The article published yesterday in Vzglyad ru on theatre nuclear weapons systems - 'Kak predatel'stvo Gorbacheva porodilo unikal'nyi raketnyi kompleks' - reminds us once again that Russia pays excessive attention to matters military. It always has. The Soviet Union could never afford to outspend the United States in an arms race, as Mikhail Gorbachev found … Continue reading Russia and the Impasse on Arms Control
The birthday of the foundation of Soviet military intelligence by Lev Trotsky is 5 November. The appalling publicity received by the G(R)U as a result of the Skripal' affair and the messy, easily traceable, bare-faced penetrations of NATO communications systems have necessitated a face lift. As was done in 1963, when the GRU had mud … Continue reading The GRU: Out of the Eater Came Forth Meat…
The fifth of November is formally the 100th anniversary of Russia's Military Intelligence Directorate, which the world has long known as the GRU but, as President Putin pointed out, was for some reason re-designated as GU (Main Directorate). Not just readers of this blog will know that the Directorate recently received about the worst publicity … Continue reading Russian Military Intelligence (GU/GRU)
These days it is the grushniki - operatives of the intelligence directorate of the General Staff - who have brought down on Russian heads the most atrocious publicity by promising more than they could deliver in operations abroad. They have made more of a hash of it than the FSB - the domestic intelligence service … Continue reading Training School for Foreign Intelligence
The impact of an informational hurricane sweeping into Russia from the West in reaction to widespread GRU cyberwarfare operations directed at the NATO countries is still reverberating through Moscow. On 7 October Nezavisimaya Gazeta's chief economic editor, Mikhail Sergeev, published a strongly worded article entitled "Military intelligence has become an economic factor." Indeed, it has. … Continue reading Censorship or Self-Censorship on GRU?
The sensational news today is the result of investigations following on from the arrest of four grushniki (GRU operatives) who, on 13 April this year, parked their car at the back of a Marriot Hotel loaded with interception equipment to target the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, an intergovernmental institution in The Hague, … Continue reading 305 GRU Officers Outed: Inadvertent Openness by Russian Intelligence
The conflict with the West is not entirely unproductive; for historians, at least. The Russian Foreign Ministry and the Defence Ministry archivists recently pooled their efforts to publish photocopies of formerly secret documents on the evolution and conclusion of the crisis over the fate of Czechoslovakia in 1938-39. These appeared on 20 September on the … Continue reading Russian (Civilian) Foreign Intelligence Lets its Standards Drop