The radio room is located in room 306 in the Rezidentura and is dedicated to the reception and transmission of encrypted radio signals and diplomatic cables. It is staffed by the radio operator.
The radio room is very small and filled with electronic equipment, a typewriter and a small desk. It is barely big enough to accommodate two people.
Acting as a direct link to The Center, it is where all urgent, highly-classified communications are exchanged with Moscow.
There are only ever two people in the room, the person dictating the message, and the radio room operator. The door remains locked when in use and may only be disturbed in the event of an emergency. Arkady Zotov and Tatiana Vyazemtseva are two KGB officers who have used the room.
There are at least three different radio operators working at the Rezidentura, all males. Being privy to all of the embassy's classified communications would presumably require a high security clearance, making the role more than that of just a typist. They are required to encrypt and decrypt all messages sent or received via telegram and number stations.
|The Americans Locations|
|Clandestine call center • Dupont Circle Travel • Federal Bureau of Investigation • Fort Detrick • Radio room • Reed Street Church • Soviet research facility • USAMRIID|