April 16, 2021

RUSSIAN NATIONAL GUARD EXERCISES IN THE FAR NORTH

On April 2, 2021, the National Guard of the Russian Federation – a paramilitary force reporting to the President responsible among other things for the protection of critical state facilities, including nuclear sites – conducted an exercise of its special forces in the seaport of Dudinka (Krasnoyarsk region) in the Russian Far North.

According to the scenario of the exercise, a criminal group had infiltrated a container ship that arrived into the port following a nuclear-powered icebreaker. The criminals tried to seize the cargo, which contained explosives and took the crew hostage. Special forces of the Russian National Guard as well as special police forces from Krasnoyarsk, Kemerovo, and Novosibirsk regions and the Chechen Republic, and special military forces participated in the operation to liberate the ship. In the course of the exercise, the hostages were successfully rescued, and the criminal group was neutralized.

Director of the National Guard Gen. Zolotov, who oversaw the exercise, highlighted the need for special training of the National Guard under the low temperature of the Arctic zone, including the use of special vehicles. He also emphasized the importance of a high level of inter-agency cooperation.

Russian National Guard pays special attention to the Russian Arctic zone. In the Far North, its forces protect three nuclear facilities, seven nuclear-powered ships, including the first floating nuclear power plant in Pevek, and nine ports along the Northern Sea Route, where nuclear-powered ships are allowed to dock. In 2020, the National Guard detained more than 700 violators for trespassing at the critical state facilities, protected by the service.

Source: Army General Victor Zolotov Assessed the Activities of the Special Forces of the Russian National Guard in the Arctic. April 2, 2021.