The Battalion is a part of the 61st Marine Infantry Brigade, bearing the Combat Name “Kirkenes”, of the Northern Fleet.
The 876th Separate Air Assault Battalion was formed on November 11, 1979.
On January 1, 1985 the Battalion was declared a military unit of constant combat readiness.
On January 7, 1995 it was directed the North Caucasus to restore constitutional order in the Chechen Republic.
In the second Chechen War the fighters of the Battalion performed feats of courage and heroism, proving that they were worthy of the loud glory of their forefathers, who smashed German mountain rangers of the selected division “Edelweiss” during the Second World War. The horror induced by the marines was so huge that German soldiers called them “Black Death”.
On the eve of the New 2000 Year, on the nameless height marked 1406, the 2nd platoon of the 2nd Airborne Assault Company of the 876th Battalion took an unequal battle against several times overwhelming them gangs of terrorist bandit underground. The marines, led by the platoon commander lieutenant Yuri Kuryagin and captain Alexei Milashevich, took the unequal battle. In the first minutes of the battle all the officers were killed, and the command was assumed by sergeant Vladimir Tatashvili. Even the dead soldiers terrified the enemy. Unfortunately, the marines had no chance to see the dawn of the new day. As a result of the ill- night battle 12 “black berets” died the death of a hero, taking more than 40 militants with them, but stopped the bandits.
For courage and heroism performed, the marines were posthumously awarded orders, and the platoon commander Lieutenant Kuryagin and sergeant Tatashvili were awarded the highest award – the title of the Hero of Russia, also posthumously.
The Battalion returned to its native village “Sputnik” on June 20, 2000.
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Dog tag “Airborne Troops of Russia” (Skull) is made of stainless steel with enamel. It is an image of the “dead head” in a blue beret on the background of the waving banner of the Airborne Troops of Russia (VDV).
At the bottom of the tag, on a blue field, there is the emblem of the Airborne Troops of the USSR – an open parachute with a red five-pointed star on the slings and two airplanes on the sides. At the top the emblem is framed with curly ribbon with the motto: “STRENGTH, COURAGE, FORTITUDE.”
Dog tag “Anarchy” (Skull) is made of stainless steel with enamel.
It depicts an image of a black developing cloth with the Jolly Roger emblem attached to a bayonet.
The inscription on the tag calls: “Anarchy is the mother of order”.
The black banner is the traditional anarchist symbol. The uniform blackness of it is in absolute contrast to colorful flags of most nation-states.
The Jolly Roger (a black flag with skull and bones) has gained popularity among anarchists.
The dog tag is made of stainless steel with enamel.
It represents an eagle with raised wings soaring above a flame blast, and carrying a human skull in its talons. There are two sword bayonets to the left and to the right of the eagle.
At the top of the dog tag, above the eagle's head there is an open parachute with a white dome.