A Letter From The Publisher: Feb. 14, 1983

The KGB, the Soviet secret police and espionage agency, is the world's largest information-gathering organization and certainly its most mysterious. For this week's cover story on the shadowy secret service that nurtured the Soviet Union's new leader, Yuri Andropov, TIME correspondents employed their own resourceful information-gathering techniques. In a dozen capitals, they pieced together anecdotes and insights from intelligence agents, diplomats, academic specialists and members of the Russian émigré community. In London, TIME'S Frank Melville met with Defector Vladimir Kuzichkin, a former KGB major. Washington Correspondent Christopher Redman talked...

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