Russia ‘to revive the KGB’
Russia plans effectively to revive the KGB under a massive
shake-up of its security forces, a respected business daily
A State Security Ministry, or MGB, would be created from
the current Federal Security Service (FSB) , and would
incorporate the foreign intelligence service (SVR) and the
state guard service (FSO).
It would be handed all-encompassing powers once possessed
by the KGB and oversee the prosecutions of Kremlin critics,
a task currently undertaken by the Investigative Committee,
headed by Alexander Bastrykin, a former university classmate
of President KGB Col. Putin.
Before becoming prime minister, and has often quipped
that there is no such thing as a former KGB officer.
“It’s time to get out [of the country],” wrote Elshad Babaev, a
Twitter user. “Anyone who can should take the opportunity.
”The KGB was just one of the many incarnations of the Soviet
Union’s feared secret police service, which was founded in
1917 as the Cheka.