The 33rd Brigade of the Northwest Command of the Internal Troops considers summer 1931 to be its “birthday”, when the USSR Government decided to form of several divisions that had military past a new military unit based in the city of Alma-Ata.
The service men got their baptism of fire in fights with the basmačci (robber gangs), then they helped the Chinese brothers to reflect the military aggression Japan, guarded the Soviet-Finnish border.
Since 1939 the brigade had been guarding the government of Leningrad. It was the very unit where the sniper movement appeared during the Second World War. In a single year the snipers of the unit killed nearly 4.5 thousand German soldiers and officers.
In the contemporary history of Russia the 33rd Separate Brigade participated in the liquidation of the Armenian-Karabakh conflict, protected the people of South Ossetia during the conflict with Georgia, fought in Chechnya.
Three officers of the brigade became Heroes of the Russian Federation posthumously.