Administration for Special Tasks
- Beginning in the early 1930s, the Soviet security service had two foreign intelligence divisions: a Foreign Intelligence Department, which controlled intelligence officers under legal cover, and the Administration for Special Tasks, which directed illegal operations. The Administration for Special Tasks also directed assassinations of enemies of the Soviet state, including Leon Trotsky and the leaders of émigré movements. Following the death of Joseph Stalin, the division was abolished and many of its leaders arrested, including Pavel Sudoplatov, Leonid Eitingon, and Yakov Serebryanskiy. Illegal operations were then placed under the control of Directorate S of the KGB First Chief Directorate. Support for illegal activities in KGB rezidenturas (intelligence stations) was conducted by Line N officers.
Historical dictionary of Russian and Soviet Intelligence. Robert W. Pringle. 2014.
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