Counterterrorism Training for Civil Servants in Russian Regions

Author: V.V. PLOTNIKOV

Col. V.V. PLOTNIKOV (Res.), Candidate of Political Sciences

Abstract. With Moscow Region as an example, the author discusses common approaches to counterterrorism training for civil servants involved in counterterrorist efforts in Russian regions, and spotlights problems confronting these activities and ways to deal with them.

Keywords: counterterrorism, counterterrorism exercise, special tactical exercise, command and staff exercise.

Much attention is given these days to professional training of civil servants involved in counterterrorist actions in regions of the Russian Federation. Training follows the guidelines laid down in the Counterterrorism Concept in the Russian Federation1 and includes retraining, skill improvement, and practice. Civil servants are trained in accordance with federal laws2 at officially accredited higher, secondary professional, and postgraduation professional education institutions.3

A fairly effective professional education system has been operating in Moscow Region for several years already. It includes counterterrorism training for top managers and employees of central agencies of the executive branch of government of Moscow Region, municipalities, enterprises, organizations, and institutions. Counterterrorism training is a core element of professional training. It is planned and conducted purposely and continuously with consideration for the sociopolitical situation in the region. Its substance, goals, tasks, and forms and techniques in which it is carried out, and the problems facing it and ways of resolving them are examined in more detail below.

Counterterrorism training is a process that is centrally planned, organized, and conducted to give theoretical and practical training to employees of central agencies of the executive branch of government and municipalities in Russia's regions, and local institutions, organizations, and enterprises in countering terrorism. Heads of government agencies and top managers of enterprises receive training to be adequately prepared for pursuing preventive measures and manag-

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ing their personnel professionally in response to terrorist threats, and employees and workers are trained to acquire steady habits and skills responding to such threats as soon as they arise.

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