Soviet Intelligence History
Research Group

Members should be willing to share their research into Soviet intelligence history. They can share: Topics they are working on at the time or their projected research; Questions on which they need support in relation to their research; Research resources to inform other members about (useful archives, recent publications, valuable research contacts); Successes and challenges in researching Soviet intelligence (new revelations or connections, successes or struggles in accessing Russian archives, etc.); Their own publications. Members may bring a recent publication or a research proposal to a meeting and propose that the members read it and prepare notes on it for discussion during the next meeting. Members should be respectful and polite to each other. To join the SIHRC you must speak Russian.

The co-founders of SIHRG are Professors Kevin Riehle and Filip Kovacevic. Kevin Riehle is an associate professor at the National Intelligence University. He has spent over 29 years in the U.S. government as a counterintelligence analyst studying foreign intelligence services. He received a PhD in War Studies from King’s College London, an MS in Strategic Intelligence from the Joint Military Intelligence College, and a BA in Russian and Political Science from Brigham Young University. He has published on a variety of intelligence and counterintelligence topics, focusing on the history of Soviet and Eastern Bloc intelligence services. Filip Kovacevic (PhD, University of Missouri, 2002) is an adjunct professor in the Departments of Politics and International Studies at the University of San Francisco, where he was the first to design and teach a course in intelligence studies. He has lectured and taught at universities across Europe, the Balkans, the former USSR, and the U.S, including two years at the first liberal arts college in Russia, Smolny College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in St. Petersburg. Dr. Kovacevic specializes in Russian and Eurasian intelligence history and spy fiction and his current research includes the publications of Soviet and Russian intelligence authors and historians.

Those interested in becoming members of the Soviet Intelligence History Research Group should email Kevin Riehle ( or Filip Kovacevic ( by December 31, 2020 with a short description of their professional background.