Tagged: Chekisti

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...

Russia’s security services: A cheklist for reform

Perspective, Vol. VII, No. 1, September-October 1997 By J. MICHAEL WALLER American Foreign Policy Council Protection of human rights, according to Russian law, is the first duty of the security and intelligence services of the post-Soviet state. Even more, the “special services” or “organs,” as they are called, are under new legal checks and balances to minimize abuse and maximize...

The KGB and its ‘successors’

The KGB & Its ‘Successors’ Perspective, Vol. IV, No. 4, April-May 1994 By J. MICHAEL WALLER American Foreign Policy Council Download PDF: KGB & Successors Perspective Apr-May 94 In July 1918, a Bolshevik commissar pointed to the lack of controls over the Cheka security organs and warned that unless the party limited the Cheka’s powers, “We shall have a state within...

KGB: The perils of arbitrary power

KGB: The Perils of Arbitrary Power Perspective, Vol. II, No. 1, September 1991 By J. MICHAEL WALLER Institute for the Study of Conflict, Ideology & Policy “The KGB is everywhere, in everything, and that itself frustrates democracy.” Former KGB Maj. Gen. Oleg Kalugin(1) “We have had as much democratization as we can stomach.” KGB Chairman Vladimir Kryuchkov(2) In trying to...