The ruling regime in Moscow is increasingly worried about the prospect of rising civil unrest in conditions of widening economic penury. In cities with non-diversified industry, where civil unrest is already manifest, the regime is reinforcing police presence. The regime’s reaction to the expected wave of public discontentment is likely to be harsh.
Gennady Gudkov, deputy chairman of the Russian parliament’s committee on security, one of the leaders of the pro-Kremlin Just Russia party, said Internal Ministry forces have been sent to risk areas to reinforce local police. Speaking in an interview with Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Mr Gudkov admitted that Internal Ministry forces may not be enough, however.