The intelligence agencies of the Russian Federation, often unofficially referred to in Russian as Special services (Russian: Спецслужбы), include:

Coordination and parliamentary supervision

The SVR, FSB and FSO, GUSP are all successor agencies to the Soviet Union′s KGB, are administratively independent of each other and report to the President of Russia, who under law is in charge of directing these agencies. The GRU is a structural component of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces and its director reports to the Chief of the General Staff and the Minister of Defence and to a certain extent may also answer to the President of Russia if ordered so.

The Director of FSB and Director of SVR are permanent ex officio members of the Security Council of Russia, a consultative body under the president of Russia. Although the Director of FSO is not classified as a member of the Russian Security Council, he is invited to join in the meetings when ordered by the President.[2][3]

Parliamentary supervision over the intelligence community in Russia is undertaken by the Federation Council's Committee for Security and Defense, and the Committee for Security and Anti-Corruption of the State Duma, which supervises Russia's intelligence and security services.

See also


  1. ^ "Reuters Factbox on Russian military intelligence by Dmitry Solovyov". Reuters. 24 April 2009. Archived from the original on 8 October 2022. Retrieved 15 November 2014.
  2. ^ Статья 13. Совет Безопасности
  3. ^ Состав Совета Безопасности Российской Федерации