Russian Foreign Intelligence Organizations

• 20 December 1920 Foreign Intelligence Section, Cheka
• 6 February 1922 Foreign Intelligence Section, GPU
• 2 November 1923 Foreign Intelligence Section, OGPU
• 10 July 1934 Seventh Section of the State Directorate of State Security of NKVD
• July 1939 In connection with a reorganization of the NKVD, reformed as the Fifth Section
• February 1941 Reformed as the First Directorate of NKGB as part of the division of NKVD into NKVD and NKGB
• March 1946 Reformed into the MGB as First Directorate
• 1947 First Directorate of MGB and GRU combined into the Komitet Informatsii
• January 1952 Foreign Intelligence placed into the MGB as First Chief Directorate
• March 1953 First Chief Directorate transferred to the newly minted KGB
• November 1991 Following August putsch, KGB is disbanded and the First Chief Directorate becomes the Central Intelligence Service (TsSR) of Russia
• 18 December 1991 Foreign Intelligence Service of the Russian Federation (SVR) is formed

Historical dictionary of Russian and Soviet Intelligence. . 2014.

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