Spetsnaz is an umbrella term for any special forces in Russian, literally "special purpose forces". The term can specifically refer to any elite or special purpose units under subordination of the Federal Security Service (FSB) or Internal Troops of Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs, and the units controlled by the military intelligence service GRU.
Currently, the term is also used for describing any special purpose units or task forces of other ministries (even the Emergency Situations Ministry special rescue unit).
Foreign special forces are also commonly referred to as Spetsnaz on Russian television, for example "American Spetsnaz."
Spetsnaz specialists have trained the Republican Guard of Syria, Angola, Cuba, Vietnam, Ethiopia and they have been involved in training other special forces units across the world. - Wikipedia
Excerpt from "The Inside Story Of The Soviet Special Forces" by By Viktor Suvorov
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