... 1991 (20 years ago today), the Committee for State Security, known by its Russian acronym, KGB, was dissolved by the Soviet Union, a 7-decades-old regime itself in process of dissolution. Time magazine had described the intelligence agency a few years earlier:
The world's largest spy and state-security machine, the KGB employs more than 500,000 people, including thousands of agents abroad. The agency has long been the stuff of shadowy legend, its name synonymous with terror and its doors shut tightly to the public.
One KGB alumnus is Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, the once and would-be future President of Russia. (emblem credit)
(Prior October 11 posts are here, here, here, and here.)