This book offers a compelling and comprehensive account of what happened to the KGB when the Soviet Union collapsed and the world's most powerful and dangerous secret police organization was uncloaked. As Amy Knight shows, the KGB was renamed and reorganized several times after it was officially disbanded in December 1991--but it was not reformed. Knight's rich and lively narrative begins with the aborted August 1991 coup, led by KGB hard-liners, and takes us through the summer of 1995, when the Russian parliamentary elections were looming on the horizon. The failed coup attempt was a setback for the KGB because it led to demands from Russian democrats for a complete overhaul of the security services. As a result, the KGB's leaders were fired, its staff reduced, and its functions dispersed among several agencies. Even the elite foreign intelligence service was subjected to budget cuts. But President Yeltsin was reluctant to press on with reforms of the security services, because he needed their support in his struggle against mounting political opposition. Indeed, by the spring of 1995, the security services had regained much of what they had lost in the wake of the August coup. Some observers were even saying that they had acquired more power and influence than the old KGB.
This story told by one of the foremost experts on the Soviet/Russian security services and enriched by face-to-face interviews with security professionals in Moscow, is crucial to understanding Russian politics in transition. It will fascinate scholars, policymakers, and general readers interested in the fate of the KGB.
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Though Gorbachev announced the abolition of the K.G.B. in 1991, Amy Knight, a Library of Congress research analyst, Johns Hopkins lecturer, and author of two previous books on the K.G.B., contends it is still very much alive. The 1991 coup attempt was a farce, she says, concocted by Gorbachev's colleagues with his knowledge. Gorbachev feigned illness during the state of emergency to appear an innocent, yet later, all coup plotters were granted amnesty or acquitted. Through court testimony, Knight shows that despite Yeltsin's outward calls for democracy, the agency still thrives under different names and through various divisions.From the Inside Flap:
"Amy Knight has provided us with another invaluable and scholarly contribution to modern espionage history. I was greatly stimulated and enlightened by this book."--John le Carré
"Amy Knight, whose considerable reputation as an analysts of Soviet security developments precedes her, has produced a comprehensive and major contribution to our understanding of the politics of transition in post-Soviet Russia."--Robert Sharlet, Union College
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Descrizione libro Princeton University Press, 1997. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. New and UNREAD paperback from bookstore stock. May contain a price sticker.; 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed! Ships same or next business day!. Codice libro della libreria 121703020036
Descrizione libro Princeton University Press, 1997. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0691017182
Descrizione libro Princeton University Press, 1997. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 0691017182
Descrizione libro Princeton University Press, Princeton, New Jersey, 1996. Condizione libro: New. Reprint. A detailed work on the KGB and the spy agency that succeeded it in the post-Soviet era. Contends that the agency continues to act like the KGB. 318 pages, abbreviations, tables & maps, notes, index. Codice libro della libreria 11224
Descrizione libro Princeton University Press, 1997. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110691017182
Descrizione libro Princeton University Press. PAPERBACK. Condizione libro: New. 0691017182 New Condition. Codice libro della libreria NEW6.1239409