Rare footage of Russian SVR special forces personnel with a deadly reputation aired live on television in Russia in a huge break from protocol.

The Russian public was given an unprecedented glimpse into the country’s most elite special forces unit when a Spetsnaz training video was aired on national television. In the rare footage, wearing gas masks, the SF personnel can be seen clearing a compound training room showcasing their CQB skills.

The unit is a part of Russia’s foreign intelligence agency, the SVR. SVR troops have recently been active in places like Syria and Ukraine, although any official presence has been denied by Russian authorities and President Putin. Which is standard, not to comment on most SF units’ activities.