Appearances in fiction:
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- Briefly referenced in The Hunt for Red October.
- Battle Field 3 features GRU agent Dmitri Mayakovsky as a playable character for two missions.
- The Archives stage of GoldenEye (1997) takes place in a GRU office where James Bond and Natalya had been taken for interrogation.
- Plays a role in Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater. The main villain is a Colonel at the GRU, with Revolver Ocelot working under him.
- Team Fortress 2 has the Gloves of Running Urgently for the Heavy, who is Russian.
- SCP Foundation has GRU Division "P", a division of the GRU dedicated to the study of the paranormal. It existed throughout the Cold War, but was severely weakened following The Great Politics Mess-Up, after which several members defected to other paranormal-related groups and the Foundation seized many of their anomalous items.
- Resident The Venture Bros. Russian femme-fatale Molotov Cocktease attempts to train Hank and Dean so that Brock Sampson will no longer suffer the indignity of being the Venture family bodyguard. Their textbook: a GRU Spetznaz field manual.