posted on Jun, 14 2010 @ 01:23 AM
People always blame the KGB for Russian involvement, however the apparent fact of the matter is the KGB has not existed since 1991 when they fell
Here is some history I have found while digging for answers.
Moreover, expecting to succeed Stalin as leader of the USSR, the ambitious head of the MVD (Ministry of Internal Affairs), Lavrentiy Beria merged
the MGB and the MVD on Stalin's death in 1953. Anticipating a coup d'etat, the Presidium swiftly eliminated Beria with treasonous charges of
"criminal anti-Party and anti-state activities" and executed him. In the event, the MGB was renamed KGB and detached from the MVD.
MGB = (Ministry for State Security)
So when the Ministry of State Security was removed from the Ministry of Internal Affairs, it was renamed the KGB.
But in 1991, the KGB ceased to exist.
In the 1980s, the glasnost liberalisation of Soviet society provoked KGB Chairman Vladimir Kryuchkov (1988–91) to lead the August 1991 Soviet
coup d'état attempt to depose President Mikhail Gorbachev. By then, however, Soviet society's disrespect for the KGB had (among other reasons)
exhausted popular support for the régime of the CPSU. The thwarted coup d'état ended the KGB on 6 November 1991. The KGB's successors are the
secret police agency FSB (Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation) and the espionage agency SVR (Foreign Intelligence Service).
So the KGB dissolved. And it became two new agencies essentially.
The FSB and the SVR.
The FSB is involved in counter-intelligence, internal and border security, counter-terrorism, and surveillance. Its headquarters are on Lubyanka
Square, downtown Moscow, the same location as the former headquarters of the KGB.
In late 1991 the domestic security functions of the KGB were reconstituted as the Federal Counterintelligence Service (FSK), which was placed
under the control of the president. The FSK had been known initially for some time as the Ministry of Security. In 1995, the FSK was renamed and
reorganized into the FSB by the Federal Law of April 3, 1995, "On the Organs of the Federal Security Service in the Russian Federation", granting it
additional powers, enabling it to enter private homes and to conduct intelligence activities in Russia as well as abroad in cooperation with the
Russian Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR)
The Foreign Intelligence Service (Russian: Служба Внешней Разведки Sluzhba Vneshney Razvedki or SVR) is Russia's primary
external intelligence agency. The SVR is the successor of First Chief Directorate (FCD) of the KGB since December 1991
In 1996, the SVR issued a CD-ROM in 1996 entitled Russian Foreign Intelligence: VChK-KGB-SVR, which claims to provide "a professional view on the
history and development of one of the most powerful secret services in the world" where all these services are presented as a single evolving
I added emphasis to some quotes.
Now with this information at hand, isn't it funny how uninformed and ignorant even we here at ATS are? Most of us here talk like the KGB still
I suppose now we will have to change it for technicality, and call them the SVR or the FSB.
Also, for anyone reading this, I would like to also share information about the GRU because it is very important. GRU Stands for "Main Intelligence
The GRU is Russia's largest foreign intelligence agency . It deploys six times as many agents in foreign countries as the SVR,
which is the KGB intelligence successor. It also commanded 25,000 Spetsnaz troops in 1997.
Here is a thread I wrote about the GRU last year that wasn't too popular.
This is important stuff people!
We need to learn our facts so we can better understand the world of secret agents.