"Not withstanding the objective process of optimizing the structure of Russian Military Base 201, its conversion to a brigade structure won't affect the unit's combat capacity in any way. Moreover, such structural changes will allow us to achieve greater mobility by reducing staff numbers," Lyakin-Frolov told RIA Novosti.
Until December 2015, parts of Base 201 had been located in Dushanbe, Qurghonteppa and Kulob. In early December, the 149th Russian motorized rifle regiment was relocated from Kulob to Dushanbe and to Lyaur firing range, that is 30 kilometers south of Dushanbe. It is planned that this year it will be converted from a divisional structure into a brigade.