In the center of the patch there is the medium emblem of the Main Directorate of the General Staff on the background of the stylized image of a red carnation flower with the petals of five teeth.
The medium emblem represents a golden double-headed eagle with outstretched wings, holding a silver sword and a silver grenade of three flames; on the eagle’s chest there is a elongated triangular red shield with the stem rising to the crown; in the shield there is a horseman spearing a dragon.
The military heraldic symbols reflect the peculiarities of the functional purpose of the Main Directorate of the General Staff of the Armed Forces.
The emblem’s elements:
The grenade of three flames – the historic emblem of the Grenadiers – is the symbol of the best-trained soldiers of the elite units of the Russian Army who are known for excellent combat skills, training and ability to perform complex combat and special tasks.
The grenade symbolizes the continuation of the glorious military traditions of the Russian Army.
The red carnation is a symbol of strength, devotion, inflexibility and determination in reaching goals – the most important characteristics of the servicemen of the General Staff and units of special purpose.
The sword is a traditional symbol of warfare, leadership and coordination of the fighting.
The black heraldic shield is a symbol of prudence and constancy. Black is the traditional color of the uniform of the General Staff officers.