National Guard

Old habits die hard amongst senior National Guard officers

A lack of camouflage pattern uniformity that was prevalent amongst the various Russian Ministry of Interior(MVD) units in the chaotic 1990s, seems to somewhat survive to this day. However, it is important to note that at preset this habit has been successfully curtailed amongst the regular servicemen, but it seems that the senior officers still allow themselves this idiosyncratic privilege. Take the main image above, of the Russian National Guard Troops second in command, (Viktor Zolotov’s deputy) Sergey Melikov, as an example.

The picture was taken on 17 November 2016 during his visit to the Novosibirsk Army Institute of the National Guard Troops – until recently the Army Institute of the Interior Troops of the Ministry for Internal Affairs(VV MVD). Melikov – an ethnic Lezgin hailing from the southern Dagestan – is sporting a relatively new pattern known as Mokh, created by the Russian Magellan company. This pattern is in itself a variation of the U.S. developed pattern known as A-TACS FG (Foliage/Green). A-TACS patterns have been created by the U.S. based private company A-TACS Camo. The A-TACS camouflage has been concieved by the former US Army 75th Ranger Regiment medic Clint Hoover. The pattern seen on Melikov’s bottoms closely resembles the original A-TACS FG camouflage. This Russian copy of the A-TACS FG pattern is commercially known as Ataka and seems quite popular amongst the various spetsnaz units. The exact model of the jacket that Melikov is wearing, made by Magellan, is priced at 4,740 roubles ($77/£62.55) on the manufacturer’s website. The other two patterns visible in the photograph are the official army digital EMR (Edinaya Maskirovochnaya Rascvetka) and Skol patterns. Both are pretty standard amongst the National Guard Troops – former Interior Troops of the MVD.

Another rather retrograde example of this practice is illustrated in the picture below.

The picture was taken on 2 December, 2016 at the same institute that Melikov visited a couple of weeks prior – Novosibirsk Army Institute of the National Guard Troops.
On the photograph, the third officer from the right is wearing a jacket in the VSR or Dubok pattern, which entered service as Soviet Union started to disintegrate and is very rarely seen in active service in Russia at present. One can only assume that the jacket holds some sentimental value for the officer.


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