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Russia Is Perfecting the Art of Crushing Uprisings Against Authoritarian Regimes

Russia Is Perfecting the Art of Crushing Uprisings Against Authoritarian Regimes by Patrick Tucker – Defense One

After Russia invaded Ukraine in 2014, much was made about the Kremlin’s use of hybrid warfare to destabilize and conquer. But in the years since, Moscow has taken gray-zone tools and created something completely different: a type of security force for hire by dictators looking to secure their rule.

In a little-noticed July 2018 article in the Russian Military-Industrial Courier, the commander of Russia’s Southern military district discusses the successful use of non-uniformed mercenary fighters, local regime-supported militias, and regular troops to crush Syrian rebels rising up against the Assad regime. In “The Staff of Future Wars,” Col. Gen. Aleksandr Vladimirovich Dvornikov argues that techniques pioneered in Syria could be exported to nearly any environment where President Vladimir Putin sees fit to intervene against a popular uprising. 

The piece escaped the attention of most Western observers. But not Mark Voyger, a former cultural adviser at NATO Allied Land Command and former senior adviser on Russian and Eurasian affairs to then-Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, commander of United States Army Europe…

Read on.


President Trump (possibly in order to "woo" Russia away from China?; see my comment at the "American Commandos Gear Up for New Shadow War With Russia" thread below) -- and with such foreign policy "reversals" as noted by my quoted item below -- would seem to have given Russia (et. al?) the "green light" to engage in such activities as "crushing uprising against authoritarian regimes." 

President Donald Trump:

"We do not expect diverse countries to share the same cultures, traditions, or even systems of government, but we do expect all nations to uphold these two core sovereign duties: to respect the interests of their own people and the rights of every other sovereign nation.”

“Strong sovereign nations let diverse countries with different values, different cultures, and different dreams not just coexist, but work side by side on the basis of mutual respect.”