Russian Spetsnaz, Contractors and Volunteers in the Syrian Conflict

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Series Details Number 105
Publication Date December 2017
ISBN 978-2-36567-781-3
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This article focuses on a little-explored aspect of Russia’s intervention in Syria: the new and diverse expeditionary forces engaged on the Syrian frontlines alongside Russian regular armed forces.

Syria represents the first battlefield in which the Russian Federation has, in a coordinated manner and on a large military scale, deployed and activated a contingent of expeditionary forces including the new Special Operations Forces (SSO) and different categories of special forces (Spetsnaz); the newly created military police; military advisers and technicians; as well as "volunteers", "contractors" (kontraktniki) and other paramilitaries working on behalf of private military companies.

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