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The KGB............................................................................................... ..................... ... .

The KGB was the security agency of the Soviet Union which was involved in every aspect of everyday life in the Soviet Union. The KGB wasn't established until March of 1954, but it's roots stretch back to 1917 during the Bolshevik Revolution. After a new communist government was formed during the revolution, so was an organization called Cheka, which was a Russian acronym for All-Russian Extraordinary Commission For Combating Counter-Revolution and Sabotage. With a few years and a couple of alterations this organization would turn into the Komitet gosudarstvennoi bezopasnosti, meaning the Committee of State Security, or more commonly known as the KGB. During it's run, it's main goal was to protect the Soviet regime for internal and external threats.

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Signifigance .................................................................................................................. .

The Soviet Union was in need of a intensive security and intelligence system in order to endure the political loyalty of it's citizens and promote it's goal as a super power. Some of the KGB's functions included monitoring citizens and suppressing politcal discontent. The KGB was in charge of protecting Soviet borders, guarding government officials, and enforcing security within the armed forces. The KGB was the most powerful foreign intelligene apparatus in the world. By gathering seceret miliatary, political, and technological information and with the use of propaganda, the Soviet Union was able to further their foreign policy goals.

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The KGB vs The CIA................................................ ....................................................... .

The Cold War was not only a clash between two countries, but also a clash between two intelligence services. As a result of communism collapsing in the Soviet Union, KGB files have become public domain, and senior KGB officers have started stepping out of the shadows - meaning that details about what exactly went on between the CIA and the KGB are now being surfaced. But still no has stopped to asked the question - who won? Many would say the KGB, after an American traitor gave away the secret of the atomic bomb. Although the Soviets would have eventually developed an atomic bomb with time, this was an important feat because it discredited many American organizations. It discredited not only the CIA, who claimed it would take the Soviets eight years to develop their own bomb, but also the FBI, who failed to uncover the Soviet atomic spy ring.

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Impact........................................................................................................................... .

The KGB managed counterintelligence and spying through out the world for the Soviet Union. The KGB also handled crimes within the Soviet Union such as treason and conducted innvestigations against citizens . The organization provided training in torture and warfare to Russian allies and agents. The KGB was also specialized in propaganda and disinformation. Considering the size and scope the KGB, the KGB turned into an extremely powerful organization. This eventually led to the downfall of the KGB, in 1991 it was decided that the KGB had become too powerful and was reorganized.

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