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    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
    has reported.

    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.


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