|Minister of Interior Affairs of the Soviet Union|
17 December 1982–25 January 1986
|Preceded by||Nikolai Shchelokov|
|Succeeded by||Alexander Vlasov|
|5th Chairman of the Committee for State Security|
26 May 1982–17 December 1982
|Preceded by||Yuri Andropov|
|Succeeded by||Viktor Chebrikov|
27 December 1918|
Ogievka, Zhitomir Oblast, Russian Empire
|Died||29 February 2008
Moscow, Russian Federation
|Resting place||Troyekurovskoye cemetery, Moscow|
|Political party||Communist Party of the Soviet Union|
|Communist Party (Bolsheviks) of Ukraine|
Early life and education
Fedorchuk started his career as a local journalist. He joined the Soviet secret police in 1939 and served in the SMERSH from 1943 to 1947. Then he worked in East Germany and in the Soviet Embassy in Vienna as an intelligence officer from 1949 to 1967. In 1967, he was appointed head of the third directorate or military counterintelligence unit of the KGB where he served until 1970. He became the chief of the Ukrainian KGB in July 1970. He held the post until he was appointed chairman of the KGB on 26 May 1982, replacing Yuri Andropov and served for seven months until 17 December 1982.
He then became the Soviet interior minister in 1982, replacing Nikolai Shchelokov. His term ended in January 1986 and he was succeeded by Alexander V. Vlasov. After leaving office, Fedorchuk became an inspector at the ministry of defense and then, he retired.
Death and burial
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- Martin, Douglas (9 March 2008). "Vitaly Fedorchuk, 89, of K.G.B. Dies". The New York Times. p. 30.
- "Former KGB chief dies at 89". USA Today. Moscow. AP. 3 March 2008. Retrieved 31 March 2013.
- Eaton, William J. (26 January 1986). "Soviet Interior Minister Shifted to Other Duties". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 7 July 2013.
- "Ex-KGB head Vitaly Fedorchuk dead at 89". UPI. 3 March 2008. Retrieved 31 March 2013.
- Starov, Vadim. "MDV. The Ministry of Internal Affairs". Systema Spetnaz. Retrieved 31 March 2013.
- "Vitaly Fedorchuk: 89". The Globe and Mail. 5 March 2008. Retrieved 31 March 2013.
- "Obituaries in the News". The Washington Post. Moscow. AP. 3 March 2008. Retrieved 13 April 2013.
|Director of the Committee for State Security
|Chairman of State Committee for State Security