The Evolution of Soviet State Security

• December 1917 Cheka
• February 1922 Incorporated into the NKVD as the GPU
• July 1923 OGPU
• July 1934 Incorporated into the NKVD as the GUGB (Chief Directorate of State Security)
• February 1941 GUGB elements incorporated into the NKGB
• July 1943 Smersh created from the Military Counterintelligence component of NKGB
• March 1946 NKGB becomes MGB. Smersh reincorporated into the MGB
• March 1953 Creation of enlarged MVD by Lavrenty Beria to include NKGB and NKVD
• March 1954 Creation of KGB

Historical dictionary of Russian and Soviet Intelligence. . 2014.

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