October 27, 2022

Now Hiring: Occupiers


Now Hiring: Occupiers
A Russian policeman. Izvestia, the Russian state news agency.

On October 19, Russia's Ministry of Internal Affairs announced that it was looking to build up a police force of 52,000 for regions of eastern Ukraine recently annexed by Russia.

The Ministry hopes to hire 52,000 cops by 2026. In the meantime, there's an immediate need for over 40,000 officers.

This force would work in the regions of Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson, and Zaporizhzhya, which were recently illegally annexed by Russia following a questionable referendum. On October 19, Putin instituted martial law in those regions.

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