“The Little Chocolate House”

"The Little Chocolate House"

"The Little Chocolate House"

You have just clicked on a picture of the building known in the history of Soviet military intelligence, or the GRU, as “the little chocolate house.” This modest house built in the early 1900s earned its name from its chocolate color. It housed Soviet military intelligence headquarters in the 1920s, 1930s and during World War II. The building was the “Center” referred to in books and tales of Soviet espionage – and the seat of the mysterious “Director” cited in Venona GRU cables, as well as in thousands and thousands of cables which remain unbroken. The stories about this house and its inhabitants are still shrouded in mystery – and will be gathered piecemeal on this site from scarce, declassified GRU records, traces and clues scattered through recently opened archival collections, oral histories and memoirs, and recent Russian writing.

LITTLE CHOCOLATE HOUSE STORIES

THE MEN AND WOMEN OF “THE LITTLE CHOCOLATE HOUSE”: