The Internal Troops are organized by the type of the army, but they are not included in the Russian army.
Structurally internal troops are in the system of the Interior Ministry. The task of the Troops is to maintain the constitutional system and public order in the country.
Unlike the Internal Troops, the army is destined to defend the country against an external enemy. However, in the case of the outside encroachment on the sovereignty of the state, be it a border armed conflict, or aggression by another state, the Internal Troops are to be involved in the repelling of the aggression together with the Army and Border Troops, included in the Armed Forces of the Ministry of Defence.
Previously, the Internal Troops were used to guard the prisons and guarding prisoners , but now these functions are abolished.
Today, the Internal Troops of Russia is a powerful paramilitary unit (militia). The operation units are fully motorized and have armored vehicles. The structure of the Internal Troops consists of its own aviation, artillery, engineering and naval units.
The symbols of the Internal Troops territorial districts are:
Falcon – Moscow District;
Sphinx – Northwestern District;
Deer – Volga District;
Horse – North Caucasian District;
Salamander – Ural District;
Bear – Siberian District;
Tiger – Eastern District;
Lion – Office for protection of important public facilities and cargo;
Winged dog – Logistic Support units of the Internal Ministry of Russia.Author of the post picture is Leonid Yakutin
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The upper cockade of the Russian Armed Forces is a custom metal sign on the military headdress (service cap). It was approved in 1998 and is applied to the present time.
The cockade represents the emblem of the Russian Armed Forces in the form of a golden double-headed eagle with outstretched wings, holding a sword (a symbol of readiness to defend the Fatherland) and a laurel wreath (a symbol of glory and honor).
The cockade and the emblem to the ceremonial full-dress service cap and peakless cap of the sergeants and petty officers of the service for a fixed period (conscription recruitment), soldiers, sailors, military students (academy men), Suvorov military and Nakhimov naval cadets.
The ceremonial and full dress uniform for the Soviet Army ranks and sergeants of the service for a fixed period (conscription recruitment) was established in 1969.
The sleeve patch is the symbol of belonging to the Volga Cossack Host, the symbol of military comradeship and brotherhood, it represents the unbreakable bond of all generations of the Volga Cossacks.
The patch is to be worn on the left sleeve of the uniform of every of the Volga Cossacks.
It is handed together with a chest badge at the moment of taking oath.