Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Meet The New Russian Secret Police, Same As The Old Russian Secret Police

Joseph G. Goulden, author of The Death Merchant, reviewed a new book on the Russian security service called The New Nobility: The Restoration of Russia's Security State and the Enduring Legacy of the KGB (Public Affairs). The book was written by Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan.

Goulden wrote the below:

No one familiar with the security system of the old USSR expected the KGB to dry up and blow away when communism collapsed in 1991. Further, many of us doubted whatever government replaced the Soviet state would make any changes of substance in its intelligence agencies.

Skepticism is proving well-founded. Indeed, the newly constituted security services are more shadowy and powerful than was the KGB at its prime. The Federal Security Service (Federalnaya Sluzhba Bezopasnosti, or FSB) has flourished under former KGB officer Vladimir Putin - first as president, now prime minister - and the government is top-heavy with his onetime intelligence colleagues.

The book sounds interesting.

You can read the rest of the review in the The Washington Times via the below link:

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