Tagged: Chekisti

Fox News: Discussing threats to Olympics, with Laura Ingraham

In the wake of two terrorist bombings in southern Russia ahead of the Sochi Olympic games, Laura Ingraham of Fox News interviewed me on The O’Reilly Factor. By coincidence, I was in Boston for the interview, just blocks from the site of the Boston Marathon terrorist bombing executed by two Muslim Chechens. Chechen terrorists declared open season on the Sochi...

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...

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...