- (KI)The Committee of Information was created by Joseph Stalin in July 1947 to combine the foreign intelligence components of the MGB and GRU into one centralized foreign intelligence service. The KI was apparently created to mirror the new American Central Intelligence Agency. The KI was initially placed under the management of Minister of Foreign Affairs Vyacheslav Molotov. Soviet ambassadors were asked to serve as intelligence rezidents, a job few of them coveted. Diplomats and intelligence professionals alike hated the KI for confusing the roles of their components. The KI was not a success and was disbanded in 1951.
Historical dictionary of Russian and Soviet Intelligence. Robert W. Pringle. 2014.
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