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Mission appreciation: Russian professional holiday celebrates elite special forces

October 24, 16:25 UTC+3

The day of Russia’s elite special forces, also known as the Spetsnaz, is marked on October 24

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Special service brigade soldiers take part in anti-terror drills in Rostov region
Special service brigade soldiers take part in anti-terror drills in Rostov region
Special service brigade soldiers take part in anti-terror drills in Rostov region
© Valery Matytsin/TASS
Russian Interior Ministry's 'Vityaz' Special Forces unit demonstrate military equipment and hardware at 2016 Interpolitex State Security Exhibition
Russian Interior Ministry's 'Vityaz' Special Forces unit demonstrate military equipment and hardware at 2016 Interpolitex State Security Exhibition
Russian Interior Ministry's 'Vityaz' Special Forces unit demonstrate military equipment and hardware at 2016 Interpolitex State Security Exhibition
© Dmitry Serebryakov/TASS
Special task force and reconnaissance units members of the Russian Federal National Guard Troops Service take a qualification test to earn their maroon beret
Special task force and reconnaissance units members of the Russian Federal National Guard Troops Service take a qualification test to earn their maroon beret
Special task force and reconnaissance units members of the Russian Federal National Guard Troops Service take a qualification test to earn their maroon beret
© Kirill Kukhmar/TASS
A member of a rapid action team takes a rifle strip and assembly exam
A member of a rapid action team takes a rifle strip and assembly exam
A member of a rapid action team takes a rifle strip and assembly exam
© Donat Sorokin/TASS
Members of a rapid action team training to release hostages and capture prison regime offenders. The unit consists of 17 female employees of the 6th Nizhny Tagil women's prison colony and is established to prevent crimes in the colony
Members of a rapid action team training to release hostages and capture prison regime offenders. The unit consists of 17 female employees of the 6th Nizhny Tagil women's prison colony and is established to prevent crimes in the colony
Members of a rapid action team training to release hostages and capture prison regime offenders. The unit consists of 17 female employees of the 6th Nizhny Tagil women's prison colony and is established to prevent crimes in the colony
© Donat Sorokin/TASS
Russian Interior Army's special task force and reconnaissance units take a qualification course to earn the maroon beret at Kadamovsky Range.
Russian Interior Army's special task force and reconnaissance units take a qualification course to earn the maroon beret at Kadamovsky Range.
Russian Interior Army's special task force and reconnaissance units take a qualification course to earn the maroon beret at Kadamovsky Range.
© Valery Matytsin/TASS
Memebers of the Russian Federal Penitentiary Service's Special Forces
Memebers of the Russian Federal Penitentiary Service's Special Forces
Memebers of the Russian Federal Penitentiary Service's Special Forces
© Dmitry Serebryakov/TASS
Servicemen of the Russian Federal Penitentiary Service's Special Forces
Servicemen of the Russian Federal Penitentiary Service's Special Forces
Servicemen of the Russian Federal Penitentiary Service's Special Forces
© Dmitry Serebryakov/TASS
Servicemen of the Russian Federal Penitentiary Service's Special Forces
Servicemen of the Russian Federal Penitentiary Service's Special Forces
Servicemen of the Russian Federal Penitentiary Service's Special Forces
© Sergei Bobylev/TASS
Members of special forces take part in a Race of Heroes obstacle course event
Members of special forces take part in a Race of Heroes obstacle course event
Members of special forces take part in a Race of Heroes obstacle course event
© Yuri Smityuk/TASS
Servicemen of the Special task forces of the Russian Interior Ministry's regional commands
Servicemen of the Special task forces of the Russian Interior Ministry's regional commands
Servicemen of the Special task forces of the Russian Interior Ministry's regional commands
© Kirill Kukhmar/TASS
Servicemen of the Special task forces of the Russian Interior Ministry's regional commands
Servicemen of the Special task forces of the Russian Interior Ministry's regional commands
Servicemen of the Special task forces of the Russian Interior Ministry's regional commands
© Yevgeny Kurskov/TASS
A special task forces member of the Russian Interior Ministry's regional command
A special task forces member of the Russian Interior Ministry's regional command
A special task forces member of the Russian Interior Ministry's regional command
© Yevgeny Kurskov/TASS
A special task forces member of the Russian Interior Ministry's regional command
A special task forces member of the Russian Interior Ministry's regional command
A special task forces member of the Russian Interior Ministry's regional command
© Yevgeny Kurskov/TASS
Special troops of Russia's Federal Drug Control Service participate in a stage of the Center 2015 Russian strategic military exercises
Special troops of Russia's Federal Drug Control Service participate in a stage of the Center 2015 Russian strategic military exercises
Special troops of Russia's Federal Drug Control Service participate in a stage of the Center 2015 Russian strategic military exercises
© Donat Sorokin/TASS
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Special service brigade soldiers take part in anti-terror drills in Rostov region
© Valery Matytsin/TASS
Russian Interior Ministry's 'Vityaz' Special Forces unit demonstrate military equipment and hardware at 2016 Interpolitex State Security Exhibition
© Dmitry Serebryakov/TASS
Special task force and reconnaissance units members of the Russian Federal National Guard Troops Service take a qualification test to earn their maroon beret
© Kirill Kukhmar/TASS
A member of a rapid action team takes a rifle strip and assembly exam
© Donat Sorokin/TASS
Members of a rapid action team training to release hostages and capture prison regime offenders. The unit consists of 17 female employees of the 6th Nizhny Tagil women's prison colony and is established to prevent crimes in the colony
© Donat Sorokin/TASS
Russian Interior Army's special task force and reconnaissance units take a qualification course to earn the maroon beret at Kadamovsky Range.
© Valery Matytsin/TASS
Memebers of the Russian Federal Penitentiary Service's Special Forces
© Dmitry Serebryakov/TASS
Servicemen of the Russian Federal Penitentiary Service's Special Forces
© Dmitry Serebryakov/TASS
Servicemen of the Russian Federal Penitentiary Service's Special Forces
© Sergei Bobylev/TASS
Members of special forces take part in a Race of Heroes obstacle course event
© Yuri Smityuk/TASS
Servicemen of the Special task forces of the Russian Interior Ministry's regional commands
© Kirill Kukhmar/TASS
Servicemen of the Special task forces of the Russian Interior Ministry's regional commands
© Yevgeny Kurskov/TASS
A special task forces member of the Russian Interior Ministry's regional command
© Yevgeny Kurskov/TASS
A special task forces member of the Russian Interior Ministry's regional command
© Yevgeny Kurskov/TASS
Special troops of Russia's Federal Drug Control Service participate in a stage of the Center 2015 Russian strategic military exercises
© Donat Sorokin/TASS

Russian Special Forces Day, a professional holiday celebrating the nation’s elite special forces, also known as the Spetsnaz, is marked on October 24. The history of the country's special forces dates back to 1919, when special units were formed in Russia. These Spetsnaz units carry out missions during both wartime and peacetime, in emergencies nationwide and beyond. Currently, the Russian special forces include paramilitary units related to the Russian Security Service (the FSB), the Interior Ministry, the Defense Ministry, the Ministry of Emergency Situations, the Justice Ministry and other federal bodies of state authority, which have their own code names, such as Alfa, Vityaz, Vympel and some other.

 

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