Russian Special Forces Operator (Photo: VK/RussianSF)
A not long time ago, Chechnya was a problematic republic of the Russian Federation, but since Ramzan Kadyrov come to power, Chechnya turned to be one of the most loyal republics to Russian president Vladimir Putin. Today, an only 45-minute drive outside of Grozny, the capital of Chechnya, Russia is building a special forces university.
When completed in the near future, sprawling academia of over 420 hectares will provide modern training opportunities for elite soldiers of the Russian Federation’s Spetsnaz forces. The facility will have the capability to accommodate and train 1,500 personal at the same time; many of these operators will be from foreign nations allied with Russia.
The first look tour of the complex has been given to the Tsarizm magazine. Tsarizm was given a private, first look tour of the impressive site. The staff was most gracious and proud to show them the training grounds with a complete, day-long tour, replete with weapons firing and specialized procedures.
As can be seen from their report, the complex has also a hotel with approximately 500 beds, for garrisoning the training of foreign dignitaries and paramilitary groups. It is obvious the effort seeks to generate revenue as well as provide a secure location for classified military rehearsals.
Complete with a mock city for urban warfare operations, an airfield for aviation and parachute training, a myriad of interactive target ranges, and underwater and naval facilities, the ‘academia’ is a one-stop-shop for anyone looking to train with some of the best in the world.
The academia will host and train Spetsnaz operators from all over the Russian Federation and is a feather in Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov’s cap, tying in well with the warrior tradition of his people.
* Spetsnaz is an umbrella term for special purpose in Russian and is used in numerous post-Soviet states. Historically, the term referred to special operations units controlled by the main military intelligence service GRU. It also describes task forces of other ministries in post-Soviet countries.