The commemorative pin badge made of a silvery metal with enamel represents a figured shield with silver rivet nails on the edging, imposed over two downward crossed swords. The shield is framed with a laurel wreath. In the ruby red field of the shield there is a figure of a Riot shooting in kneeling position, protruding beyond the shield as it is. In the hands of the fighter there is a silenced pistol gun. At the top of the pin badge, between the hilts of the swords there is a black plaque with the relief inscription: “SPETSNAZ”.
On the back of the pin badge there is a screw for fastening it to the uniform.
The shield and sword is a symbol of constant readiness for action to ensure the safety and armed protection of the citizens.
The crossed swords – is a traditional symbol of the armed struggle. Downward orientation of the swords’ tips symbolizes the memory of military exploits and the memory of the fallen.
The ruby red color is a symbol of strength and courage.
Black is the traditional color of the headdress the police special forces.
Laurel wreath is the symbol of fidelity to the call of duty, valor and glory.
The Special Rapid Response Unit (SOBR), currently known as OMSN is a unit of the Spetsnaz of Russian Ministry of Interior Affairs (MVD).
The Unit was formed on February 10, 1992 under the MVD’s Main Directorate for Combating Organized Crime.
The SOBR detachments were composed of senior-ranking officers of police, trained better than the fighters of OMON (Riot Police Squad), and tasked with SWAT-type special actions. The SOBR officers took part in the both of the Chechen Wars.
In 2007 , in Russia there were 87 units of OMSN, counting over 5,000 officers stationed in major Russian cities. The most famous one is the “Rys” (Lynx), established in 1992, which took part in almost all known special operations in Russia.