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The Secret Police of Russia

Russia has a long history of intelligence and counterintelligence dating back to the formation of the infamous KGB intelligence agency in 1954. The KGB stands for Komitet Gosudarstvennoy Bezopasnosti, which translates to “Committee for State Security.” The KGB operated as an intelligence agency safeguarding and defending the Soviet Union from foreign and domestic threats from 1954 - 1991. Throughout its history, the KGB maintained its image as one of the largest and ruthless espionage networks in the entire world. At one point there were 480,000 agents working for the KGB and at least a million informants across the world. The KGB operated under a different name prior to its formal inception when it worked under Russian dictator Joseph Stalin during World War I and II. As a matter of fact, it was said that the KGB's spy network was so extensive that Stalin knew far more about the military activities of his allies – the United States, Great Britain and France – than they knew about the Soviet Union’s military.

KGB shield along with issued 9mm Makarov pistol

The KGB was known for its brutal and efficient methods. Along with collecting and analyzing different sources of intelligence like other agencies around the world, the KGB also regularly tortured people to obtain information and engaged in assassination attempts. They would search for political dissidents against the Russian regime and execute them with weapons or even poisoning. As time went on the increasing size and strength of the KGB became troublesome to countries around the world including the United States. The "Red Scare" was a period of time where the American officials and law enforcement leaders became very concerned that there was communism infiltration in the affairs of the United States and abroad. Eventually this would lead to the Cold War and the events I wrote about weeks ago with Fidel Castro in Cuba.

1970s - KGB Deputy Chairman overseeing Special Forces team of KGB

Along with their methods of collecting intelligence or political persecution, the KGB was known for employing active measures. Active measures is a form of political warfare that contains offensive programs such as assassination, espionage, propaganda, and sabotage. Active measures have been a huge component of the Russian regime since the early 1920s and even continue to be used in present day Russia. Russia would engage in active measures to influence the course of world events by supporting political movements, insurgents, wars in other parts of the world, and assassinating leaders of movements. KGB leaders believed that since the nuclear arms race had increasingly grown, military forces were not as strong as they once were. Therefore, the KGB believed they should engage in terrorism in order to influence the media or damage the infrastructure of their political opposition. The KGB was even implicated as being the perpetrators behind the assassination attempt of Pope John Paul II in 1981 in the Vatican City!

A young Vladimir Putin in the KGB circa 1970s

Putin having a discussion with other KGB counterparts

As discussed before, active measures still continue to be executed by the current Russian regime under President Vladimir Putin. It is public knowledge by now that Putin was a KGB officer prior to becoming the president of Russia. Putin worked for the KGB as a foreign intelligence officer from 1975 until 1991. He would retire from the KGB as a Colonel in 1991 following the fall of the Soviet Union, but his work was far from completed. The KGB would be dissolved in 1991 and "rebranded" to the Federal Security Service (FSB) in Russia. The FSB allegedly runs similar to the notorious KGB and even is headquartered in the old KGB building in Moscow. Putin would occupy various political positions in the Russian government, including being appointed the head of Federal Security by Boris Yeltsin.

Boris Yeltsin would resign and appoint Putin as acting President of Russia in 1999. Putin would go on to win re-election in 2004, but due to the term limits of Russia he was unable to maintain his presidency in 2008. However, he would appoint an official of his choosing and move to a Prime Minister position until 2012 when he was re-elected and hasn't left his position of power yet.

The KGB, and now the FSB, is one of the most nefarious covert intelligence agencies in the world. They continue to engage in active measures and use brutal methods of gathering intelligence. There were allegations that the Russians interfered with the 2016 United States Presidential Election because Vladimir Putin preferred Donald Trump over Hilary Clinton. There are also many documented cyber attacks against the United States infrastructure by Russian hackers. There is no doubt that Putin's history with the KGB continues to be his primary influence for running the country of Russia the way it is today. The war against Ukraine is still ongoing and continues to become worrisome for many countries around the world. Whichever side you are on, there is no denying that the civilians are the ones caught in the middle of the war and continue to lose their lives.

But the Russia propaganda machine continues in which they put out false narratives to promote the war and trick the Russian people into believing it is a good thing. There are several crazy news recordings and articles from the Russian media that I won't document here, but you can easily Brave search for them.

Sounds like active measures are still being utilized by Putin's Russian regime. The will and way of the KGB, also known as the Secret Police.


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