Pamyati is the SVR's front for operations in South Zagoria. Fully embodying Russian hybrid warfare doctrine and traditional maskirovka, the group operates independently of any formal government support, while working towards the interests of the Russian Federation. This gives Moscow plausible deniability for all its operations within South Zagoria, whilst simultaneously undermining CDF control of the region and promoting the chaos and anarchy eventually needed for a full Russian takeover of the province. Pamyati's leadership is largely made up of SVR/FSB/GRU agents, while the common rank and file are recruited from local manpower, either in the form of eager volunteers or paid mercenaries.
Pamyati takes its name from the Russian "Remembrance" or память, which the group prides itself on. The word symbolizes the abuse of ethnic Russians by NAPA insurgents, and, to a smaller extent, the Chernarussian Defense Forces before, during, and after the Civil War of 2009. Pamyati's policy is one of revanchism for the Russian people, separatism of South Zagoriam, and repression against those loyal or sympathetic to the CDF, the Chernarussian Government, or the Kozlov regime. It states its goals as an independent South Zagorian state. In reality, it can be described as a tyranny by the minority.
Though Pamyati is directly controlled by Moscow, the field agents running the group are given a large amount of leeway in conducting the group's affairs to promote the idea of an independent militia rather than a Russian proxy army. Thusly, Pamyati conducts diplomacy, promotes the creation of Russian settlements, and distributes its own propaganda. However, the Russian surplus military uniforms, unmarked Kalashnikov rifles, and ski-mask clad men promote an image of their own, and leave the imagination of their victims and benefactors to run wild.
“There has not been any place on the planet where a KGB officer has not been.” - Former Director of the SVR, Sergei Lebedev
From the beginning, foreign intelligence played an important role in Soviet foreign policy. In the Soviet Union, foreign intelligence was formally formed in 1920 as a foreign department of Cheka (Inostrannyj Otdiel—INO), during the Russian Civil War of 1918–1920. On December 19, 1918, the Russian Communist Party (Bolshevik) Central Committee Bureau decided to combine Cheka front formations and the Military Control Units, which were controlled by the Military Revolutionary Committee, and responsible for counter-intelligence activities, into one organ that was named Cheka Special Section (department). The Special Section's task was to run human intelligence: to gather political and military intelligence behind enemy lines, and expose and neutralize counter-revolutionary elements in the Red Army.
In 1922, after the creation of the State Political Directorate (GPU) and connecting it with People's Commisariat for Internal Affairs (NKVD) of the Russian SFSR, foreign intelligence was conducted by the GPU Foreign Department, and between December 1923 and July 1934 by the Foreign Department of Joint State Political Directorateor OGPU. In July 1934, OGPU was reincorporated into NKVD of the Soviet Union, and renamed the Main Directorate of State Security (GUGB). Until October 9, 1936, INO was operated inside the GUGB organization as one of its departments.
By 1941, foreign intelligence was given the highest status and from department it was enlarged to directorate. The name too was changed from INO (Innostranny Otdiel), to INU—Inostrannoye Upravleniye, Foreign Directorate. During the following years, Soviet security and intelligence organs went through frequent organizational changes.
It then returned to its former state. Already in April 1943, NKGB dealt with foreign intelligence as a 1st Directorate of NKGB. That state remained until 1946, when all People's Commissariats were renamed Ministries; NKVD was renamed Ministry of Internal Affairs (MVD), and the NKGB was renamed into Ministry of State Security (MGB). From 1946 to 1947, the 1st Directorate of the MGB was conducting foreign intelligence. In 1947, the GRU (military intelligence) and MGB's 1st Directorate was moved to the recently created foreign intelligence agency called the Committee of Information (KI). In the summer of 1948, the military personnel in KI were returned to the Soviet military to reconstitute a foreign military intelligence arm of the GRU. KI sections dealing with the new East Bloc and Soviet émigrés were returned to the MGB in late 1948. In 1951, the KI returned to the MGB, as a First Chief Directorate of the Ministry of State Security.
After the death of longtime Soviet leader Joseph Stalin in March 1953, Lavrenty Beria took over control of the security and intelligence organs, disbanded the MGB and its existing tasks were given to the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MVD) which he was in control of. In the MVD, the foreign intelligence was conducted by the Second Chief Directorate and following the creation of KGB foreign intelligence was conduct by the First Chief Directorate of the Committee for State Security or KGB, subordinate to council of ministers of USSR.
In 1996, the SVR RF issued a CD-ROM entitled Russian Foreign Intelligence: VChK–KGB–SVR, which claims to provide "a professional view on the history and development of one of the most powerful secret services in the world" where all services are presented as one evolving organization.
The Crimean operation, although most probably conducted according to existing contingency plans, was sudden and executed mostly without direct fighting. This means there was no direct action, and littletime or need for military assistance from the Russian SOF. The operation was largely covert action, most likely based on intelligence gathered previously by units connected to the Russian Black Sea fleet and possibly local agents recruited by the FSB, SVR and GRU. Pre-deployment special reconnaissance by SVR may have taken place, but so far it has been difficult to find evidence of it in open sources. The Ukrainian military observer Dmytro Tymchuk claims both FSB and GRU became very active in Ukraine after Viktor Yanukovych became president in 2010. The latter made the Ukrainian security service, SBU, change its focus from counterespionage against Russia to counterespionage against the United States. It would probably also be wrong to claim any significant military assistance role for the Russian SOF in Crimea, since the so-called “Crimea self-defense units” seem largely to have been décor, providing the Russian forces with a local image. The self-defense units did not play a very significant military role.
Since the operation in terms of special operations forces was largely a covert action, it was only to be expected that the SVR would play the crucial role. According to Russian military observers Anton Lavrov and Alexey Nikolsky, the take-over of Crimea was the first operation of a significant scale undertaken by the SVR. In particular, SVR was behind the seizing of the local parliament on September 27. This act made it possible to elect the Russian “marionette” Sergei Aksenov as new Crimean prime minister. Furthermore, SVR also led the takeover of the Ukrainian military’s headquarters and a number of other hard-target military compounds. These were, however, operations that demanded more troops than SVR could provide. The organization was therefore aided by units from Spetsnaz-GRU and naval infantry. The SVR, however, was always in the lead. The Crimean operation used speed and surprise to establish fait accompli on the ground, thus making a military response from the Ukrainian side difficult. True, the Russian victory was secured by the transfer of additional troops to the peninsula, but the initial action by SVR and other special and elite forces elements was the decisive element. From the take-over of the Crimean parliament to the signing of the treaty making Crimea a part of Russia it took only 19 days. Seven days later all Ukrainian military units had laid down their arms. Such a time schedule makes the Crimean operation very different from the follow-on operation in Donbass and Luhansk.
While Crimea for Russian SOF was mostly about covert action, their involvement in the Donbass war also saw them engaged in the full spectrum of regular SOF tasks from July-August 2014 onwards. The Ukrainian military observer Konstantin Mashovets claims Spetsnaz GRU at any time have had from three to four combined units/battalions in Donbass. These units have contained roughly 250 to 300 fighters each, and have been provided to the theater of operations on a rotational basis among the seven Russian Spetsnaz GRU brigades. They have operated in groups of 10-12 individuals, and worked closely with GRU SIGINTunits.
In terms of Russian SOF relations with the local rebels, the former trained and provided intelligence for the latter. At the same time, there has been a reluctance to operate together, especially in the cases where Russian not-in-service volunteers have been able to do the same job.Mashovets further claims each Spetsnaz-GRU group has been set up with “curators” from Agentura-GRU. Thus, the Russian tactic seems to have been to keep political and military assignments somewhat separate. Spetsnaz-GRU do special reconaissance and military assistance, whereas the political work is taken care of by embedded “curators” from Agentura-GRU.
In terms of direct action, Russian SOF in general have tried to avoid direct combat in Donbass. This, however, has not always been possible. For example, one of the GRU officers identified in Donbass is an individual known as Krivko. He was wounded in battle at Sanzjarovka at the end of January 2015. Simultaneously, in May 2015, two soldiers from the 16th Brigade in Tambov were wounded in battle by Stsjastye near Luhansk.27 These examples suggest Spetsnaz-GRU has been only partially successful in avoiding participation in regular battle. Another area of direct action has been sabotage in Ukrainian rear areas. One example, of a sabotage mission gone wrong, was the killing of an alleged Russian GRU-agent in Kharkov in September 2014. He was suspected of blowing up train wagons with air fuel at Osnova railway station, probably in order to create problems for Ukrainian military aviation.
Credit to @Kain for this portion of the lore, with edits by myself
The start of the Apocalypse in Russia is that of a chaotic one. During the July crisis of South Zagoria, they had attempted to work alongside with NATO and CDF forces to contain the infection within South Zagoria, as time went on, their grip lessened until the infection had started to spread to neighboring countries and outbreaks had started to occur in Russia. By the 25th of July, Russian Aerospace Defense strictly held the air surrounding South Zagoria and their own country and were killing anything that was deemed infected by the skies. Tensions grew in the Black Sea as a NATO Fleet had been virtually decimated by a nuclear device which Russia claimed no involvement in. The surviving world now worrying about now only the infection, but war. Quickly after, President Donald J. Trump ordered the NATO forces to attack all Russian military targets as it was believed that they had fired the nuclear weapon. War erupted in the Baltics as the French, British and Germans fight off the Russian’s air force. This level of chaos to protect the eastern European countries left Russia to be completely opened to new major outbreaks of the infection. The Russian Ground Forces would annex Belozersk, Chernarus to claim a nuclear power plant, meanwhile the world develops further into chaos.
As the month passes, more of Russia would fall to the apocalypse, most notably in major cities. The advances of the NATO forces continued to trouble the Russian Federation. However, the attacks lightened up as the NATO forces needed to reaffirm attention to their own home countries. Russia would send more troops to neighboring countries during the month of August to attempt to stabilize what they can. They would commonly do bombing runs on the Russian borders to keep the growing number of infected outside of their country, but hope was beginning to look grim. Continuous protection of the border was failing by the day, but the Russian Armed Forces was not giving up their grip. The VDV inside of Chernarus were pulled back as the situation worsened.
By November, the attempts to retain the infection was growing. Thousands of Russian citizens were being killed, main detained and others were being sent to camps. The paranoia grew in the major cities of Russia, as many rural towns were starting to either migrate or be killed by the growing infections power. At this point, Russia has began to retreat significantly from Chernarus due to the major outbreaks in the city of Sochi, the last remaining at the border mainly consisted of FSB and border police.
By February, Russia was moving into a state of control and panic. Clearance was given to shoot or detain anyone at the borders of Russia. As worries grew, a strong unit of FSB CBRN was sent out to the Chernarus-Russian border to fortify it even further. Meanwhile, in the motherland, the Defense Ministry had ordered military control of small villages to be protected and used as quarantines. The fight against the infected grew as the MVD was in complete activation across Russia, but as time went on local factions grew and the influence of the Russian Federation was growing much shorter.
As the apocalypse wore on, Russia began to enforce more security measures, checkpoints, quarantines. Movement was heavily restricted, information censored and the masses controlled. Major cities in the north of Russia still held significant strength, Moscow being the power of politics and St. Petersburg being the power of military. Slowly, citizens were being forced into new locations and a new saying had appeared, “Order by any means.”
By March, a serious mutiny had occurred within Moscow. As the city walls closed to surround the Kremlin and some out, the Metro was being used as the primary source of living for the Moscow citizens. Rigorous checkpoints were formed inside of the Metro and most citizens would not be allowed to do much but gather their rations. Many starved and crime was rising. A man by the name of Kazimir Pytorvich Yazov had influenced many of the military personnel within the Moscow city walls as he’d plan to reform the government from the police state it was heading towards. An attack on the Kremlin occured on the 4th of March, leaving Moscow in complete chaos. The attack had failed and many of the forces that were loyal left and marched far south towards Sochi. The Russian Federation were able to barricade off Sochi and create yet another military state and Kazimir used it to recruit. In the shadows of Sochi, a revolution was being built. Calling themselves the Free Russian Movement, they recruited many members to their forces as Kazimir sneaked his way into Chernarus to communicate to the anti-government military known as the Belozersk People’s Republic. The two successfully allied, creating a troublesome alliance against the Russian Federation.
The Russian Federation was quick to retaliate with aggression that would frighten anyone. The 58th Army pushed into Sochi and annihalated the South Russian Government, while simeltaniously concluding a cease-fire agreement with the BPR and recognizing it as a legitimate state, much to the dismay of the Republic of Chernarus. Now, Russia turns its attention further south, into the CDF's exposed eastern flank in South Zagoria...
Due to the failures of previous SVR units, and the delays in the invasion along with the cover of Russian units being blown to some degree. New units deployed in the Summer of 2019 will take a more aggressive stance, focusing more on the location of hostile elements and interrogation of HVTs before being embroiled in large scale conflicts.
Section 1 Infiltration
Successfully infiltrate South Zagoria and make contact with local SVR cells. Day 720 (Complete)
Stash a stockpile of firearms/rations/ammunition/supplies for the battles to come. Day 730 (Complete)
Gather preliminary intelligence on local groups and persons of interest. Day 720 (Complete)
Locate, and eliminating any defectors (i.e. Former Russian Military Personnel that have defected, downed RU Pilots, or other servicemen) Day Ongoing (In Progress)
Section 2 Disinformation
Begin spreading rumors of US Military intervention in South Zagoria. Day 760 (In Progress)
Recruit at least a dozen local Russians and foreign mercenaries to serve in the Brigade. Day 760 (Complete)
Locate former Allies, and with there support, destroy old enemies (District, The Time, Green Dragon Holdouts.) . Day 760 (In Progress)
Rally citizens to the cause by pushing an agenda of Peace and Prosperity for all who assist the cause. Day 760 (In Progress)
Spread general disinformation to mask the possibilities of a Russian invasion. Day --- (In Progress)
Section 3 Direct Action
Declare South Zagorian independence, and assist the subsequent Russian takeover of the new republic. Day 830 (In Progress)
Locate former Saviors for the attempted assassination of Yuri Makalovich, Gleb Federov and Pavel Ivanov. Day 790 (In Progress)
Elimination of any CDF, UN or Former/Active US Military Personnel in South Zagoria. Day 830 (In Progress)
Location of Chedaki cells and the capture of high ranking Chedaki officials, in return for the bombing of Red Square. Day 830 (In Progress)
Attempt to capture Mikhail Brata in response to Kamenici's murder of active Russian Servicemen in the past year. Day 840 (In Progress)
Capture and interrogation of Active US Military personnel to gather information of troop movements throughout the Middle East and the Balkans. Day 850 (In Progress)
Elimination of HVTs including but not limited to all High Ranking Potius Craz personnel operating on Russian Soil illegally, Mikhail Brata, Dean Lockwood. Day 850 (In Progress)
Find a solution to the Islamic Question. Day 850 (In Progress)
Section 4 Annexation
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1. Provide a refreshing taste of Military styled RP in the form of a State Acting, Direct Action Force.
2. Bring back the Guerrilla Warfare Vibes.
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@-CML-NorWayy - Pavel Ivanov
@G19RP- Adrik Zaitsev
Honorary 3rd in Command (Secretary) : @ThanosRP - Borya Bodrov
@ZorullRP - Viktor Sereda
@Real VegasRP - Grigori Belyaev
@WongRP - Aleksander Reznov
@RebelRP - Artyom Alekseyevich
@Oiram - Ilya Orlov
@Hex - Sevchenko Seba
@ThanosRP - Borya Bodrov
@Mak - Sergej Makarov
@JackZRP - Khabib Magomedsharipov
@NozzyRP -Vladimir Petrov
@ThrashRP - Iakov Zavrazin
@SeversonRP - Alexei Ivanov
@JamesRP - Antoly Petrov
@SleepyRP - TBA
@Kricket - Vaughn Rastyev
@DallasRP - Kosmos Kozlov
@LumenRP - Maksim Kuznetsov
@Eagle - Vadim Popov
@HoboRP - Petri Kozlov
@NikoteenRP - Niko Sokolov
@JimRP - Bolat Aslakhanov
@RedRP - Alexei Belinsky
June 26th 2019
For combat actions involved with a skirmish with Chernarussian Troops, and their foreign allies in the province of South Zagoria, Chernarus.
Adrik Zaitsev will be awarded the Cross of St. George 3rd Class. For gallantry, bravery, and distinction in combat while leading a fire-team in extremely perilous circumstances.
During the firefight, in which a friendly Islamic Militia unit was ambushed with SVR advisers embedded within the unit, Adrik led a group of 5 men and personally led the charge to relieve friendly troops.
Adrik made contact with friendly forces located in the valley and proceeded to engage the enemy and eliminate 4 hostiles before being injured in the initial skirmish, the moving to further assist friendly units being engaged near VMC where he re-engaged the enemy and allowed his men to pursue smaller formations and continue the fight after being severely injured.
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