Museum of the History of the Russian Political Police

  Gorokhovaya ul. 2 ,   City Centre-1          (+7) 812 312 27 42     more than a year ago
If you fancy yourself as a James Bond or a Mata Hari, or better yet, a Kim Philby, take a trip to the Museum of the History of the Political Police in Russia. It will satisfy those espionage fantasies. Somewhat more of an archive, than a museum, it features a lot of documentary evidence and photos of famous 20th Century double agents and artefacts regarding the long history of secret and political police in Russia, from the inception of the "Third Department" under Nicholas I, through to the Vcheka of 1918 (here you can see a mock up of the room of Derzhinsky, the legendary head of the VCheka and best buddy of Lenin himself) to the Cold War era Soviet KGB.

They’ve got secret cameras, books hollowed out to conceal weapons and microfilms and the weapons of choice of your friendly neighbourhood KGB agent. The collection of historical documents is fascinating if you can read Russian, there are small explanatory texts in English at the entrance to each of the three rooms. And just try to feel the atmosphere! Сreaky floors, the smell of paper dust, slightly faded wallpaper and walls with pieces of authentic plaster... This small museum is arguably the perfect place to have a rest on the long way from the Hermitage to St. Isaac's Cathedral.


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Open 10:00 - 18:00. Closed Sat, Sun.

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Admission 100Rbl.


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Lance Grundy

A fascinating museum which records the history of Russia’s political police before, during and after the Russian Revolution. The museum begins with an exhibition dedicated to the work of the Tsarist secret police force, the Okhrana, which was formed to combat political terrorism and left-wing revolutionary activity. Subsequent exhibitions cover the period following the Russian Revolution and include displays about the work of the Cheka, the OGPU, NKVD and KGB. The final part of the museum looks at the work of Russia's post-Soviet security service the modern-day FSB. Located on the first floor of some sort of working police station, the Museum of the Political Police is not the easiest place to find and I only came across it by chance due to the A-board sign on the pavement outside. It was definitely a rewarding experience though and if you like this sort of thing then you should take the time and trouble to seek it out.
Elena (Research manager St. Petersburg IYP)

Dear Bernarnd, finally I managed to talk to a specialist from this Museum. She told me that they have no idea that such training was possible and that in the Soviet Union there was even enough bases for training. She also told me that these women might have been immigrants. Anyway they will be glad to help you if you provide them with more informatioon and exact names of people you want to know about.You can contact them via
Bernard O'Connor

Might there be any information on the women NKVD agents who were trained by British Special Operations Executive in UK in WW2 to be parachuted into occupied Europe?I have researched RAF Tempsford, the top secret airfield, from where the agents were flown out from.
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