The professionalism of the group was admirable. But at the end of the 80s, the division began to use not as an anti-terrorism, and in Vilnius, after many years of victories and achievements, a tragedy. Killed young employee Victor Shatskikh. Two years later, another "political" loss. During the operation at the White House in October of 1993, "Alpha" lost officer Sergeev.
In 1997, a unique person who has served in Alpha since the first days of its existence, Anatoly Saveliev, passed away. He was going to celebrate 25 years of service in the group and retire. He did not have one and a half years. He himself traded for a captured employee of the Swedish Embassy. After two hours at gunpoint in the car, Anatoly Savelyev’s heart could not stand.
They and other deceased employees of Group A will forever remain in the history of the legendary anti-terrorism unit.