KGB Headquarters Lubyanka, Moscow
A fascinating place. We took a guided tour through the Sheraton Hotel Concierge. It was worth every penny. Spy stuff, captured US spy gear, all kinds of neato, keno jet stuff that you have only read about is on display here. The guide is a retired KGB agent and he does have some stories to tell.
If you have read any books about US Navy operations in Russian waters you will recognize some of the items on display. They have the actual listening device they used to tap the phone cables between tha mainland of Russia and the Kamchatka peninsula. This particular episode is chronicled in the book "Blind Man's Bluff".
I was stoked by this visit. 20 years ago you had to be a secret agent who was arrested to get in here.
NO PHOTOS ALLOWED
This is where James Bond movies come alive. One of my favorite tours in Moscow, this museum displays propaganda, spy toys and former classified documents galore. See a pen that shots on the third click and even talk to a former KGB/now FSB official. You must hire a private tour of the headquarters, but at $12 a head including admission, it's worth it.
Growing up and through high school, we were taught that this was a place to be afraid of. Now, tourists are coming to see the building that served the former KGB. Even President Putin was a member of this organization. It was interesting to see a place that was our rival across the world.
In front of the KGB headquarters in Lubyanka was a black statue commemorating the much hated founder of the KGB "Iron Felix". In 1991, this statue was toppled (it now resides in the "graveyard of fallen monuments".
This picture shows a Cossack protest shortly after Iron Felix came down. They wanted the statue replaced by a cross to commemorate the many Russians who were killed inside the KGB headquarters.
The KGB headquarters in Lubyanka is still a building hated by the Russians. No big surprise, as it terrorised them for many years, and many a Russian was shot in the back of the head inside its doors.
Indeed the Russian Secret Police are still based here today, but these days are called the FSK.
The large yellow building dominating Lubyanskaya Place is the Ex-KGB headquarters, now used for the FSB. Despite the apparent new openness of the FSB, this building has no signs or markings that indicate it is used for the FSB, or was used for the KGB. Nevertheless, the amount of security, designs on the building, and stories on the internet indicate that it is.
The Soviet Union's KGB Headquarters is now the FSB. Activity here during the Cold War affected the entire world (especially my home, the U.S.A.).
There is a way to get in for a tour, but I was harassed by militzia (police) for merely taking a photo of the outside of the building. Jeez Ruskies... relax... the CIA has the plans for this building!!
Ex headquarter of KGB;
there's a story that underground there are as much floors as you see outside...
there's also another story that, when there was the works to build metro, the tunnel had to turn around it, because it was forbidden to pass under the building....
This building used to be the headquarters of KGB. It is now the headquarters of its sucessor, FSB (Federalnaya Sluzhba Bezopasnosti - Federal Security Service)
The FSB does not operate foreign spies like the KGB. Behind the building is the entrance to a four-room KGB museum. The museum is not open to casual callers but Patriarshy Dom occassionally takes groups there.
Lubyanskaya Ploschad at New Year Eve.
You can see building of "Children's World" store. KGB building is on the right.
Photo by Sergei Karpenko
The Federal Security Service (FSB) headquarters building is the gray one to the left of the Lubyanka's main building.
Since 1984, when the KGB started trying to improve its public image, tourists have been able to visit a KGB museum. And since the Soviet collapse in 1991, Russia's intelligence agencies have tried to create an impression of openness, giving guided tours through the yellow Lubyanka.
I did not tour the Lubyanka, but I did tour the KGB musuem. We found that it's open to group tours only, not individual tourists. It took about two and a half hours to see and was well worth the time. In fact, it was a highlight of my Moscow experience...especially since they bring out a real live FSB agent at the end to answer your questions.
Anyone who's read any Soviet history probably has a mental image of Lubyanka prison as one of the world's most forbidding places. I was pleased to see that the picture in my head was correct. This huge, hulking building really does have a somewhat sinister air.
KGB directors from Beria to Andropov had their office on the third floor of this yellow building. The center of the square used to have a statue of Felix Dzerzhinsky, founder of the first communist secret police, the Cheka. However, the Dzerzhinsky statue came down in 1991.
Across the square from the Lubyanka is Dyetsky Mir (Children’s World), the largest children’s shop in the country.
Located on Lubyanka Square, the former KGB headquarters were long a source of fear for Soviet citizens. They were used as the location of secret operations since the time of Catherine the Great. During Stalin's regime, an extra wing had to be added to hold some of the hundreds of thousands who were imprisoned, interrogated and killed.
It is still home to the Russian intelligence services today, but tours can be arranged through Patrirashy Dom (see website below), if you're in town at the right time.
Lubyanka KGB Headquarters.
Lubyanka Square in downtown Moscow is the site of the site of the Lubyanka head-quarters of the KGB. The Lubyanka actually consists of three buildings. The main yellow building predates the Revolution and was taken over by the Bolsheviks in 1918. Containing the Lubyanka prison, this building is now the headquarters of the Border Troops, and it also contains a single Federal Security Service (FSB) Directorate. The Federal Security Service headquarters building is the gray one to left side, No. 1/3. whose construction began under Andropov and was finished under Chebrikov.
Since 1984 tourists have been able to visit a KGB museum in a gray stone building behind the Lubyanka. The upper floors are KGB offices, but the ground floors are used for conferences and a clubroom for retired KGB offices. And since the Soviet collapse in 1991, Russia's intelligence agencies have tried to create an impression of openness, giving guided tours through the yellow Lubyanka. The new KGB Museum, which is open to the public, is housed in the Lubyanka building.
KGB Museum. Visit the old KGB building, a focus of Russians' dread for years. There are four rooms showing the history of one of the world's most famous and feared security organizations. There are displays of their methods, as uncovered by former KGB agents.