When was Spetsnaz established and what does it mean exactly?
– In direct translation it refers to an anti-terrorist unit operating in a military form and is available for special deployment. The original principal of a special military unit for secret military operations was defined in the middle of the 19th Century and the unit was actually established then. Cossack special units were used almost 150 years ago, for example, in the Russian-Turkish war. Even then they were to use various conspiratorial methods to pass behind the opposition lines and take hostages or assassinate military or political leaders. The principles of the current formation of Spetsnaz were defined at the end of the 1950s and the organisation has developed into one of the world’s best trained elite units.