- The Andropov Institute, the SVR’s training facility for foreign intelligence officers, is located 15 miles east of Moscow and was named after the former head of the KGB, Yuri Andropov, following his death in 1984. The school was founded in 1938 as the Shkola osovogo naznacheniya (Special Purpose School) to train intelligence officers who were scheduled to serve overseas under official cover to make up for the intelligence professionals purged during the Yezhovshchina. It has also been known as the 101st School and the Red Banner Institute. Courses include tradecraft and foreign languages. Retired intelligence officers with a proven record of success have often been pressed into service as instructors.
Historical dictionary of Russian and Soviet Intelligence. Robert W. Pringle. 2014.
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