Boris Bykov

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Boris Yakovlevich Bukov, also Boris Bykov ("Sasha") Regiment Comissar (15 November 1935) was a member of the Communist Party since 1919. Bykov was head of the underground apparatus with which Whittaker Chambers and Alger Hiss were connected.

Graduated from Commanders' Upgrading Training School of RAZVEDUPR of the Red Army Staff in 1929, Red Army Military Academy of Chemical Defense, military-industrial department (September 1932 - February 1935), Red Army Stalin Military Academy of Mechanization and Motorization. Bykov was fluent in German. Bukov served as an Officer of Soviet Military Intelligence (GRU) from 1920-1941. Worked in Germany. In 1928 Bykov became the section chief of the 2nd department of Razvedupr; assistant chief of the 2nd department of Razvedupr of the Red Army Staff.

In 1935 Bykov left abroad and served as Illegal [e.g. 'undercover'] Rezident of Razvedupr in the United States from 1936 to 1939.

Lecturer (agent-operation cycle) of the Higher Special School of the Red Army Staff from July 1939 to September 1940. Senior Teacher of the chair of intelligence from September 1940 to June 1941.

After the German invasion of the Soviet Union in June 1941, he headed the chair of foreign countries study of the Second Moscow State Pedagogical Institute of Foreign Languages which later became known as the Institute of Military Interpreters.


  • Lurie, V.M. and Kochick, V.Y., GRU: Cases and People. "OLMA-PRESS", St. Petersburg - Moscow, 2003, p. 356 (in Russian).
  • W. G. Krivitsky, In Stalin’s Secret Service, New York: Enigma Books, (2000), 236.
  • Tanenhaus, Whittaker Chambers: A Biography, New York: Random House, (1997), 548, n. 16.
  • Allen Weinstein, Perjury: The Hiss-Chambers Case, New York: Random House, (Ed. 1997), pgs. 204-208, 211, 215, 217, 227, 277.