Russian & Eastern European Keys

Some examples of Russian and Eastern European telegraph keys.

(For East German keys, please visit the German Keys page)

(Click the thumbnails below to view a larger picture):


Early Russian Postal Key Close-up of Marking on Russian Key Bulgarian Postal Key Another Bulgarian Postal Key
Early Polish Key that Resembles a Swedish Design Unusual Russian Key With Multiple Switches. Application Unknown Another View of the Russian Key With Switches Third View of the Russian Key With Switches
Early Russian Postal Key Dated 1937 Close-up of the Postal Key Nameplate. Key Was Made by Main Directorate of Low Current Industry Postal Key From Ukraine. Has 2 Adjustment Springs Another View of the Ukrainian Key
Postal Style Key From Ukraine Another View of the Ukranian Key Russian Postal Style Key Unknown Eastern European Key on Wood Base
Russian Key on Wooden Base Nameplate on Russian Key Tall Handle Russian Key. Possibly Used With a Spark Transmitter. Maker Unknown Miniature Japanese Field Set Key That Was Also Used by the Russian Army as Part of their "Sever" Spy Radio Set
Another View of the "Sever" Key With the Cover Lifted Soviet Military Key Inside of Key Showing Filtering Components Pre-WW2 Yugoslavian Key
Russian Navy Key. Ca. Late 1940s Russian Navy Type R-101 Key Used With Type 102 Radio The Russian R-101 Key With the Cover Removed The R101 Key Has Components Inside the Base to Filter Out Key Clicks
Soviet Military Key With Cover Key With Cover Open The Key Base Contains a Filter for Noise Reduction The Key is Most Often Found Without the Filter-Base Attachment
Another Version of the Same Key Inside a Metal Box With a Switching Mechanism Picture of the Russian Key With the Metal Cover Removed The Underside of the Key Showing the Switching Mechanism Russian KDM Sideswiper Key
Inside the KDM Sideswiper KDM-2 Sideswiper The KDM-2 With the Cover Removed Soviet Army Key Type B12
Another Soviet Army Key With Multiple Switches Close-Up of the Nameplate Russian P-16 Key Russian Key With Cover and Cyrillic Code Plate
Top View Showing the Cyrillic Morse Code View of the Key With the Cover Open Inside the P-16 Key Hungarian Army Key by Mechlabor (Mechanical Laboratory)
Czechoslovakian Military Key Inside the Czech Key Inside the Hungarian Key Key & Tape Reader From Russian R-350 Spy Set, With Stylus & Crank Handle
The Slots On Top of the Key Can Quickly Send Morse Numbers Using the Attached Stylus Also, a Strip of 35mm Camera Film, Pre-Punched With Code, Can Be Fed Through the Key to Quickly Send a Message The Film Punch Instrument Used to Encode a Message on 35mm Film Using the Crank Handle to Feed the Encoded Message on the Film Through the Key
Key From a Tupolev TU-16 Bomber. 1950's Top View of the TU-16 Bomber Key Russian Open-Frame Key With Filter Capacitors Unknown Small Russian Key. Possibly from a Military Field Set
Another View of the Russian Key Showing its Small Size Russian Type KL-2 in Metal Enclosure The Russian Type KL-2 Outside the Box Russian Key Marked "NIMIST" (In Cyrillic)
Close-up of the "NIMIST" Name Russian Army Key in Tall Metal Box Inside the Tall Box Key Unknown Russian or German Key
Russian Key on Plastic Base Small Russian Key Used On Airplanes Tope View of the Small Russian Airplane Key Soviet Cosmonaut Key
Article About the Cosmonaut Key Inexpensive Radio Key on Plastic Base Plastic Base Key With Marking on Base Close-Up of the Marking
Wood Base Key With Maker's Label on Base Close-Up of the Label Another Inexpensive Key on Wooden Base Wood Based Key With Russian Marking on Side
Small Wooden Based Russian Key Underside of the Key Showing the Maker's Marking Bulgarian Army Key Nameplate on Bulgarian Key
Bulgarian Military Key Enclosed in Metal Box Underside of the Bulgarian Military Key Small Bulgarian Fold-Out Key From a Military Field Set A Picture of the Fold-Out Key in the Open Position
The Back Side of the Field Set Key Russian Sideswiper Used With EKM-3B Electronic Keyer Unknown Russian Key Mini Key Used By Russians & Other Eastern European Countries
Inside the Mini Key Soviet Practice Key by OTK. Ca. 1960s Russian Navy Code Practice Set Underside of the Practice Set Showing the Russian Navy Markings
Bulgarian Key With Cyrillic Morse Code on Cover Inside the Bulgarian Key Yugoslav Army Type TS-1 Inside the Type TS-1
Yugoslav Army Type TS-3 Another View of the TS-3 Key Yugoslav Army TS-4 Practice Key With Oscillator The Manual for the TS-4 Practice Key. Dated 1982
RU-20 Key Used With the Russian PRC-515 Radio Set Key for Mounting on the Edge of a Table Another View of the Russian Table-Mounted Key Inexpensive Plastic Base Key
Polish Radio Key Back Side of the Polish Key Russian Practice Key With Built-In Oscillator Inside the Russian Key Showing the Oscillator and Speaker
Russian Key With Swirly Looking Plastic Base Soviet Radio Key on Acrylic Base Another View of the Acrylic Base Key Russian Amateur Key With Numerous Holes in the Lever
  Colorful Russian Key Assembled on a Clear Lucite Base. Inside the Base is an Audio Oscillator Top View of the Colorful Lucite Based Key  





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