- (1907–?)Tsinev attended the same metallurgical institute in the Ukraine as Leonid Brezhnev, who became a colleague in the Ukrainian Communist Party. During World War II, Tsinev transferred from party work to Smersh. After the war, he served in the Third (Military Counterintelligence) Chief Directorate of the KGB. He was chief of military counterintelligence in Berlin in the 1950s, rising quickly to head of the Third Chief Directorate, and then first deputy chief of the KGB. Tsinev was a crucial member of Brezhnev’s “Dneprepropetrovsk mafia,” which helped him control the service, and served as well as a key link with the military.
Historical dictionary of Russian and Soviet Intelligence. Robert W. Pringle. 2014.
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