Cold War Secrets by Mark Wilson

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In cryptography, Fialka (M-125) is the name of a Cold War-era Soviet cipher machine. A rotor machine, the device uses 10 rotors, each with 30 contacts along with mechanical pins. “Fialka” means “violet” in Russian. Information regarding the machine was quite scarce until circa 2005 because the device had been kept secret.

Fialka contains a five-level paper tape reader on the right hand side at the front of the machine, and a paper tape punch and tape printing mechanism on top. The punched-card input for keying the machine is located on the left hand side.

This example is currently on display at Bletchley Park near Milton Keynes, home of the Enigma code breakers of World War II.

From the same collection as Kezboard


ciphers, codes, cold, competition, computer, cryptograph, cyphers, fialka, keyboard, russia, soviet, typewriter, ussr, war


  • Ashley Ng
    Ashley Ngover 6 years ago

    Ooh, an advanced Enigma…

  • Love Through The Lens
    Love Through T...over 6 years ago

    Very interesting piece of history, great picture!

  • Rickyd
    Rickydover 6 years ago

    beautiful focus and detail

  • Patricia L. Ballard
    Patricia L. Ba...over 6 years ago

    Wow! Can you imagine what they would have done with computers.

  • Steven  Sandner
    Steven Sandnerover 6 years ago


  • RichardV
    RichardVover 6 years ago

    Great historical capture Mark.

  • Scott Bosworth
    Scott Bosworthover 6 years ago

    Amazing textures…

  • Micky McGuinness
    Micky McGuinnessover 6 years ago

    lovely well framed shot with nice sharp focus

  • Barbara Morrison
    Barbara Morrisonabout 6 years ago

    Great photo! Right out of a James Bond movie!

  • Di Dowsett
    Di Dowsettabout 6 years ago

    wicked shot, love it!

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