The bare-chested Russian policeman lay on his back on a pile of broken glass and nail
A Russian OMON serviceman drops a knife on the stomach of another serviceman laying on smashed bottles during a police show organised at the training base outside Moscow, May 10, 2007. REUTERS/Alexander Natruskin
Russian riot police show strength
By James Kilner Thu May 10, 2:39 PM ET
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Techno and rock music blared away as the bare-chested Russian policeman lay on his back on a pile of broken glass and nails. A colleague dropped three daggers, point down, on his stomach and trampled on his chest.
Russia's special police, the OMON, were showing what they are made of.
Kremlin critics and Western governments accused them of using excessive force to break up opposition protests last month.
But the message they were sending on Thursday was they were ready to take on any troublemakers in a year when more protests are likely as Russia prepares to elect a new president.
"This is a warning," said an OMON colonel who called himself Vladimir Antonovich as he watched three policemen smash flaming bricks with their bare fists.
"We want to show off what we can do."
Last month foreign embassies and the EU said the OMON was too heavy-handed when it used batons to break up anti-Kremlin protests, called "March of the Dissenters", in Moscow and St Petersburg, and detained journalists.
"The police were provoked in St Petersburg," Antonovich, the colonel, said, dressed in the OMON's urban camouflage uniform. "What does the March of the Dissenters need? It needs media coverage and they provoked the police into a reaction."
Crowd control is not the OMON's only role. Equipped with machine guns and armoured vehicles, they patrol Russia's volatile
Chechnya region and are trained to rescue hostages.
At a media event to which foreign journalists had been invited for the first time, the OMON showed off textbook crowd control techniques.
Wearing crash helmets and body armour and carrying shields the police swung their batons in unison and marched forward one step at a time.
"KNOW NO MERCY"
Opponents of Russian President
Vladimir Putin, who say he has trampled on democracy, have organised several protests.
The authorities have mainly banned these marches or allowed watered-down versions and several times in the last few months protesters and police have clashed. An investigation has yet to judge if the police used excessive force.
In the sprawling, wooded base, a 1-1/2 hour drive from central Moscow the police revelled in showing their muscle.
Unarmed police karate-kicked and punched "criminals" armed with knives, pistols and machineguns.
They broke planks of wood over each others' backs, smashed glass jars filled with water with their bare hands, fired magazines of ammunition into the air and demonstrated various ways to break an aggressor's legs, arms and neck.
Other displays showed off the latest patrol techniques in Chechnya, hostage rescue and the OMON's weapons from sniper rifles to pistols.
Later, in a newly redecorated gymnasium, Russia's Deputy Interior Minister Mikhail Sukhodolsky expounded the importance of the OMON to ensure peace and stability in Russia.
He said there are 20,000 OMON police across the country and that last year 38 died on active service.
Behind him hung the Moscow OMON division's badge -- bearing the powerful bull-like bison -- and its motto: "Special forces know no mercy and never ask for it. That is how it was, how it is and how it will be."
Who will be the next to claim they taught the OMON to resist glass on the ground?
You can lie on broken glass and not get cut as long as there is enough of it. The bodyweight is distributed amongst all the points of glass so each individual point of glass only supports a few kilograms. If you stepped on one nail it would puncture your foot, but if you stepped on a densly packed set of nails you won't.
Old carny trick, anyone can do it if they're careful.
Its just like an old saying I heard once:
Light a fire and you can keep the dogs at bay all night long.
Fear tactics, plain and simple. The OMON are employing this in hopes of detering crowds from fucking with them. While we all know that its parlor tricks the average person will say wow and emblish the feats making them into super human machines that can't be destroyed. Then an aged American boxer will come in a and defeat the elite fighter and show his humanity and the world will refute the claims of the big red machine and democracy will come to the country and oh wait that already happened. **** Stallone for stealing my idea.
Originally Posted by Urbanus1234
what the **** are you talking about, you nutter
Wow, the Russian police have just managed to reach the level of badassedness I reached when I was a 12 year old boyscout and did the glasswalking thing too. Respect!
all pisstaking aside, i reckon the russian special forces/police probably are hard as ****.
Typical Russian MO. All spectacle and no substance. Same **** as the cardboard and plywood missile parade back in the Soviet days.
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