Definition of Spetsnaz
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Spetsnaz , abbreviation for Войска специального назначения, tr. Voyska specialnogo naznacheniya ( or Special Purpose Military Units), is an umbrella term for special forces in Russian and is used in numerous post-Soviet states. 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.
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