Definition of Spetsnaz
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Spetsnaz (, (спецназ, ) tr: Voyska spetsialnogo naznacheniya; ) is an umbrella term for special forces in Russian; its literal meaning is "special purpose forces". Historically, the term referred to special military units controlled by the military intelligence service GRU (Spetsnaz GRU). It also describes special purpose units, or task forces, of other ministries (such as the Ministry of Emergency Situations' special rescue unit) in post-Soviet countries. This article specifically examines Soviet and Russian special forces after World War II.
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