MOSCOW, October 18 (Itar-Tass) — The Russian Cossacks will be employed to guard military-industrial facilities, including similar facilities abroad, Presidential envoy to the Central Federal District Alexander Beglov, who heads the Presidential Council for Cossack Affairs, declared on Thursday.
He said, when Vladimir Putin was the prime minister he had signed a resolution which permits Cossacks to establish security companies. At present, a campaign to register such enterprises is going on, Beglov said.
Cossack security companies are to guard state, regional and municipal property, but not private enterprises, Beglov specified.
According to an agreement earlier reached with the Defense Ministry, the ministry is prepared to turn over a number of its facilities, currently guarded by paramilitary guard forces. Besides, another agreement was reached with Vice-premier Dmitry Rogozin who is prepared to entrust protection of military-industrial facilities, including such facilities abroad, to Cossack guards, Beglov said.
At a meeting of the Council held earlier on Thursday Rogozin explained that such cooperation would be of advantage also because it is too expensive to hire foreign security companies to guard military-industrial facilities abroad. Besides, "if Russia supplies weapons beyond the Russian territory in the framework of military-technical cooperation a question arises how to ensure technical support and repairs," Rogozin added.