The Foreign Intelligence Service of the Russian Federation or SVR is Russia's external intelligence agency, mainly for civilian affairs. The SVR RF succeeded the First Chief Directorate(PGU) of the KGB in December 1991. The headquarters of SVR are in the Yasenevo District of Moscow.

Unlike the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB), the SVR is tasked with intelligence and espionage activities outside the Russian Federation. It works together with the Russian Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU), its military affairs espionage counterpart that reportedly deployed six times as many spies in foreign countries as the SVR in 1997. The SVR is also authorized to negotiate anti-terrorist cooperation and intelligence-sharing arrangements with foreign intelligence agencies, and provides analysis and dissemination of intelligence to the Russian president.[1]

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  1. Wikipedia: Foreign Intelligence Service (Russia)