22.01.2021 — 31.03.2021
Dmitry Bystroletov, Soviet illegal intelligence agent, translator, doctor, writer
Dmitry Bystroletov, Soviet illegal intelligence agent, translator, doctor, writer
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22.01.2021 — 31.03.2021
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Tverskaya 21, Moscow

вт–вс с 11:00 до 20:00, чт с 12:00 до 21:00
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The materials presented at the exhibition tell about the fate of the leaders of foreign intelligence and the activities of legendary intelligence officers of different generations, who devoted their lives to serving Motherland in the XX-XXI centuries. Until recently, the names of many of them were kept in the strictest confidence, and most are still known only to a narrow circle of specialists. Recognition of the merits of outstanding intelligence officers of the past and present testifies to the high appraisal of their work by the country's leadership and Russian society.

During the Great Patriotic War, foreign intelligence made a significant contribution to the approach of Victory, obtaining valuable information about the military-political plans and actions of the aggressor states led by Nazi Germany, as well as the USSR's partners in the anti-Hitler coalition. At the same time, intelligence began collecting information on foreign nuclear projects, thanks to which, already in 1949, the Soviet Union created its own nuclear weapons, strengthening the country's defensive potential and ensuring parity of forces in the system of international relations.

In the post-war era, foreign intelligence played an important role in strengthening the international security system and in establishing and developing the USSR's partnership with countries that were breaking free from colonial dependence.
The main tasks of Russian intelligence at the present stage are still to identify new challenges and threats to Russia's security in order to counter them, to provide the country's leadership with relevant and reliable information on a wide range of problems.

Most of the unique artifacts presented at the exhibition are being shown to the general public for the first time. Among them are personal belongings of Felix Dzerzhinsky and the heads of foreign intelligence: S.A. Messing, A.Kh. Artuzov, P.M. Fitin, A.M.Sakharovsky, L.V. Shebarshin, E.M. Primakov , as well as legendary scouts: A.N.Botyan, I.R.Grigulevich, A.S. Feklisov, the spouses Coen and Vartanyan, K. Philby, J. Blake, V.G. Fisher, Yu.I. Drozdov and many others. Visitors will be presented with declassified foreign intelligence documents and works of art dedicated to it.

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The exhibition is organized by the Foreign Intelligence Service of the Russian Federation in cooperation with the State Central Museum of Contemporary History of Russia.
The relatives of the scouts also took part in the preparation:

I. A. Baboshkina (daughter of A. N. Botyan), N. I. Grigulevich (daughter of I. R. Grigulevich), E. Yu. Blagoveshchenskaya (granddaughter of P. M. Fitin), N. A. Asatur (daughter A. S. Feklisov) and R. I. Pukhova (K. Philby's wife), as well as the chairman of the board of the Union of Artists of Russia, sculptor A. N. Kovalchuk, collector and artist A. I. Osipov, writer and journalist N. M. Dolgopolov.

Media partners of the exhibition: VGTRK and Viange Production LLC

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