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The KGB is the common abbreviation for the Russian Komitet gosudarstvennoy bezopasnosti (Комитет государственной безопасности) or Committee for State Security. It was the national security agency of the Soviet Union from 1954 to 1991, and its premier was internal security, intelligence, and secret police organization during that time. It was split into several divisions, including the Sixth Directorate, which focused on Economic Counter-intelligence and industrial security, and the Ninth Directorate, which protects the Kremlin and provides bodyguards for high-level VIPs, mostly 'Party and government' figures that included high-ranking officials and their families.


During the 1960s, the KGB developed various devices, such as a button-sized camera, a transmitter small enough to be placed in someone's shoe, and a narcosis gun disguised as a cigarette. In addition, there were also instances where field agents of the KGB and the CIA were on friendly terms despite being enemies, although it was very rare to see it as high as the station chief level.[1]

Operation Snake EaterEdit

See also: Virtuous Mission and Operation Snake Eater
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KGB soldiers in Tselinoyarsk, 1964.

In August 1964, KGB guards from the Ninth Directorate, armed with AK-47s and RGD-5 grenades, were sent to the OKB-754 design bureau to guard weapons scientist Nikolai Stepanovich Sokolov against GRU forces led by Colonel Yevgeny Borisovitch Volgin. The Ninth Directorate was chosen by Khrushchev for guarding Sokolov because it's head was a protege of Khrushchev himself and wanted to cut risks to ensure that the Shagohod's development succeeded without interference. CIA operative Naked Snake managed to infiltrate the abandoned factory where Sokolov was being held, but was ambushed by KGB troops as he made his exit. Snake was then saved by Major Ocelot of GRU, having mistaken him for a defecting agent, and killed the KGB soldiers present.

Pressuring the CIA to assassinate The Boss, who had provided nuclear warheads to Colonel Volgin, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev allowed the FOX unit to use one of the KGB's communication satellites during Operation Snake Eater, one week later. The KGB also set up a meeting between Snake and one of their agents, known as ADAM. Despite Snake's arrival at the meeting point on time, he instead met with the supposed KGB operative EVA who took over ADAM's mission. EVA had actually been a spy for the Chinese People's Liberation Army, while the triple agent Ocelot (who was really ADAM) acquired half of the Philosophers' Legacy for the CIA. Shortly after the mission, even though EVA/The Boss's debriefing indicated that the reason for the change in the mission was because they didn't want the Soviets to know about their attempt at stealing the legacy both times, the KGB nonetheless knew about the true nature of both missions, with Ocelot suggesting that they use their knowledge on the missions as blackmail to the United States Government in future negotiations.[2] In addition, the KGB was involved in ousting their former employer, Khrushchev, from power.

Post-Snake EaterEdit

The KGB eventually formed an elite counter-terrorism operations unit called the Alpha Group. In addition, the KGB also located Sokolov (who survived the events of Operation Snake Eater by faking his death), and transferred him to the gulags until he was rescued by the FOX operative Gene. The KGB also had some involvement in orchestrating various rebellions in the West via contacts.

Some contacts trained a group in Colombia, who also became acquainted with Kazuhira Miller, a mercenary who at the time was a trainer for the guerilla group.[3]

Peace Walker IncidentEdit

Main article: Peace Walker Incident

KGB spy Vladimir Zadornov operated in Central America, during the early 1970s.

In 1974, KGB intelligence operative Vladimir Zadornov was dispatched to Costa Rica in order to propel Central America towards Communism and help the Soviets win the wider Cold War. First, he had KGB contacts supply Amanda Valenciano Libre's Sandinistas with a drug-purification plant, in order to raise money for their revolution in neighboring Nicaragua. Zadornov then disguised himself as a respected University for Peace professor, Ramón Gálvez Mena, and hired the Militaires Sans Frontières to combat the CIA Peace Sentinel who were operating in the country. In reality he had allied himself with the rogue CIA forces, providing resources for a mobile nuclear launch platform that they were developing, but intended to use it for the Soviets' own designs. He was aided in this scheme by fellow operative Paz Ortega Andrade.

Zadornov and Soviet troops later took over the U.S. missile base in Nicaragua, in which the Peace Sentinel were preparing to launch a nuclear strike. The KGB intended that Cuba be attacked, making it seem as though America was the guilty party, allowing anti-American sentiment and Communism to spread unchecked throughout Central America. However, this plan failed, due to their former Sandinista allies turning on them. After Coldman activated Peace Walker and also nearly caused nuclear armageddon by having Peace Walker leak the false data set to NORAD, the KGB, along with the CIA, attempted to cover up the events. Miller considered trying to convince Zadornov to join MSF so the morale of the Russian members would be bolstered.

Though imprisoned by the MSF, Zadornov again attempted to hijack a nuclear weapon, with inside help from Paz, but was killed before he could witness the mission's conclusion. Paz, however, was also working as an agent of the shadowy organization Cipher.

Warning: The following events occur in the pseudo-historical Side Ops in Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes; therefore, its level of canonicity is ambiguous.

On December 3, 1974, Miller's KGB contacts hired MSF for a hit on U.S. Marine sniper duo Glaz and Palitz, who had acted as assassins-for-hire due to their involvement in the Laotian Civil War. Miller assured Big Boss that the contacts in question had no ties to Zadornov.[3]

Side Ops information ends here.

Later yearsEdit

Sometime prior to 1995, Psycho Mantis joined the KGB as part of its psychic intelligence division, but left a while later. On December 21, 1995, Russian President Boris Yeltsin signed the decree that disbanded the KGB, which was then substituted by the FSB, the current domestic state security agency of the Russian Federation. As a result, the Alpha Group was also implemented by the FSB.

Former membersEdit

Behind the scenesEdit


Sokolov and KGB soldiers from Metal Gear Online (Subsistence).

KGB soldiers first appeared in Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater as the initial enemy soldiers in Tselinoyarsk during the game's prologue, the Virtuous Mission. Depending on the player's actions before rescuing Sokolov, regarding whether the KGB soldiers spotted the player or even if the player killed any of the soldiers, Snake's response to Major Zero regarding the soldiers will be different. The voice casting sheet for Metal Gear Solid 3 indicated that the KGB soldiers, at the time of the Virtuous Mission, were in their late 20s to mid 30s.[4]


A playable KGB soldier.

KGB soldiers were featured as playable characters in the original Metal Gear Online, included in Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence, which also has the leading player garnering control of Sokolov as the "leader" of the KGB Unit, should he/she get the lowest score during an operation. They also make an appearance in Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops' online mode and Portable Ops Plus as recruitable soldiers. In addition, one of them can be rescued from the prison facility as part of a spy report mission exclusive to the European version of Portable Ops, although his presence on the San Hieronymo Peninsula is not explained.

"A soldier from the Soviet Commission for State Security, a.k.a. the KGB. An intelligence service under the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the KGB monitors the army and state police, and provides protection to VIPs."
―Official description in Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops

In Metal Gear Solid 3, the KGB troops are oddly seen wearing what appears to be the ANA version of the Gorka suit, that is a single-colored fatigue uniform designed for mountain combat (the loose design was meant to be used with thermal clothing), that was designed only a decade later and first issued to special troops during the Afghan War. They also seem to use a weird version of the BVD vest, that was a canvas vest issued in Afghanistan to airborne reconnaissance units; however, it differs from the original because, instead of 3 magazine pouches, 4 grenade pouches, a radio and an IFAK (Individual First Aid Kit) pouch, they have only the magazine and grenade pouches. They also have the common short trooper's leather boots and a canvas pouch that is probably used for the gas mask.


Russian troops, led by KGB agent Zadornov, who occupied the U.S. Missile Base in Nicaragua (Peace Walker Official Art Works book).

In late Chapter 4 of Peace Walker, Russian soldiers were seen occupying the United States missile base in Nicaragua. Although the KGB agent Vladimir Aleksandrovich Zadornov was evidentially leading the soldiers, it was left ambiguous whether the soldiers were themselves members of the KGB or if they were simply Soviet soldiers who were working with the KGB in a joint assignment to further the Soviet Union's goals.

In a Side Op mission in Ground Zeroes, Prisoner 12282 tells Big Boss that he was interrogated by a man speaking Russian. Whether he was a KGB agent is not revealed.

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. ^ Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, Kojima Productions (2010)
    Briefing Files > Briefing Library > Miller > Situation in Central America > The CIA-KGB relationship
    Kazuhira Miller: Can you believe the CIA and the KGB were actually in cahoots? // Naked Snake/Big Boss: Never thought I'd see that at the station chief level... But I've heard stories of operatives in the field being on friendly terms. // Kazuhira Miller: Seriously? // Naked Snake/Big Boss: Most espionage takes place in political hotspots, as you'd expect. But there aren't that many of those kinds of places. Especially in a small country. Hang around long enough, and you're bound to run into fellow spies, like it or not. You start saying hello, and soon enough you're eating dinner together... // Kazuhira Miller: Strange bedfellows, huh? // Naked Snake/Big Boss: I dunno about that. At any rate, this kind of fiasco is what happens when spies get too familiar. Hard to believe, but some people will betray anyone and anything if it suits their interests.
  2. ^ Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, Konami Computer Entertainment Japan (2004)
    Ocelot: Yes, the CIA has taken care of The Boss themselves. I believe the White House will be satisfied. Khrushchev is finished. Your time has finally arrived. Yes. The American president is relying on us to keep a lid on the whole affair. We've got him by the balls. It should make a valuable trump card in future negotiations.
  3. ^ a b Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, Kojima Productions (2014).
    Kazuhira Miller: This job... The clients are KGB contacts from my Colombia days... don't worry, they had nothing to do with Zadornov. They lost a lot of comrades to the "eye" and the "finger." The NVA lost high-ranking staff too... but also their families, their children. To the East, the two were a reason to be afraid of the dark. Their extradition to face trial is even on the table in the peace talks. Now that they're out of Laos, the two are enjoying a relaxing vacation in a loophole - one surrounded by minefields and barbed wire. Even if the war ends, the East fears their return. For our clients, it will only truly be over when these two are dead.
  4. ^ Metal Gear Solid 3 voice casting sheet


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