Russian President, Putin’s National Guard, to protect Russian regional leaders

Russian President Vladimir Putin has called for elite soldiers in a new force – the National Guard – to protect the country’s regional governors.
The proposal comes in a bill that MPs are expected to approve. The parliament is dominated by MPs loyal to Putin.
The National Guard, launched last year, is headed by Putin’s ex-bodyguard Viktor Zolotov, a longstanding ally.
Putin has appointed 11 new governors ahead of a March presidential election. He is expected to seek a fourth term.

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