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Komitet Gosudarstvennoy Bezopasnosty (KGB)

Literally Committee for State Security. The name of the Soviet political police from 1954. The KGB was responsible for the harsh internal security system of the Soviet Union and external espionage; it was deeply involved in the Cold War. Its involvement in the 1991 coup attempt against Mikhail Gorbachev led to its dissolution.

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