The MGB (Russian: МГБ), an initialism for Ministerstvo gosudarstvennoy bezopasnosti SSSR (Russian: Министе́рство госуда́рственной безопа́сности СССР; IPA: [mʲɪnʲɪˈsʲtʲɛrstvə ɡəsʊˈdarstvʲɪnnəj bʲɪzɐˈpasnəsʲtʲɪ], translated in English as Ministry for State Security), was the name of the Soviet intelligence agency from 1946 to 1953. It, for all intents and purposes, succeeded the NKVD, with the MGB maintaining the fearsome reputation of the NKVD until it was replaced by the KGB.

MGB in The Hot War[]

Much like its predecessors, the MGB was much feared entity in the Soviet Union during World War III.

See Also[]

  • NKVD, the predecessor of the MGB, which appears in most Harry Turtledove works.
  • KGB, the successor of the MGB. It appears in a small number of Turtledove works, but is arguably the entity most familiar to the general public.