"33rd Brigade in the Rostov region is represented in the form of Integrated Unit (presumably company tactical group (CTG) consisting of infantry and reconnaissance (on MT-LB), artillery (SP Gun Gvozdika and MLRS Grad) and air defense (ZU 23-2 based on Kamaz and Strela-10). The personnel of the unit includes contractors and conscripts, with periodic rotation. As of November, the CTG of 33rd brigade has been hiding in the forest near the village of Skelyansky in the Rostov region, 15-18 km from the border with Ukraine," the blogger write.
"It should be noted that in September this year, the media featured several names of soldiers of the 33rd Brigade killed in Ukraine, including officer from Tatarstan Zakhar Timin.
"Reference: 33th Separate Motorized Rifle Brigade / mountain / installation # 22179, as well as its clone 34th brigade (installation #01485 Karachay-Cherkessia, Storozhevaya-2 billage) is the brainchild of Putin, the formation of which he oversaw personally. The formation began in 2005, under the pretext of anti-terrorist activities in the North Caucasus," Komakhidze notes.
The structure includes two mechanized infantry battalions, a battalion of special purpose, howitzer and rocket battalions, air defense missile battalion, and other supply units with about 2,200 personnel.
Initially, the brigade was stationed in the village of Botlikh in Dagestan, where the new infrastructure was built for it. In 2011, the brigade was relocated from Dagestan to the city of Maikop in Adygea at the location of the former 131st Motorized Rifle Brigade (131st was transferred to the occupied region of Abkhazia in Georgia and reformed in the 7th occupation military base stationed in Gudauta in 2008). On the former site of the brigade's deployment in Dagestan. Botlikh 1327th Center for operational use intelligence and special units was formed. Special programs are used for Special Forces combat training of the Ground Forces, Airborne, and GRU.
"To date, the 33rd Brigade has a formal "mountain" in its name. The former idea for its staffing with contract soldiers only and making a full-fledged mountain commando unit failed, and it is hardly staffed with conscripts. The only combat-ready unit of the brigade is a reconnaissance battalion with experienced contact soldiers who served in the Caucasus. The division of the 33rd brigade took part in the Russian-Georgian war in August 2008," the blogger adds.