The sleeve patch of the maroon color – the color of the Special Forces, – in the center of which there is the symbol of all special units of the Internal Troops since the Soviet times – the fist over of the machine gun – showing speed, strength and confidence. In the background, one after another, there are the State Symbols of Russia – the double-headed eagle on a background of the tri-color flag.
The double-headed eagle on both sides is decorated with the Guards ribbon. The colors of the ribbon – black and yellow – mean “smoke and flames” and are a sign of personal prowess on the battlefield.
In the foreground there is the symbol of the detachment – the creeping mongoose.
Along the perimeter of the sleeve patch there is the inscription: “Special Operations Group.” On the goldish curly ribbon there is the name of the Group – “MANGOOSE.”
The 101st Special Operations Brigade of the Internal Troops of the Russian Ministry for Internal Affairs (MVD) is a division, formed in January 1995 to maintain order in the Chechen Republic.
Since 1997, it was stationed in the Stavropol Region.
The brigade participated in the fighting in March and August 1996 in Grozny. In August, when the rebels attacked the capital of Chechnya, the Brigade suffered huge losses, but none of the controlled objects had been yield or left by the fighters. After signing the peace agreement, the Brigade remained in Chechnya until December 1996 and was the latest derived from the Chechen Republic.
The Brigade took part in the storming of Grozny and the fighting in Dagestan during the 2nd Chechen Campaign.
The Brigade’s servicemen performed more than 3,000 special operations, seized hundreds of weapons caches, took more than 300 firearms, 537 grenade launchers, 2,166 grenades, 1767 mortar shells, more than 53 million cartridges of various calibers out of the criminal use.
488 soldiers of the Brigade were awarded state awards for courage and heroism performed in the line of combat missions.