It’s the weekend and time, once again, for THE FIRST STREET JOURNAL’S version of Rule 5 Blogging. Robert Stacey Stacy McCain described Rule 5 as posting photos of pretty women somewhat déshabillé, but, on this site, our Rule 5 Blogging doesn’t put up pictures of Jennifer Lawrence in her summer clothes, but women, in full military gear, serving their countries in the armed forces. The terribly sexist authors on this site celebrate strong women, women who can take care of themselves and take care of others, women who have been willing to put their lives on the line in some not-so-friendly places, women who truly do have the “We can do it!” attitude.
The Olympic Winter Games begin in Sochi, Russia, later this week, and the police are on high alert for terrorist attacks. So, this week’s Rule 5 features Russian policewomen. I would guess that it would not be a good idea to mess with them.
The patch on this policewoman’s shoulder is Россия Министерство внутренних дел, or Russia, at the top, and the initials for Ministry of Internal Affairs.
Female Warrant Officer Special Purpose Police Squad (OMON). OMON (Russian: Отряд милиции особого назначения; Otryad Militsii Osobogo Naznacheniya, Special Purpose Police Squad) (ОМОН) is a generic name for the system of special units of militsiya (police) within the Russian and earlier the Soviet MVD (Ministry of Internal Affairs). As of 2008, there is an OMON unit in every oblast of Russia, as well as in many major cities; for example, there is an OMON unit within the Moscow City police department, and a separate unit within Moscow Oblast police department. Their motto is “We know no mercy and do not ask for any.” OMON also continues to exist in Belarus and some other post-Soviet territories following the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Милиции on the back of their jackets is pronounced “Militsiya,” and is one word for police. During the Winter Olympics, you may also see Департамент полиции for Police Department, or just Полиция for Police.