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Dissatisfaction Among the Russian Security Services


Main Image Credit Courtesy of Vitaly V Kuzmin/Wikimedia Commons.


Discontent within Russia’s security services continues to simmer, just as Vladimir Putin is likely to need their loyalty most.

Over the past two years, there have been several high-profile cases in which members of the Russian security services have publicly criticised the government, revealing serious deficiencies in their workplaces. Complaints include low pay, a lack of job security upon retirement and the continuation of violent hazing rituals for new recruits. This is a systemic issue that is often overlooked, but ensuring the backing of the security services is vital for the smooth running of

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WRITTEN BY

Emily Ferris

Research Fellow, Russia and Eurasia

International Security Studies

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