It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker.
Please white-list or disable AboveTopSecret.com in your ad-blocking tool.
Some features of ATS will be disabled while you continue to use an ad-blocker.
Say hello to the KGB, again: Russian President Vladimir Putin has reversed the decision of his predecessor, Boris Yeltsin, and reunited Russia's security agencies just as was done in the old Soviet Union.
Putin's new decree signed last week authorizing the reform was drafted, as expected with the full input and cooperation of the top commanders of the current Federal Security Service, or FSB.
Still, the reform has stirred up many old fears among Russian liberals and human rights activists. Aren't they being given some rather frightening new powers? analysts Ekaterina Dobrynina and Tamara Shkel asked in the newspaper Rossiiskaya Gazeta July 15.
Many of these fears may be misplaced as the 21st century Russia of Putin is a far cry from the fearsome communist super-state of Vladimir Ilyich Lenin and Josef Stalin in the first half of the 20th century.
Maybe its good they are getting it back. I mean the one thing you always could count on with the old Soviet Union is the streets were safe at night. Is that a bad thing?
Originally posted by Netchicken
Russia will never be any better until the people decide they don't need a strong leader, they need a JUST leader.