Given all the attention Ukraine’s “police” force – the Soviet-era “militsiya” – is getting these days for their role in things like raping women, raiding property, torturing, beating the crap out of and killing people, a few numbers from Dzerkalo Tyzhnia’s Serhiy Rakhmanin in his July 19 article “Viyna Svitiv” (War of the Worlds):
Ukraine’s militsiya counts 324,000 people: 183,000 in uniform, 171,000 with “atestats” (professional certificates), 12,000 cadets and 33,000 internal troops.
A Colonel earns 6,000 to 10,000 hryvnia – a thousand bucks a month is he’s lucky. A Sergeant earns four times less: from 1,500 to 2,500 hryvnia “and goes off to earn independently,” comments Rakhmanin.
Over 300,000 internal police… and the Ukrainian people have started to push back against the militia state. See this July 20 report from Press TV: http://www.presstv.com/detail/2013/07/19/314487/ukraine-antipolice-protests-come-to-capital/