Paramilitary

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OMON members on Red Square in Moscow.OMON is a special unit of the Police force in Russia and Belarussia.

Paramilitary is a way to describe forces that are organised like military forces, but that do not have the same status. Examples for such forces would be police forces guarding the borders of a country. There are paramilitary groups that are run by a country, and others that are not.

The name comes from Greek para (which means beside) and Latin miles (which means soldier).