The group was formed in 1994 on the basis of the training special cervices company (URSN) in the Volga Federal District.
In February, 1999, after taking part in the fighting in Chechnya, the Group “Oboroten” (Werewolf) was reformed as the 20th Special Forces Detachment “Vega”.
The emblem is an elongated triangular shield in the center of which there is the logo of the Group – a Werewolf – half a man, half a wolf.
The sleeve patch was released in several versions: the original – maroon, and also a blue, a black and a green, which are the colors of a beret and a vest.
The servicemen of the units of the 34th “Shumilov” Special Operations Brigade are worthy children of their fathers and grandfathers who fought in the Second World War, the keepers of Russian military traditions and a good example for future generations.
The training battalion for the officers of the Internal Troops was established on June 18, 1962.
In 1968 the battalion was transformed into the training regiment of the USSR Interior Ministry Troops, which prepared junior commanders for the protection of important public facilities, and communications specialists.
Since 1988 the servicemen of the regiment participated in the elimination of all local ethnic conflicts arising in the territory of the former USSR.
In 1996 the regiment was reorganized into a special operations brigade, performing duties in the Chechen Republic.
In August 2006 the brigade fought for two weeks being completely surrounded on the Minutka Square in Grozny.
Two officers of the brigade were awarded the title “Hero of Russia”, 65 servicemen were awarded the Order of Courage, more than 100 men – the medals “For Valour”, 42 officers – various orders.