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Important Note: This product is for military collectors & historic education purposes only, and it is not intended to glorify nor exploit the horrors and atrocities of war.
Spetsgruppa "A", also known as Alpha Group (a popular English name), or Alfa, whose official name is Directorate "A" of the FSB Special Purpose Center (TsSN FSB), is an elite, stand-alone sub-unit of Russia's special forces. It is a dedicated counter-terrorism task force of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB), which primarily prevents and responds to violent acts in public transportation and buildings. It was created by the Soviet KGB in 1974. It is available for extended police duties, for paramilitary operations, and for covert operations, both domestically and internationally.
Several highly controversial actions made the force susceptible to criticism revolving around the loss of life among the hostages. One of these actions was the use of an unknown chemical agent to assist Alpha Group and the SOBR break the October 2002 Moscow hostage crisis, by knocking out the people inside the building. The FSB chemical attack resulted in the deaths of at least 129 hostages and serious damage to the health of many others, yet was hailed by the group's officers as their "... first successful operation for years".
Another controversy was the use of tank cannons, portable flamethrowers, and other weapons such as grenade launchers in Beslan, North Ossetia. On 3 September 2004, the local school was taken over by Chechen-led militants from Ingushetia, and was subsequently raided by the heavily armed FSB special forces of Alpha and Vympel. The Beslan siege turned out to be particularly bloody, costing the lives of more than 330 hostages, as well as at least seven Alpha members.
MC Toys ITEM: M-051 1/6th scale Russian Spetsnaz Officer of FSB Alfa with Assault Shield outfit / uniform set will come with Altyn helmets with bulletproof glass mask, vx600 Radio, 3 hole balaclava, Gorka E Autumn Mountain Division gowns + pants, Fluorescent Recognition arm sleeve, Short-sleeved t-shirt, Twill Molle defender-2 black bulletproof vest (with a girdle), radio pouch, Rapid Reload AK mag Pouch x4, Double AK Mag Pouch, Double Pistol mag pouch, RGO attack grenade x2, Double Grenade pouch, BACK pouch, FSB patch, flag patch, Magazine dump drop pouch, Belt, Tactical Drop Leg MOLLE Platform, RGO grenade attack x2, noks Dagger x1, noks dagger sets, Kneepad, x-boots, VANT-VM heavy shield.
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Weapons: Russian AK-104 Assault Rifle, 75-round drum Magazine x1, AK47 30-round Magazine x8, SpecterDR Weapon Sight, Quick Detachable Double rail AK Side Mount, SF-m962 tactical lights with tail line switch, US mod grip stock cushion, AK gun sling. Stechkin APS automatic pistol, Leg pistol holster, Pistol mag x3, Pistol magazine pouch
I definitely much prefer this to the MC Toys 1/6th scale Russian Spetsnaz FSB Alfa Group (2004 Beslan Version) outfit for 12-inch figure (previously posted HERE)