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Committee for State Security (Russian: Комитет государственной безопасности) was a security agency in the Soviet Union, responsible for counter-intelligence, internal security and having some police features. KGB in some part was also responsible for foreign espionage.

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Was the KGB, at least after 1975, actually an effective institution? [closed]

There were several major events that the KGB either failed to predict or misjudged, e.g., it underestimated the Solidarity movement in Poland failed to predict the fall of the Berlin Wall did not ...
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Were the NKVD hated by the regular army like the SS was?

I remember reading about how the Wehrmacht and the SS soldiers never got along, and I was wondering if it was the same way in the Soviet Union, with the regular Red Army not liking the NKVD?
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In the Soviet Union, why was the Cheka renamed so many times?

The Cheka was the secret police of the USSR. Wikipedia maintains a list of the Cheka and its subsequent renamings: 1917: Cheka 1922: GPU 1923: OGPU 1934: NKVD 1941: NKGB 1941: NKVD (again) 1943: NKGB ...
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Why was the Imre Nagy government deported to Romania?

After the 1956 Hungarian upgrising, the KGB briefly deported Imre Nagy and his closest followers (Donáth, Lukács, etc.) to Romania. I understand that the Soviet Union would have wanted to remove Nagy ...
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What would be a typical rank for KGB intelligence officers spying abroad in the 1980s?

What would be typical ranks of KGB officers spying in the West during the 1980s? I know some Western spies were recruited by the KGB, that after defecting to the Soviet Union got/had ranks in the KGB ...
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