries, damage to property resulting from someone’s criminal actions, or a combination of negative circumstances of environmental impact. Such moments may be (and are) unexpected. In this connection, a policeman who wants to stay intact and protect people is always obligated to keep this in mind.

Another factor that is directly related to these two is the lack of time, when seconds determine the success or failure of your actions and the results of the decision made. This requires constant mobilization of strength and attention and increased energy consumption by one’s body. Which in itself requires a subsequent rest and recovery.

Next comes the factor of lack of clarity in relation to a possible threat. The lack of clear information on what to expect from a particular person, the general lack of specificity of the task, the likelihood of a change in the situation. For example, when attending and emergency related to a family quarrel, one needs to keep in mind that it can result both in reconciliation of relatives and a successful outcome, as well as a fight, stabbing, and even shooting. Let alone ambushes, raids on drug dens, hotspots of tension, abandoned buildings, heating mains and other points of concentration of criminals.


Add to that the factor of constant novelty, which can be formulated as the presence of a difference even in similar situations due to the characteristics of the psyche of different individuals and their behavioral reactions… Two different people can react differently to the same phrase.”

“But this is not an exhaustive list, am I right?”

“Of course not. Add to this the responsibility for people, moral dilemmas, monotonous exhausting work, long shifts, lack of sleep, limited time for making decisions on procedural documents, conflicts in the family due to the short time spent with relatives, and much more. You will get an international professional portrait of a policeman. All of the above has a visible impact on a person and leads to the inevitable professional deformation. And when that person has access to weapons…”

“What you said is typical for all police around the world. At least in developed countries. Nevertheless, in the USA, France, Germany, Singapore, Taiwan, and other developed and relatively developed countries, there is no such problem as increased self-destructive streak of the police. So it's not just that?”

“Sure, there’s more to it. In fairness, it should be noted that difficulties in the perception of society and internal conflicts haunt the police everywhere. But these are all stresses, they... they are even expected upon joining the service in the Ministry of Internal Affairs. After all, people do not live in an information vacuum. They have a vague idea of what they are going to do at work. That is, they agree to certain deprivations voluntarily, which normally smooths out the destructive consequences of such influences. The soulless, dumb bureaucracy, the absurdity of demands, the misunderstanding of their actions and the systematic pressure of the leadership in an endless race for improved crime solvency rate are superimposed on it. After joining the police, a normal, adequate person gets lost. They experience a feeling of guilt, incorrectness of what is happening, inconsistency of reality with their (often quite normal) idea of it. So we are where we are…”


“Ok, it’s more or less clear. What I don’t understand is what kind of unachievable crime solvency rate is required and how exactly is the “pressure” on the part of the leadership is put?”

“You need to ask the police themselves. My colleague in the field of psychiatry will take the floor now. A.P. will better explain the mechanisms of development of suicidal inclinations and their practical implementation.”

“Ok, so where do we start?”

“With the formation of a predisposition to suicide and an explanation of the predisposing causes of this phenomenon.”

“But what about the theory of suicidal tendencies? Behavioral and personality traits? Are there scientifically based suicide detection techniques?”

“First, there are no such methods that give any predictable certainty in determining suicidal tendencies. Suicides are basically divided into three groups. First is true suicide, when a person consciously plans an act of suicide, wishes it, and deliberately commits voluntary interruption of one’s life under the pressure of circumstances significant for them. This type can be predicted by certain signs, or “markers.”

For example, a sharp breaking of long-standing social ties, “farewell” motives in dialogs with acquaintances, sudden repayment of debts, thoughts about ending one’s life, guilt, the assessment of one’s social status as hopeless, and so on. All this may indicate that a person has decided to take an extreme step. Or it may not. Which of us does not have friends who bemoan their fate, saying “life is over, everything is lost, we will all die, it makes no sense to live on, forgive me for everything”... A few days later, they are alive and kicking. In this case, a call to the neuropsychiatric dispensary and the expression of the desire to be hospitalized “in order to avoid a negative outcome” is a must.

It all applies to true suicide. But there is also an affective, spontaneous type. When a person accumulates stress without any release. So they commit sudden suicide under the influence of an insignificant, essentially “trigger” motive. They might have thoughts about it, but they were not predominant. So they commit suicide for no particular reason. This is generally impossible to predict in relation to a specific person.

There is also demonstrative behavior when a person wants to achieve something, threatening to take their own life if they are not given what they want. Then they accidentally achieve the “desired” result. This category of manipulators is not interesting for us, since it represents a certain set of easily distinguishable pathological behaviors such as hysteria, pathological aggression, extreme excitability, viciousness, and other unpleasant mental traits that are not common. Such persons drop out upon admission to service in the internal affairs department as part of the military medical commission.”

“But are there really no clear criteria for a suicidal person? For example, characteristic traits of the surviving suicides?”

“They are… Often when diagnosing and compiling a clinical picture of a person who has made a suicide attempt, one can notice obvious neurotism (anxiety, pessimism, negative forecasts, malicious hostility to the world and society, stress vulnerability, tendency to depression and reflection, self-digging). Unfortunately, quite viable people, who are not even going to die, but simply make other people’s life unbearable, often have the same characteristics. We all know these people… They will never take their life, as they have too much love for themselves. At this stage of the development of psychology medicine and the “science of a man” as a whole, physicians have not revealed any special psychiatric traits or their interweaving, which can accurately indicate the increased risk of suicide. Even worse, among 100% of those who died voluntarily in my practice and the practice of colleagues in Russia and abroad, only 20 to 30% of people had previously identified mental illnesses. The remaining 70-80% showed normal behavior in everyday life. And of course, one cannot attribute a deliberate sacrifice of oneself in battle or taking one’s life to avoid torture to the standard cases of suicide. Those are pathological situations, not pathological behavior.”


“Nevertheless, our police officers, who undergo professional selection, medical commissions, psychiatric studies, etc., are pretty “successful” at their attempts… So what's this about? This is the main point in our conversation.”

“The main type of suicide in our law enforcement system (the majority of which is the police and the National Guard) is affective suicide. But this does not mean that it is accidental, but rather the opposite. The increased suicidality of police officers is a direct consequence of the management model that now dominates the police.”

“Can you prove it?”

“Only indirectly. My colleague and I do not have direct evidence that this is a targeted policy of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia. Note that we have access to many high-ranking people. But no one told us that this system was purposefully created and had the initial task of ostracizing field workers from among the criminal investigation department, district police, Road Patrol Service, military authorities, investigators, inquiries, and duty units… In this case, we are dealing with the case when “we wanted the best, but it turned out like always.” Or, to put it another way, when putting into practice the provisions of the Ministry’s planned reform, the collective unconscious structure turned out to be stronger than the ideas and initial messages of this very reform. It “pulled up” the darkest, deepest psychocontours of the structure functioning. It is precisely because of this that we would like to remain anonymous. As you can imagine, they will never forgive us for such a statement…”

“Can you elaborate? Now we’d really like to know the details… Can you prove it?”

“I hope I can. If not prove, then justify the opportunity and show a negative trend. Please understand that neither I nor my colleague pretend to know the ultimate truth; we may be wrong. We need solid, fundamental studies of the phenomenon with access to personnel and diagnostics. After all, there is something more than isolated cases behind the formation of such an attitude towards people in the police.

Here we will pause for a bit and recall the recent past, the participant and subject of which, along with others, was the Russian police. After all, these events are fresh in the memory of everyone who witnessed the last 22-25 years of modern Russian history. It would be worthwhile to give a number of arguments that quite organically fit into that version of the crisis of the Ministry of Internal Affairs management, which we will provide below. In the meantime, let’s take a trip down memory lane…

After the collapse of the USSR, the Soviet police found themselves in a deep crisis; there was no understanding of the purpose of their work. It was truly a systemic crisis. The further existence of the state in general was questioned. Everyone who survived this time (90s), remember the wild frenzy of crime. Anyone could have a shootout in the city center, taking advantage of the paralysis and rampant corruption among law enforcement officers… Then, policemen who came to their senses by the end of the 90s began to detain and arrest the proliferated gangs. As a consequence, the Regional Organized Crime Control Department, which became greatly influential and received power resource, partially “replaced” racketeers in the field of business structures protection. No gang could compare to them. Special purpose mobile units trained to overcome “force by force” would totally smash bandit groups. The prosecutor’s office turned a blind eye to complaints from members of criminal communities about torture and beatings by police officers. One of the by-laws (decree of President Yeltsin No. 1226 dated 14.06.1994) made it possible to place suspects of involvement in organized crime groups in special detention centers for 30 days of extrajudicial arrest. Various “measures” were taken there, including recruitment, beatings, and torture aimed at beating the testimony out of them.

All this together allowed to bring down the wave of criminality and impose certain limits on organized crime. It all required an informal regulator who could fairly judge the disputes. “Mutated” security officials, largely absorbing the traditions of their “little brothers” (bandits) became such a regulator. In this case, the following Nietzsche's quote would be appropriate: “Whoever fights with monsters should see to it that he does not become a monster in the process. And when you gaze long into an abyss the abyss also gazes into you.”

It was the siloviki who had the last word in resolving many backstage issues. At first, the main player was the Organized Crime Control Department, and then the influence gradually passed to the FSB, which did not change the essence of the processes, and even complicated them, due to the greater closedness of the Chekists in comparison with the police.

However, it still did not fix the other problem. Namely, despite the apparent weakening of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, this ministry retained many important positions and was largely not under the control of the center. This negative trend needed to be broken. But how?

In this regard, many high-ranking officials say that they began to do this in dribs and drabs, and a phased plan-guide to action was developed to implement this idea. It began with the appointment of Boris Gryzlov, who was completely loyal to the new president, who was the first to pull up the cases of rogue police officers. The Internal Investigations Divisions (now Operations and Search Divisions of Internal Security), newly created in the bowels of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, fulfilling the need for their existence, became an intraministerial counterbalance to the Organized Crime Control Department. At the same time, the influence of the power police “giant” was gradually taken away and given to the FSB and the prosecutor's office. The next step was the sudden elimination of the Organized Crime Control Department throughout the country, when people who came to work found their offices closed down… This was done without warning in one night. In this way, many established corruption chains were eliminated. But law enforcement officers were set back decades in the confrontation with organized crime groups.

Since then, the Ministry of Internal Affairs has ceased to play the role of an internal “power unit”, becoming an executor of the Center’s will. Minister Rashid Nurgaliev actively contributed to the implementation of such a policy within the subordinate department.

But this was not enough when analyzing managerial decisions of those years. The spirit of rebellion was too great. Field leaders with many long-standing contacts and commitments often acted out of personal interests. At the local level, beatings of detainees were taken for granted. At the same time, many officers whom territorial criminals feared continued to serve in the same local departments. Some of those employees were truly “crazy.” They could just as easily torture a person who claimed their civil rights and get stabbed when detaining a robber, who ripped off earrings from a girl’s ears. Their bosses were the same. They had incriminating evidence on judges and prosecutors and considered themselves the only real power. So, the positive and negative sides in such officers was bizarrely mixed. Naturally, they had a lot of enemies and ill-wishers…

It was really necessary to curb such freebooters, since anarchy in the most important law enforcement agency threatened the security of the state. Another question is how exactly this was done... Let's try to restore the chronology of events.

First, the media began to gradually publish previously hushed up unpleasant topics about the police and its state of affairs. Fortunately, the work of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, which was far from perfect, abundantly supplied the press and the public with this kind of food for thought. Then, after the case of Major Evsyukov, the intensity and frequency of such publications increased to the limit, resembling hysteria. It was this wave that shifted the reform process of the problem ministry. It seems that this is the case when the medicine turned out to be worse than the disease. Or maybe the method of “treatment" and the “doctors” were inappropriate... Well, who knows.

It is also interesting that after the reform, the number of crimes and lawlessness did not decrease. Nevertheless, for some reason, only the most “egregious” cases began to be given publicity on federal channels, such as the case of the head of the Operations and Search Divisions of Internal Security of the Regional Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in the Rostov region. The rest was ignored.

It gets worse and worse as it goes on. According to the police themselves, this is often used as an excuse to “hunt witches.” An employee could (and can) be accused of beating only on the basis of the victim’s words. It is hard to say whether it is true or not, because the opinions of the parties in assessing police abuse are very different. On the one hand, we do not want to return to the recent past, where even a citizen delivered to the department for orientation risked ending up disabled and beaten by thugs in uniform. On the other hand, the same citizen feels defenseless against aggressive punks, seeing how they sometimes boldly and with impunity communicate with a patrol guard or a local inspector. Finding a balance between these extremities is the first task for those who will undertake to restore order within the crumbling department.

The fact that these policemen ceased to feel protected in everyday work has become a sad reality. At the same time, the assessment of the legality of their actions in each case is solely under the jurisdiction of the Investigative Committee, having a strong dependence on the personal relations of the detective and investigator. As well as the instructions of the leadership of both departments by region. Due to this, there have been frequent cases of both unjustified prosecution of undesirable persons and the obvious concealment of crimes in relation to those who are protected by high-ranking officials.

Then there was Nurgaliev’s phrase that “policemen need to be hit back,” perceived by people as “policemen can be beaten.” The misinterpreted saying of the minister (who actually made efforts to increase the openness and transparency of the Ministry of Internal Affairs) became a guide to action for the criminal element. The authority of the MIA reached its all-time low. District policemen turned into potential victims. The beatings of law enforcement officers have become a sad “agenda” and are no surprise to anyone...

Of course, as a consequence of such a policy, formal discipline grew significantly at the grassroots level of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. The number of people beaten up in police departments sharply decreased. Fearing the consequences, those who liked to lift their hand against defenseless took a lower profile. Well of course, when even their adequate colleagues are afraid to use special equipment and physical force. Even to those who deserved such treatment and directly provoked them.

And then, something that could not have been assumed began. More precisely, in the course of the “re-certification” that followed in the summer and fall of 2011, some police officers literally “devoured” others, not letting them pass the tests and remain in the police. Needless to say, this kind of “purge” left the most dishonest, vile, and spineless people in the ranks of the police. Experienced bribe takers were easily accredited, having given substantial offerings to their superiors for the transfer to new or old positions. As for people, who were not afraid to speak out, they suffered a serious setback.

It is hard to say what specific goals and objectives were set during the reform. But no one will argue that the balance of respect for the police, its observance of the rule of law, and the mutual legal protection of the police and citizens was greatly undermined. As a result, the society and the Ministry of Internal Affairs found themselves in a position of confrontation, rather than dialogue and mutual assistance.

“In fact, now sociopaths massively apply to senior positions within the Ministry of Internal Affairs,” the psychiatrist continued. “Those who are indifferent to human grief and suffering. At least this is how I see it. Not only mutual responsibility, but also friendship, mutual assistance, the responsibility of the boss for their subordinates are gone. Now, any chief will turn in their employee who is in trouble, or even voluntarily deliver them to a pre-trial detention center. Nobody will protect anyone. In light of this, it is quite natural that the junior and middle managers will not work and solve crimes, knowing that they will be left alone with it. The specified pattern of behavior has become prevailing in the relationship of supervisors/supervisees. Despite the fact that extremely tough and meaningless standards for solving crimes, drawing up protocols, seizing a certain weight of drugs or weapons are still there.

It is not surprising that the main method of managing personnel for a leader who wants to get promoted is psychological violence. The “path to success” is now lined with shattered fates and broken lives of subordinates, which of course includes suicides. This all has become a sick norm…”

Your position is clear. If so, can you explain why people prefer not to quit, but kill themselves? This is really bad, by any stretch. It is vile in relation to relatives and reproached by religions. The version of mass blackmail against those who want to quit police cannot be serious, right?”

“Well, no one is considering this version as the main one. After all, the number of suicides in the ranks of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the National Guard is much less than among those who quietly left the service. Suicides remain the lot of the minority, who, for a number of reasons, do not want either to quit and adapt to inadequate requirements. An internal conflict arises, exacerbated by pressure from above. A person gets caught into a “psychological trap”, losing orientation in the situation and focusing on problems at work and injustice towards themselves. These problems accumulate, and then… Psychologist Kurt Levin very accurately described the process underwent by an employee in a team. And this is directly related to a community in a power structure regulated by many orders.


His fundamental psychological theory “power fields,” which based on work about controlled crises and the concept “Defrost. Change. Freeze” accurately describes the essence of the psychological deformation. Actually, milder variants of this method of changing reactions and human behavior through the team are used in all large corporations. The mathematical calculation of the “threshold for perceiving a crisis” (in which a person working in the police eventually finds themselves) proves that each of us has a point of no return. After reaching it, a person is ready to do anything just to stay away from the source of the problem and mental pain. And saying farewell to life is one of the options… Unfortunately. Simply put, such a temporary “plasticity” of the psyche can be used to consolidate the desired changes, if there is such a goal. And if not, then just push the person over the edge when they do not see another way out and even do not consider dismissal from service as an option. To put it in a nutshell.


This ends the interview. And we continue to study the current state of affairs.

At a closer look and search for answers, there were no difficulties with a detailed coverage of the methods of bullying and suppression of personality within the modern Ministry of Internal Affairs. Rather the opposite. Still, we managed to identify the main ones, in which the group Ombudsman Politsii (‘Police Ombudsman’) helped a lot; it made it possible to analyze the main areas of police complaints. Private conversations with police officers contributed to this.

In the first place among the practiced humiliations is the deprivation of officers of days off, the shift in the vacation schedule, and the untimely change of investigative-operational groups. All this is due to the whim of a tyrant boss who is not punishable in any way.

In second place (though competing with the first by frequency of occurrence), is the holding of endless meetings between subordinates several times a day, issuing meaningless instructions, shouting, accusations of idleness, nitpicking, and name calling.

In third place is the order (essentially criminal and directly contrary to the legal regulations governing the storage of weapons) not to take guns from employees who decide to retire until each of them brings the necessary number of protocols, crimes, formal reports and the like, necessary for the praise of the chief by their superiors.

All of the above is aimed at increasing the number of solved crimes and administrative protocols. No one cares that it is impossible due to the reduction in the population of Russia and an increase in the share of socially passive pensioners. Moreover, in the case of busting a subordinate on falsification, the chief often does not bear responsibility for them. However, cases when employees went to jail, and their immediate boss got promoted, are common.

An attempt to seek protection from arbitrariness inside the MIA system is not successful either. It is also impossible to turn to a service psychologist for help. Any visit with a problem will instantly become known to the personnel service, followed by a request to check compliance and professional suitability with the military medical commission. Staff psychologists do not administer the methods of psychological counseling, do not guarantee confidentiality, and do not have the authority to raise the question of an unhealthy climate in the team under the threat of their own dismissal. Internal Security Units keep aloof and do not respond to negative signals from other units.

In this regard, the phrase of one of our interlocutors from among law enforcers, who was actually surprised why his colleagues kill only themselves when asked about why they quit the service or commit suicide, is particularly sarcastic. He added that all this will stop when their sadistic bosses get what they deserve.

We agree. This will stop. Along with the integrity, sovereignty, and independence of the country… The situation when a subordinate shoots their superior is characterized as critical for the existence of the state. However, so far, due to the current state of affairs in the police, we all run the risk of finding ourselves in an extremely unpleasant situation described by Sergey Trofimov in his song:

…We are moving to the point of no return, where the country will be torn into pieces to applause of Janizary…

Time will show whether it is a self-fulfilling prophecy. But nevertheless, we would like this to remain a harsh warning, because the new turmoil risks becoming the last, regardless of who, how and for what purposes would want to participate in it.



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