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The Papers of Vasiliy Mitrokhin

Title The Papers of Vasiliy Mitrokhin
Reference GBR/0014/MITN
Creator Mitrokhin, Vasiliy, 1922-2004, Archivist, First Chief Directorate (foreign intelligence), KGB
Covering Dates 1972–2004
Extent and Medium 33 archive boxes; paper; Manuscript notes and notebooks, typescript volumes.; Cyrillic
Repository Churchill Archives Centre
Content and context

Vasiliy Mitrokhin was born in central Russia on 3 March 1922 and began training as an archivist before transferring to the Kharkov Higher Juridical Institute from which he graduated in 1944. After serving briefly as a police lawyer he was nominated for a three year course at the Higher Diplomatic School in Moscow. From 1948 he worked in foreign intelligence for the Committee of Information, undertaking several short term foreign assignments, before being assigned to the foreign intelligence archives in the KGB First Chief Directorate. From 1972 onwards, until his retirement in 1984, he took extensive manuscript notes of many of the papers passing through his hands. Following his retirement he organised this material geographically and typed out systematic studies of KGB operations in different parts of the world in 10 volumes. He and his family and his archive were exfiltrated from the Soviet Union by the Secret Intelligence Service in 1992. Once in London, Mitrokhin continued to work on transcribing and typing his manuscript notes, producing a further 26 typed volumes, which provided the basis for the two volume book with Professor Christopher Andrew, "The Mitrokhin Archive" (Penguin, 1999). Vasiliy Mitrokhin died in January 2004.

The collection comprises manuscript notes, and the redacted and edited typescript copies of the original notes, of documents from the KGB archive. All documents are in Russian.

Deposited by Vladimir Mitrokhin (son), 2012-13.

Access and Use

With the exception of sections 6-7, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge. Churchill Archives Centre is open from Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm. A prior appointment and two forms of identification are required.

Researchers wishing to publish excerpts from the papers must obtain prior permission from the copyright holder and should seek advice from Archives Centre staff.

In Russian

Please cite as Churchill Archives Centre, The Papers of Vasiliy Mitrokhin, MITN

Further information

"The Mitrokhin Archive", by Vasiliy Mitrokhin and Professor Christopher Andrew, 2 vols (Penguin, 1999).

Copies of this collection level description and catalogue are available at Churchill Archives Centre, Cambridge and on the Janus website http://janus.lib.cam.ac.uk. Readers may find it helpful to use Mitrokhin's and Professor Christopher Andrew's published guides to the archive, available in the Archives Centre reading room. Use the index to find the text you need and look at the footnotes. If these give the citation "vol 9, ch 6" for instance, it means that the relevant entry should be found in MITN 1/9; if "vol 7", you need MITN 1/7. The volumes referred to are MITN series 1, the first volumes that Mitrokhin produced while in Russia and arranged by place. Unfortunately it is not always easy to match the item numbers to the page numbers in these volumes, but the chapters should match up.

If the relevant footnote gives a K file number and then an item number (eg: K5-22) it means that the relevant entry will be in MITN 2 and the Archives Centre list gives the old K number for each of the volumes (eg: MITN 2/1 on "The Church" was formerly K1). These volumes are then arranged numerically by item.

The collection was catalogued by Allen Packwood in April 2014. Biographical information was obtained from Mitrokhin's book "Chekisms - A KGB Anthology" (Urasov Press, 2008).

Index Terms
East West Relations
International Tensions
Soviet Union
Mitrokhin, Vasiliy (1922-2004) Archivist, 1st Chief Directorate foreign intelligence, KGB
Churchill/MITN contains:
1 Typescript volumes compiled by Mitrokhin in Moscow.
18 volumes; paper; Cyrillic.
2 Typescript volumes of notes transcribed by Mitrokhin in London.
36 volumes; paper; Cyrillic.
3 Typescript volumes of notebooks transcribed by Mitrokhin in London.
10 volumes; paper; Cyrillic.
4 A KGB Anthology - Extracts from the archive selected by Vasiliy Mitrokhin.
17 volumes; paper; Cyrillic.
5 Lexicons - original manuscripts.
4 files; paper; Cyrillic.
6 Contemporary manuscript notes copied from FCD files and other secret documents.
29 files; paper; Cyrillic.
7 Contemporary manuscript notebook fragments.
9 files; paper; Cyrillic.

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