Russian President Vladimir Putin has announced the creation of a new national guard, which he said would fight terrorism and organised crime.
The force will be formed by Interior Ministry troops and led by Mr Putin's former bodyguard, Viktor Zolotov, who will report directly to the president.
Dmitry Peskov denied its creation was linked to September's election. Some critics say Mr. Putin fears unrest.
He also announced that Russia's Drug Control Agency and Federal Migration Service would become part of the interior ministry's remit.