Vitaly Fedorchuk

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Vitaly Fedorchuk
Виталий Федорчук
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Minister of Interior Affairs of the Soviet Union
In office
17 December 1982 – 25 January 1986
Preceded by Nikolai Shchelokov
Succeeded by Alexander Vlasov
5th Chairman of the Committee for State Security
In office
26 May 1982 – 17 December 1982
Premier Nikolai Tikhonov
Preceded by Yuri Andropov
Succeeded by Viktor Chebrikov
Personal details
Born Vitaly Vasilyevich Fedorchuk
(1918-12-27)27 December 1918
Ogievka, Zhitomir Oblast, Russian Empire
Died 29 February 2008(2008-02-29) (aged 89)
Moscow, Russian Federation
Resting place Troyekurovskoye cemetery, Moscow
Nationality Ukrainian
Political party Communist Party of the Soviet Union
Other political
Communist Party (Bolsheviks) of Ukraine

Vitaly Vasilyevich Fedorchuk (Russian: Виталий Васильевич Федорчук; 27 December 1918 – 29 February 2008) was a Ukrainian Soviet statesman and politician.

Early life and education[edit]

Fedorchuk was born in the Zhitomir region of Ukraine to a peasant family in 1918.[1] He was called up for military service in 1936 and then attended the Military Communications School in Kiev.[1]


Fedorchuk started his career as a local journalist.[2] He joined the Soviet secret police in 1939[3] and served in the SMERSH from 1943 to 1947.[2] Then he worked in East Germany and in the Soviet Embassy in Vienna as an intelligence officer from 1949 to 1967.[1] In 1967, he was appointed head of the third directorate or military counterintelligence unit of the KGB where he served until 1970.[1] He became the chief of the Ukrainian KGB in July 1970.[4] 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.[5]

He then became the Soviet interior minister in 1982, replacing Nikolai Shchelokov.[3][6] His term ended in January 1986 and he was succeeded by Alexander V. Vlasov.[4] After leaving office, Fedorchuk became an inspector at the ministry of defense[7] and then, he retired.[2]

Death and burial[edit]

Fedorchuk died in Moscow on 29 February 2008 at the age of 89.[3][8] His body was buried at Moscow's Troyekurovskoye cemetery.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d "Vitaly Fedorchuk: Short-lived head of the KGB". The Independent. 18 March 2008. Retrieved 31 March 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c Martin, Douglas (9 March 2008). "Vitaly Fedorchuk, 89, of K.G.B. Dies". The New York Times. p. 30. 
  3. ^ a b c "Former KGB chief dies at 89". USA Today. Moscow. AP. 3 March 2008. Retrieved 31 March 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Eaton, William J. (26 January 1986). "Soviet Interior Minister Shifted to Other Duties". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Ex-KGB head Vitaly Fedorchuk dead at 89". UPI. 3 March 2008. Retrieved 31 March 2013. 
  6. ^ Starov, Vadim. "MDV. The Ministry of Internal Affairs". Systema Spetnaz. Retrieved 31 March 2013. 
  7. ^ "Vitaly Fedorchuk: 89". The Globe and Mail. 5 March 2008. Retrieved 31 March 2013. 
  8. ^ "Obituaries in the News". The Washington Post. Moscow. AP. 3 March 2008. Retrieved 13 April 2013. 
Government offices
Preceded by
Vitaliy Nikitchenko
Director of the Committee for State Security
Succeeded by
Stepan Mukha
Preceded by
Yuri Andropov
Chairman of State Committee for State Security
Succeeded by
Viktor Chebrikov