KGB and Stasi spy material on display in St. Ouen, near Paris

It is an exceptional collection without equivalent in Europe of nearly 2,000 pieces exhibited for the first time in France. These often unique objects from the Soviet secret services belong to a private collection.

The exhibition entitled “The Invisibles of the Cold War: KGB and Stasi” at the Galerie Dauphine (inside the Dauphine Market in Saint-Ouen) focuses on the materials and techniques used by the Soviet (KGB) and East German (Stasi) secret services during the Cold War (1947-1991).
Various clandestine equipment from the Eastern bloc is presented to the French public for the first time and allows a projection of visitors during the dark days of the Iron Curtain. Visitors will thus be able to contemplate the oldest known model of the Soviet “Enigma” (“Fialka”) electromechanical encryption machine, the various types of radio wave transceivers used by KGB and/or GRU secret agents (on espionage missions in the field), clandestine tape recorders, movie cameras and cameras specifically developed for use by special services.
But also exceptional uniforms, decorations, documents and relics from this dark period of recent history are also on display for a “total” immersion of visitors in the secret world of the “invisible”.

“Les invisibles de la guerre froide : KGB et Stasi” Galerie Dauphine 132-140 rue des Rosiers-94300 Saint-Ouen (inside the Dauphine marché). Every week-end until the end of August. Free entrance.

Extremely rare 10-cylinder electro-mechanical encryption/decryption machine, the “FIALKA” (USSR) allows to realize
encrypted communications. “FIALKA” means “VIOLET”. This is the early M-125 model. This device was produced from 1956 to 1990, and declassified from secrecy in 2005 (the M-125 was widely used by the Eastern bloc from 1960 to 1970). The Soviet “FIALKA” machine is known as the optimized and inviolable version of the German ENIGMA machine (3 or 4 cylinders) of World War II. The “FIALKA” machine can produce more than 590,000 billion codes! This Soviet machine N°31109 (from the KGB of Moscow) is the oldest of the known “FIALKA” machines, with a unique character per key (this one is presented on the reference site “Crypto-museum”). There are no other known examples with a character per key. Operators in training had to sign a contract forbidding them to travel outside the USSR for 2 years. On this machine, there is a KGB seal ©Marché Dauphine – Florence Verrier


Left: Photo ID card giving Vladimir Yefimovich SEMICHASTNY, President of the KGB (USSR) from 1961 to 1967, privileges for excellent special services rendered to the USSR (dated 1992, after the fall of the USSR). Identity card with photo of Vladimir Yefimovich SEMICHASTNY’s wife (wife pictured in the book about Vladimir Yefimovich SEMICHASTNY). On the right: Passport (reisepass) of the GDR in the name of Martin RICHTER, STASI agent (appears on the list of STASI agents). GDR passport (reisepass) in the name of Renate RICHTER, Martin RICHTER’s false wife and STASI agent (appears on the list of STASI agents). Marché Dauphine – Florence Verrier