Doing Putin's Dirty Work The Rise of Russia's GRU Military Intelligence Service

Russia's GRU military intelligence service has become a political instrument for President Putin -- in the poison attack in Salisbury, hacking against the West and even in dealing with his country's doping scandal. Lately, though, the secret service can't seem to stay out of the headlines.
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Vladimir Putin during a 2006 visit to GRU headquarters

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Anatoliy Chepiga and Alexander Mishkin are the main suspects in the Salisbury poisonings.

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