KGB (transliteration of "КГБ") is the Russian-language abbreviation for State Security Committee, (Russian:  Комите́т Госуда́рственной Безопа́сности (info ē help); Komitet Gosudarstvennoy Bezopasnosti).

From March 13, 1954 to November 6, 1991 KGB was the main name for the main Soviet security agency, intelligence agency or spy agency, and the secret police agency. Roughly, the KGB had similar function to those exercised by the United States' Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the counterintelligence (internal security) division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Federal Protective Service, and the Secret Service. Its powers were less controlled by law than these American agencies.

The history of Russia would be half complete without the history of the Russian secret police. Without this criminal organization, Russia could not exist - since its foundator, tsar Ivan  the Terrible (1530-84), Oprichnina (Oprichniki), later Ochran(k)a, through Soviet Union (GPU, NKVD, KGB etc.) up to Vladimir Putin, the former KGB agent . This traditional force is driven by the nationalism of Great Russians, not by a political motivation, such as the communistic ideology.

KGB, GPU, NKVD, Ochran(k)a, Cheka etc. References

Author

Lang.

Date

Book Title

Publisher

Pages

ISBN

HINGLEY, Ronald

E

1970

The Russian Secret Police

Hutchinson

305

978-0091041403
0091041406

 

D

1972

Die russische Geheimpolizei

Hestia Verlag Bayreuth

400

3777000833

BARRON, John

E

1983

KGB Today. The Hidden Hand

Readerís Digest Press, N.Y.

489

0883491648

 

E

1974

KGB: The secret Work of Soviet Secret Agents

Readerís Digest Press, N.Y.
Hodder & Stoughton, London; Bantam Books

 

623

978-0553202540

0553202545

 

E

1980

MIG Pilot. The Final Escape of Lieutenant Belenko

Readerís Digest Press, N.Y.; McGraw-Hill

224

978-0070038509
0070038503

BLOCH, Sidney + Peter REDDAWAY

E

 

1977

 

Russiaís Political Hospitals;
Foreword by Vladimir Bukowsky

Futura Publications Ltd., London, GB; paper

510

 

0708814182

 

E

1977

Psychiatric Terror. How Soviet Psychiatry Is Used To Suppress Dissent.

Basic Books, N. Y., bond

510

0465064884

 

KGB:

http://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/KGB

Books by Hingley, Ronald:

http://www.bookfinder.com/author/ronald-hingley

Other links:

http://www.nkvd.org/

 

http://www.nkvd.org/en/index.html

Ivan the Terrible (1530-84):

http://encarta.msn.com/encyclopedia_761561311/ivan_iv_vasilyevich.html

Vladimir Putin:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vladimir_Putin