The third separate brigade is the main reserve of the Interior Forces of the Republic of Belarus. The brigade consists of several special-purpose battalions and a group of fast reaction (SOBR).
In the Soviet times, the soldiers of the brigade took part in the elimination of consequences of the accident occurred at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, and also they were involved in peacekeeping operations during the armed ethnic conflicts in the Caucasus.
The symbol of the brigade is the lynx – a dweller of Belarusian forest. It is an agile, fast, careful and at the same time cunning and clever animal.
Obviously, the soldiers of Belarusian special forces pretend to own the same qualities.
In the Special Forces there is a tradition of passing the qualifying exam for the right to wear the dog tag of the detachment – the personal numbered metal plate with the symbol of the unit of special force.
After passing the exam the dog tag is awarded at the grand formation of the whole unit and automatically its owners receive the right to wear a special uniform.
Today the brigade is the only military unit in Belarus on the basis of which the soldiers pass qualification tests for the right to wear the maroon beret.
In Russia, there is also an elite unit of special police force “Rys” (lynx), which symbol is the lynx.
The training of the soldiers of special forces include wielding various types of firearms and bladed weapons, combat fighting techniques, diving, mountain and parachute training.
The soldiers are capable to pass scores of miles loaded with weapons and equipment up to 60 kg (over 120 lb), to carry out combat missions for a long time while in independent mode.
The unit consists of several subdivisions: rope access soldiers, snipers, sappers, extreme drivers, combat swimmers, negotiators, etc.
Since 2000, Special Forces soldiers periodically travel to various regions of the world in the expeditions of survival.Author of the post picture is Farhad Kireev
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Dog tag “Airborne Troops of Russia” (Skull) is made of stainless steel with enamel. It is an image of the “dead head” in a blue beret on the background of the waving banner of the Airborne Troops of Russia (VDV).
At the bottom of the tag, on a blue field, there is the emblem of the Airborne Troops of the USSR – an open parachute with a red five-pointed star on the slings and two airplanes on the sides. At the top the emblem is framed with curly ribbon with the motto: “STRENGTH, COURAGE, FORTITUDE.”
Dog tag “Anarchy” (Skull) is made of stainless steel with enamel.
It depicts an image of a black developing cloth with the Jolly Roger emblem attached to a bayonet.
The inscription on the tag calls: “Anarchy is the mother of order”.
The black banner is the traditional anarchist symbol. The uniform blackness of it is in absolute contrast to colorful flags of most nation-states.
The Jolly Roger (a black flag with skull and bones) has gained popularity among anarchists.
The dog tag is made of stainless steel with enamel.
It represents an eagle with raised wings soaring above a flame blast, and carrying a human skull in its talons. There are two sword bayonets to the left and to the right of the eagle.
At the top of the dog tag, above the eagle's head there is an open parachute with a white dome.