Category: KGB

Concerning the Soviet security and intelligence services, known from 1959-1991 as the Committee for State Security (KGB). Also see “Chekisti” of the Russian Federation.

Anniversary of two articles: Foresight in hindsight

This weekend marks the anniversary of two articles that I wrote concerning Russia. They were about the future, based on learning from the past. About foresight. They weren’t anything special, really. What made them significant was that they examined and interpreted facts that most people didn’t want to know or discuss. The first article, written in 1999 for Insight magazine,...

In Forbes: Die-hard KGB men are still planting forged documents to pollute our thinking

“A once-feared KGB general now sits on suicide watch in a Vienna jail, a tawdry end to terrible tale. His strange story—worthy of a thriller—is a case study of how the former KGB uses forged documents to influence Western reporters, diplomats and politicians.” That’s the lead of my piece in Forbes, published September 3, which focuses on a former KGB...

Investor’s Business Daily: Celebrating 96 years of gangster government in Russia

Headlined “Putin Celebrates Birth of KGB, USSR’s Hated Spy Service,” in Investor’s Business Daily, December 21-23, 2013. by J Michael Waller The bloody birth of the most murderous secret police in history occurred 96 years ago and is being celebrated across Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Always feared, the KGB is now revered. “In the past, the services worked for the Communist...

Cult of personality and satire surround Putin’s 60th birthday

The Russian government is outdoing itself with a Cult of Personality campaign to mark the 60th anniversary of strongman Vladimir Putin – an event that coincides with the sixth anniversary of the unsolved murder of Kremlin critic Anna Politkovskaya. The former KGB man, once known among his colleagues by the nickname “Stasi” for his work with the East German secret...

RFE/RL managers did more damage than KGB, Russian human rights figures say

Russia’s most distinguished human rights leaders blasted the managers of US government-sponsored broadcasting into the Russian Federation, saying that the managers did more harm than the KGB ever could. The unusual – and harsh – attack came after Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty President Steven Korn suddenly purged the Russian language service of its veteran correspondents, editors and announcers. Korn is...

Text of KGB Chairman’s memo to Andropov about US senator

The following is the translated text of a classified memorandum from KGB Chairman Viktor Chebrikov (pictured) to Soviet Communist Party chief and former KGB chairman Yuri Andropov, dated May 14, 1983. I will hand out a photocopy of the original Russian document in class. KGB is the Russian initials for “Committee for State Security.” In the memo, the KGB Chairman...

Canada cites Dr Waller in deportation of Russian ‘illegal’ spy

(Institute of World Politics news release) The Canadian Security and Intelligence Service (CSIS) extensively cited Dr Waller in support of its request for a Montreal court to hold an alleged Russian “illegal” spy. The alleged Russian deep-cover agent, who goes by the assumed name Paul William Hampel, is being held under a rarely-used “security certificate” so that he can be...

Introduction to dismantling a secret police state

Ilan Berman of the American Foreign Policy Council and J. Michael Waller edited a series of articles on the legacies of totalitarian secret police systems. Those articles were published in August, 2004, in Demokratizatsiya: The Journal of Post-Soviet Democratization. Berman and Waller co-wrote the following introduction to the series: When a totalitarian group seizes power, whether by parliamentary maneuver or by...

Tropical chekists: The Sandinista secret police legacy in Nicaragua

by J. Michael Waller Demokratizatsiya: The Journal of Post-Soviet Democratization, Summer 2004 As a revolutionary regime, the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) that overthrew strongman Anastasio Somoza in 1979 swept away all vestiges of the old order. Virtually every single government structure, including the constitution, judiciary, legislature, and all instruments of security and force, was demolished and replaced with an...

Russia: Death and Resurrection of the KGB

Russia: Death and Resurrection of the KGB J Michael Waller Demokratizatsiya: The Journal of Post-Soviet Democratization, Summer 2004      “We represent in ourselves organized terror–this must be said very clearly.” Feliks Dzerzhinsky, founder of Cheka   The roots of all of the most efficient political police systems in modern history can be traced to December 20, 1917. On that...