Last Updated on February 17, 2022
Russian riot police have launched a recruitment campaign seeking applications for duty positions on “hundreds” of different websites, amid a rise in left-wing protests across the country. One of the ads is for a police sharpshooter position, and notes that “no experience is required.”
According to Reuters, a police ad blitz that “went well beyond any similar drive in recent years” took places on various Russian job seeking websites such as Superjob.ru., Avito, and HH.ru.
One job description for police snipers with Moscow’s main riot police unit, the Second Special Regiment, on the Headhunter website promised candidates a monthly wage up to 70,000 roubles ($944.67), adding that “no experience is required.”
The ad was reportedly republished 100 times within 4 days.
Russia’s response to mass protests has been compared favorably to the United States’ sluggish response to violent mobs of Black Lives Matter supporters that ravaged cities cities across the country in the summer of 2020.
In February, Russia slammed the U.S. government for the latter’s targeted political persecution of Trump supporters and other political dissidents:
The Russian Foreign Ministry has issued a statement lambasting the United States government under Joe Biden for the “ongoing persecution campaign” taking place “against anybody at all who does not agree with the results of the latest presidential election.”
In the statement, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova delivered a scathing assessment of the human rights situation in the United States under President Joe Biden.Zakharova described the ongoing crackdown against Trump loyalists in the United States:“The FBI has reportedly opened more than 400 criminal cases and applied for more than 500 search warrants and subpoenas for suspects; it has also brought charges against and detained around 200 people. Only several dozen defendants have been released on bail or placed under house arrest. The others are being subjected to harsh pressure, with members of their family and social circle being coerced into giving a ‘convenient’ testimony. Moreover, people who have not even been officially charged are losing their jobs; they are being banned from social media and publicly ostracised.”
She also questioned the “objectivity of the law enforcement agencies” involved in this campaign, noting that they were acting under orders and “in line with the narrative of the current administration who declared the events of January 6, 2021 a riot and everybody who was near the US Congress on that day all but plunderers.”
Zakharova added that “In this context, we have every reason to express concern and demand that basic human rights be observed,” in regards to the rights of the Biden regime’s political opponents.