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- Soviet Union : A Communist state, which took over the Russian Empire, after the Russian Revolution of 1917 that existed from 1922 to 1991; the major part now extant as the Russian Federation
- Joseph Stalin : (1878 - 1953) The head of Russia's Communist ("Bolshevik") party and dictator of the Soviet Union from 1924 until his death.
- Organs of State Security : A generic term for Soviet intelligence and internal security organizations, from the Cheka to the KGB; traditionally a third of the power balance among the Communist Party of the Soviet Union and the Red Army; term continues in Russian usage with the FSB
Organization & successors
- First Chief Directorate : The main human-source intelligence and covert action organization of the Soviet Committee for State Security; many functions transferred to the SVR of the Russian Federation
- Second Chief Directorate : That part of the KGB responsible for internal counterintelligence from other nations, as opposed to suppression of dissent; very roughly comparable to the British Security Service, Israeli Shin Bet or the national security division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation
Includes the essentially same organization under many names
- Vladimir Putin : President of Russia (1999-2008 and 2012-) and former Prime Minister; leader of United Russia party; KGB officer in the Soviet era.
- Yevgeni Primakov : Add brief definition or description
- Yuri Andropov : Add brief definition or description
- Vladimir Kryuchkov : Add brief definition or description
- Vitaly Cherchenko : Add brief definition or description
- Lavrenti Beria : (1899-1953) Soviet security and intelligence official, who rose from the Cheka until becoming head of state security; managed Soviet nuclear program; attempted to assume power after the death of Joseph Stalin but was executed by a coalition of other seekers of power
Defectors and doubles
- Anatoly Golitsyn : Soviet KGB officer who defected to the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, triggering an intense internal debate, not completely settled today, if he were genuine or a KGB plant; he and Yuri Nosenko accused one another of being a double agent
- Yuri Nosenko : Soviet KGB officer who defected to the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, triggering an intense internal debate, not completely settled today, if he were genuine or a KGB plant; he and Anatoly Golitsyn accused one another of being a double agent; he was, without court authority, detained for several years by the CIA
- Petr Popov : Add brief definition or description
- Oleg Penkovsky : (1919-1963) Colonel in Soviet military intelligence (GRU), possibly the most important Cold War defector, who remained in place, providing information, until shot
- Central Intelligence Agency : The principal civilian intelligence organization of the United States, specializing in all-source intelligence analysis, clandestine human-source intelligence, and covert action.
- Federal Bureau of Investigation : The principal U.S. Federal police agency, part of the U.S. Department of Justice and the United States intelligence community, who has arrest authority, and is the primary authority for a variety of domestic crimes, civilian counterespionage within the United States, and organized crime
- Mossad : The civilian foreign intelligence and covert action agency of Israel, roughly comparable to the British Secret Intelligence Service or U.S. Central Intelligence Agency
- National Security Agency : An organization within the United States Department of Defense, with the dual roles of the principal signals intelligence agency in the United States intelligence community, but also having the responsibility for information assurance of military, diplomatic, and other critical communications.
- Secret Intelligence Service : Britain's national-level civilian organization for intelligence and covert action
- Security Service : British domestic counterintelligence service, without police powers
- Shin Beth : Israel's domestic security organization, comparable to the British Security Service