Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War show that

at least some members of the the U.S.S.R.'s military command, such as Vasily Karpov, were also members of Hydra.

Do we know how deep

Hydra was in the Soviet government? Were they totally enveloped, like they were with S.H.I.E.L.D., or did they only control a few key players?

Or was it somewhere in-between?

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    Because Hydra is invisible, Hydra is powerful, Hydra is everywhere. Hail Hydra! – Taladris May 8 '16 at 8:43
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    Hydra after World War II survived because the founders of SHIELD spared the lives of the surrendered and chose to use their scientific and technological expertise for the greater good, believing they have changed for the better. This allows the survivors to retain Hydra's philosophy and infiltrate into SHIELD, using it as a front while its true self remains hidden. – thegreatjedi May 9 '16 at 17:28
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    By comparison, German prisoners of war are treated very harshly by the Soviets - virtually all are condemned to work to death in the gulags. That gives Hydra survivors captured by the Soviet Union a much worse chance of surviving to rise again, unless the USSR did a similar thing to what SHIELD did. Barring that, it seems more likely that Hydra-in-SHIELD would have dispatched agents to infiltrate into the USSR and build a network from scratch, rather than use most-likely-dead compatriots captured by the Soviet Union. – thegreatjedi May 9 '16 at 17:31
  • Thing is Soviet paranoia and control over population would made any infiltration on the territory of USSR by foreign agent next to impossible. – Yasskier May 9 '16 at 20:49

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