Special Forces is the military elite of any country.
A striking example of this is the legendary 25th Spetsnaz Detachment “Mercury”, named after Mercury of Smolensk – a great Slavic man-at-war of the 13th century.
The Detachment was formed in the summer of 2002 on the basis of the oldest unit of the forces of law and order, the history of which began in 1922 as a separate convoy battalion.
During World War II, the battalion participated in the defense of Moscow and the subsequent counteroffensive, and in the Battle of Smolensk.
After the war, the “Mercury” Detachment had not ceased to exist.
And later, during the first Chechen campaign, it carried out combat missions as a part of the Grozny city military commandant’s offices, participated in counter-separatist operations.
There was always a cynologist with a dog ahead of the group, and it was he who became the object of the hunt for the bandits, it was a handler who took a constant fire risk for his own life and the life of his canine friend.
It is impossible to count the amount of bombs they found and lives they saved. And very few people know that the money paid for killing a handler with a dog exceeded the premium for a Spetsnaz officer!