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(in the Soviet Union) the Chief Intelligence Directorate of the Soviet General Staff, a military intelligence organization founded in 1920 and functioning as a complement to the KGB.
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< Russian, for Glávnoe razvédyvatel'noe upravlénie Unabridged
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(formerly) the Soviet military intelligence service; the military counterpart of the KGB
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from Russian Glavnoye Razvedyvatelnoye Upravleniye Main Intelligence Directorate
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  1. Russian Glavnoe razvedyvatel'noe upravlenie (Chief Intelligence Directorate)
  2. Grus (constellation)
  3. Guarulhos International Airport (Sĩo Paulo, Brazil)
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