Rosgvardia, the Russian National Guard, has started to train specialists to monitor social networks, according to a press briefing held by the organisation’s principal deputy head of department, Col.-Gen. Sergey Melikov, on 19 May.
Described as a priority for the force, the initial training is already under way at the Novosibirsk Military Institute. The ability to monitor and identify terrorist or extremist threats is a priority for Rosgvardia, according to Melikov, but one for which insufficient provision has been made till now. Training a cadre of specialists to be able to provide effective monitoring will, Melikov anticipates, prevent any further repetition of the March attack in Chechnya in which militants attacked a Rosgvardia unit, killing six and injuring three. IS has claimed responsibility for this attack.
Identifying activity and applying intelligence analysis to data gathered from social networks will be key to improving resilience and enhancing responsiveness to the potential acts of terrorism Rosgvardia is tasked with combating, according to Melikov.