On July 29, 1974, on the orders of the Chair of USSR Committee for State Security (KGB) Yury Andropov, and with the approval of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, the elite special group “A”, later known as “Alpha” group, was created as a part of the Service for the Protection of Diplomatic Missions of the 7-th Directorate of USSR KGB.
The main task of the special unit was fighting terrorism and other extremely dangerous manifestations of extremism: hostage situations, capturing of means of transport, restricted access facilities and diplomatic missions both on USSR and foreign territory. Hero of the Soviet Union, major Vitaly Bubenin was appointed the commander of the group.
This unit earned a good reputation in Ukraine. Up to December 2013 group “A” had a large series of successful operation on withdrawal of firearms, explosives and narcotics. A total of 12 thousand operations took place.
“Life — to Motherland. Honor — to no one”: for many years this is the never changing motto of “Alpha” members.
Congratulations to everyone involved with this day!