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Though overshadowed by the KGB, the GRU, the Russian millitary intelligence (as opposed to the KGB, which represented the Party). has conducted much of Russia's espionage in the 20th century. Besides conducting regular espionage operations, it has several thousand Spetznaz troops under its direct command. Unlike the KGB, the GRU still exists as a part of the modern Russian state.
Appearances in fiction:
- Briefly referenced in The Hunt for Red October.
- Plays a role in Metal Gear Solid 3 Snake Eater: Snake Eater. The main villain is a Colonel at the GRU, with Revolver Ocelot working under him.
- Team Fortress 2 has the Gloves of Running Urgently for the Heavy.
- Resident The Venture Brothers Russian femme-fatale Molotov Cocktease attempts to train Hank and Dean so that Brock Sampson will no longer suffer the indignity of being the Venture family bodyguard. Their textbook: a GRU Spetznaz field manual.