Alpha Unit

Alpha Unit

television series by Alan Nafzger

“Alpha Unit” is a serial drama which focuses on the efforts of a fictional counter terrorist unit, and their efforts to protect Russia from terrorism plots. Each episode typically follows three soldiers, two officials in the Russian government, the Russian President and the conspirators behind the events of the day.

Spetsgruppa “A”, also known as Alpha Group (a popular English name), or Alfa, whose official name is Directorate “A” of the FSB Special Purpose Center (TsSN FSB), is an elite, stand-alone sub-unit of Russia’s special forces. It is a dedicated counter-terrorism task force of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB), which primarily prevents and responds to violent acts in public transportation and buildings.

Only now do we know the exact nature of its primary directives. The unit is authorized to act under the direct control and sanction of Russia’s top political leadership.


The main setting of the show is the fictional counter terrorist Unit. Its office consists of two main departments: Field Operations, which involves confronting and apprehending suspects, and Communications, which gathers intelligence and assists those that work in Field Operations. Alpha offices are established in various cities with this “Unit” reporting to “Moscow Division”, and Division reporting to the “FSB”.


Each of the Alpha Unit soldiers father was in the Alpha Unit. The position is one of the most sought after position in the security forces, but it is also hereditary.  This special-purposed counter-terrorism unit is involved in delicate operations which necessitated its members have a unique skill set.

Sgt. Pavel Anokhin – at the peak of physical and mental condition. (Jack Bauer) He has a high proficiency with firearms. He also can handle explosives and electronic devices, and has a high resistance to torture. In 1979, his father shot a young Soviet Ukrainian, named Yuri Vlasenko, who was occupying a room in the Consular Section of the Embassy of the United States in Moscow, demanding he be granted asylum in the United States. Single, not married.

Lt. Anatoly Dmitriyev – popular amateur comedian and joker but serious when the alert is sounded. (Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde). His father helped thwart the 1983 hijacking of Aeroflot Flight 6833 in Tbilisi, Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic, when Alpha stormed the airplane, killing three and capturing three other hijackers who were attempting to escape to the west, which also resulted in the loss of five hostages. Marriage to Alina. They have a baby girl.

Col. Viktor Torshin – Champion chess competitor and master strategiest. (Garry Kasparov in a uniform). His father was involved in the events of the Soviet coup attempt in August 1991, Alpha Group’s commanding officer, Gen. Karpukhin, was commanded by KGB chairman, Vladimir Kryuchkov, to forcibly enter theWhite House, Russia’s acting parliament, after paratroopers secured the entrance, to eliminate the President of the Russian SFSR, Boris Yeltsin, and various other anti-coup leaders assembled there. Torshin refused to enter into the murder and argued that such a massive undertaking should be cancelled. Married to Galina. They have three boys who are grown.


Makar Pereverzev – Deputy director of the FSB

Konstantin Skorobogatov – Director of the FSB


Alexander Grishin – Hard nosed politician. Popular and ALWAYS acts in Russia’s best national interest. He was a soldier in Afghanistan as a young man.


Like, “24” (the American television series), the show should give the impression of depicting events as they happen, in real time. To emphasize the real-world flow of events, a clock should be prominently displayed on-screen during the show, and there should be a regular use of split screens, a technique used to depict multiple scenes occurring at the same time.


The show is mostly based in Moscow and nearby locations — a mix of real and fictional places. Other locations have also can featured, such as St. Petersburg and other locations at the President of Russia travels and directs.


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