chapter  9
The Criminalisation of Russian State Security
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In 2004, as part of its campaign to revive public support for the armed forces (and to

stem the tide of draft-dodging), the Russian ministry of defence issued a series of

posters including one which sought to highlight soldiers’ roles in fighting crime. In

garish tones and simple lines reminiscentof Soviet-erapropaganda, theposter shows

lantern-jawed soldiers holding at gunpoint swarthy criminals while a female police

officer pulls contraband from their car. Vignettes in the background show masked

commandoes taking out a terrorist and a Border Guard helicopter buzzing a

smugglers’ boat, as the smugglers desperately dump their illegal cargo into the sea.