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RUSSIAN MILITARY INTELLIGENCE ARMY GRU OWL INSIGNIA PIN
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20182

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RUSSIAN MAIN MILITARY INTELLIGENCE SERVICE - GRU OWL SWORD INSIGNIA PIN.

Acronym GRU in Russian stands for Main Intelligence Directorate [Glavnoe Razvedyvatel'noe Upravlenie].

BRAND NEW ITEM. Pin size is measured 20 mm by 22 mm (7/8" by 3/4" inch). Robust copper metal, hard enameled, butterfly clutch military style back side mount attachment.

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GRU.

Glavnoye Razvedyvatelnoye Upravlenie (GRU)- Main Intelligence Directorate

GRU is the English transliteration of the Russian acronym Р, which stands for [Glavnoe Razvedyvatel'noe Upravlenie], meaning Main Intelligence Directorate. The full name is GRU GSh (GRU GenShtaba, i.e. "GRU of the General Staff"). The GRU was created in 1918 by Lenin, and given the task of handling all military intelligence. It operated residencies all over the world, along with the SIGINT (signals intelligence) station, in Lourdes, Cuba (22.995° N 82.464° W), and throughout the former Soviet bloc countries, especially in Lithuania, Latvia, and most other power centers in the Soviet Union, most famously the CPSU and KGB.

The GRU was well-known in the Soviet government for its fierce independence from rival power blocs, even the Communist Party. At the time of the GRU's creation, Lenin infuriated the Cheka (predecessor of the KGB) by ordering it not to interfere with the GRU's operations. Nonetheless, the Cheka infiltrated the GRU in 1919. This planted the seed for a fierce rivalry between the two agencies, which were both engaged in espionage.

The existence of the GRU was not publicized during the Soviet era. It became widely known in Russia, and the West outside the narrow confines of the intelligence community, during perestroika, in part thanks to the writings of "Viktor Suvorov" (Vladimir Rezun), a GRU agent who defected to Britain in 1978, and wrote about his experiences in the Soviet military and intelligence services. According to Suvorov, even the general secretary of the CPSU couldn't enter GRU headquarters without going through a security screening.

The GRU still remains to this day a very important part of the Russian Federation's intelligence services, especially since it was never split up like the KGB was. The KGB was dissolved after aiding a failed coup (1991) against then Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. It has since been divided into the SVR (Foreign Intelligence Service) and the FSB (Federal Security Service). GRU is run by Valentin Vladimirovich Korabelnikov.

According to the Federation of American Scientists: "...Though sometimes compared to the US Defense Intelligence Agency, [the GRU's] activities encompass those performed by nearly all joint US military intelligence agencies as well as other national US organizations. The GRU gathers human intelligence through military attaches and foreign agents. It also maintains significant signals intelligence and imagery reconnaissance and satellite imagery capabilities."

With the dissolution of the USSR at the start of 1992, the GRU became for a time the principal intelligence body of the Main Command of the Commonwealth of Independent States Armed Forces. Following the April 1992 creation of a Russian Ministry of Defense, however, the GRU became Russia's military-intelligence arm. In recent years there has been a reduction in the total numerical strength of the GRU, including the central apparatus and apparatuses abroad. But this has not had any significant effect on the results of the GRU's work. Structurally, the GRU remains largely unchanged from the Soviet era and reportedly has greater resources for collecting foreign intelligence than the SVR. The GRU today is a cohesive, highly efficient, and professional military intelligence agency.
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