GRU

or G.R.U.

  1. (in the Soviet Union) the Chief Intelligence Directorate of the Soviet General Staff, a military intelligence organization founded in 1920 and functioning as a complement to the KGB.

Origin of GRU

< Russian, for Glávnoe razvédyvatel'noe upravlénie
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Contemporary Examples of gru

  • According to Hennadi Moskal of the Ukrainian police, Girkin is an ex warrant officer in the GRU.

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    The Kremlin’s Crazy Shock Troops

    Oleg Shynkarenko

    May 22, 2014

  • Like Dr. No, Hugo Drax, or Blofeld, Gru saves all his razzamatazz for his gadgets—and his rocket-launching outfit.

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    Villains as Fashion Heroes

    Sean Macaulay

    July 8, 2010

  • Gru has a classic no-frills jacket with zipper, plus businesslike turtleneck, drainpipe trousers, and pointed Mod boots.

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    Villains as Fashion Heroes

    Sean Macaulay

    July 8, 2010

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British Dictionary definitions for gru

GRU

abbreviation for
  1. (formerly) the Soviet military intelligence service; the military counterpart of the KGB

Word Origin for GRU

from Russian Glavnoye Razvedyvatelnoye Upravleniye Main Intelligence Directorate
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