KGB: Death and Rebirth

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 1994 - History - 227 pages
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It was official. In 1991, two months after an abortive coup in August, the KGB was pronounced dead. But was it really? In "KGB: Death and Rebirth," Martin Ebon, a writer long engaged in the study of foreign affairs, maintains that the notorious secret police/espionage organization is alive and well. He takes a penetrating look at KGB predecessors, the KGB at the time of its supposed demise, and the subsequent use of segmented intelligence forces such as border patrols and communications and espionage agencies. Ebon points out that after the Ministry of Security resurrected these domestic KGB activities, Yevgeny Primakov's Russian Foreign Intelligence Service (FIS) assumed foreign policy positions not unlike its predecessor's. Even more important, Ebon argues, spin-off secret police organizations--some still bearing the KGB name--have surfaced, wielding significant power in former Soviet republics, from the Ukraine to Kazakhstan, from Latvia to Georgia.

How did the new KGB evolve? Who were the individuals responsible for recreating the KGB in its new image? What was the KGB's relationship with Mikhail Gorbachev during his regime? Did Boris Yeltsin plan a Russian KGB, even before the August coup? What has been the role of KGB successor agencies within the independence movements in Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia? How has Yevgeny Primakov influenced foreign intelligence activity? What is the role of the FIS in Iran? What does the future hold? Martin Ebon meets these provocative questions head-on, offering candid, often surprising answers and new information for the curious--or concerned--reader. While the Cold War is over, Ebon cautions, the KGB has retained its basic structure and goals under a new name, and it would be naive to believe otherwise.

 

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I picked up this book with sigh--not another "now it can be told about the USSR story''--but found myself fully engrossed in this tale of the post-1989 KGB. From the inside story of the 1991 anti ... Read full review

Contents

Three Days in August
3
Bewildered Rigid Mastermind
11
EverNew Image Making
22
The GorbachevKGB Connection
36
Months of Transition
45
KGB Camelot Bakatin Interlude
47
Bugs in the US Embassy
58
The Maxwell Enigma
66
Baltic Turmoil
115
Bonds That Separate
128
Transcaucasus Tragedies
140
Central Asian Chessboard
154
Today and Tomorrow
171
Border Guards in Disarray
173
Foreign Intelligence Modernized
185
Top Target Iran
196

Traitor into Hero
74
Missing Archives Beyond Wallenberg
82
Rapid Rebirth
91
Boris Yeltsins KGB
93
Whose Codes? Whose Ciphers?
107
Under Whatever Name
208
Selected Bibliography
219
Index
221
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MARTIN EBON served with the U.S. Office of War Information during World War II. He was subsequently on the staff of the Foreign Policy Association and, during the Korean War, was with the U.S. Information Agency. Ebon has lectured on world affairs and communist tactics, in particular, at New York University and the New School for Social Research. He is the author or editor of more than sixty books, and his numerous articles have appeared in such publications as the New York Times, Psychology Today, and the International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence.

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