Russia’s first motorized rifle brigade specially trained for operations in the Arctic will be established in 2015. Arctic brigades will be crated both in Murmansk and Arkhangelsk.

It was originally planned that the 200. motorized infantry brigade in Pechenga, some 10 kilometers from the Russian-Norwegian border, would be reorganized as an Arctic brigade already by the end of 2011. Commander of the Russian Ground Forces Col.Gen. Alexander Postnikov now says that the first brigade will be established in 2015, when Russia receives new vehicles designed for operations in the Arctic.

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