In Moscow volunteers help the police with crowd control at major public events like concerts, sporting events, festivals and protests.


At the times of the Soviet Union, the druzhinniki were citizen patrols walking the streets in red armbands at the behest of the Communist Party to keep a lookout for hooligans and petty criminals. Nowadays the government is working to revive the druzhinniki to help law enforcement agencies combat a spike in crime and public disorder amid the growing unemployment and rising prices of the economic crisis. After years of forced social activism in the Soviet Union some fear a return to the days of civilian informers, but others think that while they patrol along with police, the officers will not take bribes because the druzhinnik is watching them.