Source: IHS Jane’s 360
- As part of its non-linear approach to modern warfare, Russia has integrated private military companies (PMCs) into its warfighting strategy in largely conventional and support roles.
- Russian PMCs have a close operational relationship with Russian special forces and intelligence structures, but do not appear to be directly tasked with the collection of technical intelligence.
- The use of private forces is likely to remain a feature of Russian non-linear warfare in the future, as Moscow can claim that such fighters have a financial or individual ideological motivation for fighting.
On 17 January 2018, RT’s Russian-language website reported that the Russian First Deputy Chairman of the State Construction and Legislation Committee, Mikhail Yemelyanov, was planning to introduce a draft bill into the State Duma legalising private military companies (PMCs).