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In Russia or (formerly) the Soviet Union: an elite subdivision of the state militia formed in 1987 to deal with organized crime and keep public order at mass meetings, and used (especially in the early 1990s) to counteract anti-government and regional separatist movements.
1980s. From Russian OMON, acronym from the initial letters of Otrjad(y) Milicii Osobogo Naznačenija Special Purpose Militia Detachment(s).
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