Monday, May 9, 2016
Russian security agencies' jostling for influence.
Structural changes in the Russian security sector including President Vladimir Putin's decision in April to create a new National Guard are unsettling the balance of power between the main intelligence and security agencies. Each institution operates as an independent actor rather forming part of a particular political 'clan'. Some may amplify their calls for a crackdown ahead of the September elections to the State Duma.