New Alias, Old Tricks

The very initials made people quail. The Soviet Union's Committee for State Security -- the KGB -- was not just an intelligence agency: it was a terrifying, repressive secret-police monolith that controlled the lives of ordinary Soviet citizens and most of the country's leaders, and fought in the trenches of the cold war as well. When the U.S.S.R. broke up in late 1991, so did the KGB, though some say the vast organization has simply metastasized. As Secretary of State Warren Christopher noted last week, Moscow's intelligence service "may have changed its name, but it has probably not changed its method...

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