In the Soviet Union, all fighters of the Internal Troops wore a standard sleeve patch, but since the 1960s there was already the unofficial symbol of the troops – the snarling face of a black panther.
The objectives of the Division are to protect the public order in Moscow and the Moscow Region, to fight against terrorism and extremism, in wartime – to protect important public objects.
Up to the February 1994 the Division was called the Dzerzhinsky Separate Motorized Rifle Division of Special Purpose.
Despite the fact that after the reorganization the reference of F.E. Dzerzhinsky’s name disappeared from the official name of the Division, among the people, especially the civilians of the older generation, it is still called the Dzerzhinsky Division, or simply “Dzerzhinka.”
The Division is fully motorized and mobile. It is in constant combat readiness. Within a short time its units can be transferred by air to anywhere in Russia to perform unexpected tasks.
The units of the Division took part in special operations in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Nagorno-Karabakh, Central Asia, North Ossetia, Chechnya and Dagestan.
They took part in the hostage release operation in Moscow’s Dubrovka Theater Centre.