KGB Resurrection: Russia to revive Soviet-era KGB after Putin's party wins majority - Telegraph

12:22 Sep. 21, 2016

Russia to revive Soviet-era KGB after Putin's party wins majority - Telegraph

Sword and shield emblem of the Russian counter intelligence service (formerly KGB). (Getty Images)

Ministry for State Security would be established before Russia's 2018 presidential elections 

Russia plans effectively to revive the KGB under a massive shake-up of its security forces, a respected business daily has reported.

A State Security Ministry, or MGB, would be created from the current Federal Security Service (FSB) , and would incorporate the foreign intelligence service (SVR) and the state guard service (FSO), under the plans.

It would be handed all-encompassing powers once possessed by the KGB, the Kommersant newspaper said, citing security service sources.

Like the much-feared KGB, it would also oversee the prosecutions of Kremlin critics, a task currently undertaken by the Investigative Committee, headed by Alexander Bastrykin, a former university classmate of President Putin. 

The MGB is expected to be in operation before the 2018 presidential elections, which could see Mr Putin secure a fourth term of office that would keep him in power until 2024.

Mr Putin served as a KGB officer in Soviet-era East Germany, and is also thought to have been responsible for keeping tabs on dissidents in his hometown of Leningrad, now St Petersburg.

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