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GRU (ГРУ) or Glavnoye Razvedyvatel'noye Upravleniye (Главное Разведывательное Управление - Main Intelligence Directorate) is a Russian military intelligence agency subordinate to the Joint Chiefs of Staff (GenShtab) and the Ministry of Defence, as opposed to, consecutively, CheKa, NKVD, KGB, FSB and FSB's foreign division SVR, all non-military. It was formed just before the end of the First World War. The agency continued to exist throughout the turbulent times surrounding the Red Revolution, and remains in service to Russia today.

Battlefield 3Edit

Main article: Spetsnaz#Battlefield 3
"Has GRU confirmed the rules of the game?
Yes, the most important task is to grab the nuclear weapon at any cost."

Kiril and Vladimir


The GRU appears as a faction in the singleplayer campaign of Battlefield 3 through Dimitri Mayakovsky's Spetsnaz GRU squad. The Directorate is responsible for dispatching Dima's team to find Amir Kaffarov and to attempt to stop the nuclear attack in Paris.

Battlefield 3: The RussianEdit

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"A strange life. But then Dima had never had anything he could call normal"
This section contains information from The Russian, and is of ambiguous continuity within the Battlefield universe and its storyline.

The GRU makes a more significant appearance in the novelization Battlefield 3: The Russian and features several characters working within it, notably Paliov, Timofayev, and Omorova.

Ambiguous information ends here.