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KGB

1.
the intelligence and internal-security agency of the former Soviet Union, organized in 1954 and responsible for enforcement of security regulations, protection of political leaders, the guarding of borders, and clandestine operations abroad.
Also, K.G.B.
Compare Cheka.
Origin
< Russian, for K(omitét) g(osudárstvennoĭ) b(ezopásnosti) Committee for State Security
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  • All medical and public health records were confiscated by the KGB.
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KGB

abbreviation
1.
the former Soviet secret police, founded in 1954 Compare GRU
Word Origin
from Russian Komitet Gosudarstvennoi Bezopasnosti State Security Committee
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Word Origin and History for KGB

national security agency of the Soviet Union from 1954 to 1991, attested from 1955 in English, initialism of Russian Komitet gosudarstvennoy bezopasnosti "Committee for State Security."

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KGB in Culture

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The secret police of the former Soviet Union.

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KGB

Russian Komitet Gosudarstvennoj Bezopasnosti (Committee for State Security)
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