I know some Russophiles out there will get their budyonovkas in a twist over this one. You know who I’m talking about, those westerners who insist insist that their AK’s are “da bomb”, Russian Vodka is the nectar of the Gods, Systema is the ultimate martial art and the Spetsnaz are the best SF in the known universe (even the Deadliest Warrior show on SPIKE said so, so they MUST be right 😛 ) , but you don’t want to get rescued by them if someone takes over your bus.
And before someone starts to explain to me that “Spetsnaz” is an umbrella term for various Russian SF from Alfa to regional groups…I know. But my opinion still stands. They may be in better shape (militarily poorer nations tend to focus more on PT cause its low tech/low cost), perhaps mentally tougher and with fewer constraints than western SF; but when it comes to gear and operational art I’ll side with western SF organizations.