Police and prisons beauty pageants in Russia
The Enforcement and penal system finally have become a part of everyday life in Russia. They are now cultivating image of “warm and cozy” family home. For example, throughout the regions the Interior Ministry and the Federal Penitentiary hold beauty contests, which represented police women and criminal-minded women as the example of eternal femininity.
Even 10 years ago the guardians and executioners were considered a special class, and opposed themselves to the rest of the Russians. Today, it seems, that status belongs only to the “Order of the Sword” – the FSB, as well as the new super organization – Investigative Committee, and all other security services the government is trying to present as flesh and blood of all people. One of the ways to “humanize” the guardians and executioners – the ubiquitous beauty contest among the servants of these departments.