Home ministry colonel, who was in charge of establishing order among the fans:
““The Moscow Central Department of Home Affairs is guilty of the events that happened in Moscow this Sunday. In civilized countries, police and even army units (Israel) are ready to handle the situation 24 hours before something as large as a World Cup game occurs. There are special police units in the USA for such situations, guys who were in the army, and their goal is to put an end to such situations; they can even use gas weapons, rubber batons, and rubber bullets.
The chief of such units is entitled to contact a city mayor or sheriff in the event that such a situation happens. It has been suggested to set up such groups in Russia as well, against the background of the pogroms that took place in Moscow in autumn and winter, but I still ask this question to myself: why weren’t they established? This is really surprising taking into consideration the fact that both journalists and the military know very well that soccer and hockey fans can go really wild even when only Russian teams play. There have been lots of fights between the fans of such teams like CSKA, Spartak, and Dynamo, and the consequences have been rather lamentable.”
Ilya Tarasov PRAVDA.Ru Translated by Dmitry Sudakov
Nearly every day there is some retired American military General on the news doing an interview about the Ukrainians “taking back” Crimea or “pushing out” the Russians or claiming 1991 borders “must be respected” for the dispute to end