Erstwhile CIA rival

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Last seen on: LA Times Crossword 10 Jun 2018, Sunday

Random information on the term “KGB”:

Committee for State Security of the Belarusian Soviet Socialist Republic (Russian:Комитет государственной безопасности Белорусской ССР) or KGB of BSSR was the main state security organization in the period of Byelorussian Soviet Socialist Republic, a branch of the Committee for State Security of USSR.

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The KGB of BSSR and its predecessors MGB, NKVD, GPU has played the key role in Soviet repression in Belarus, during which up to 600 thousand people were arrested and 250 thousand people were executed.

In 1948 the KGB of BSSR (at that time as the MGB of BSSR) carried out the infamous murder of Solomon Mikhoels, the leader of the Soviet Jewish community.

Chairmen of CheKa of BSSR

Chairmen of GPU under the Government of BSSR

People’s Commissars of Internal Affairs of BSSR

Ministers of State Security of BSSR

Chairmen of the KGB under the Council of Ministers of BSSR

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