Contents tagged with KGB

  • Former Lukashenko's security chief accused of accepting a bribe from Russian company

    Investigation Department of the KGB of Belarus charged with taking a bribe the former Deputy Secretary of the Security Council, Andrei Vtyurin. He was detained on May 3, according to the KGB’s website.

    "The day before he was caught red-handed when receiving 148 600 US dollars from the representative of the Russian commercial structure "G" for assistance in promoting its interests in the Republic of Belarus", — said in a statement.

    The KGB said that the representative of the Russian company …

  • Latvia publishes list of KGB agents

    On December 20th, The National Archives of Latvia opened access to the KGB archives containing lists of agents of the Soviet special services.

     The files in PDF format can be found at

    The files of KGB agents in the Latvian USSR (a total of 10,612 files) have been published in alphabetical order. The archive includes the names of both active agents in the late 1980s and the excluded ones.

    In this archive, there is also general information, which was entered by the First …

  • Latvian counterintelligence warns against opening KGB archives

    The Constitution Protection Bureau (counterintelligence agency of Latvia) sent a letter to the Parliamentary Commission on Human Rights and Public Affairs and warned that the publication of the former KGB of the Latvian SSR – the so-called bags of the Cheka – will give an easy win to the countries that are not very friendly to Latvia, the Delfi news agency reports.

    The Constitution Protection Bureau (SAB) believed that the publication of the KGB archives on the Internet can create various …

  • Bulgarian deputy prime minister calls Russian Patriarch 'KGB agent'

    Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister Valeri Simeonov called Russian Patriarch Kirill of Moscow a “KGB agent” and “Russia’s cigarette metropolitan”, Radio Liberty writes.

    “He is not an orthodox cleric. He is agent Mikhailov, a second-rate Soviet KGB agent,” the Deputy Prime Minister remarked.

    According to Simeonov, the Russian patriarch has imported $14 billion worth of cigarettes into Russia since 1996.

    This was Simeonov’s response to Kirill’s statements that he was disappointed with the …

  • Lithuania suspects celebrities of working for KGB

    The Genocide and Resistance Research Center of Lithuania says that the well-known Lithuanian actor, People’s Artist of the USSR, Donatas Banionis, who passed away in 2014, as well as the Lithuanian violinist and conductor, People’s Artist of the USSR Saulius Sondeckis, who died in 2016, worked for the KGB during the Soviet period, reported by Delfi news agency, citing a statement by the center.

    The statement claims that Banionis worked in the KGB under the alias “Bronos”, and provided …

  • Belarusian KGB: Arrested Ukrainian journalist admits to being intelligence officer

    The Belarusian State Security Committee (KGB) said that the arrested Ukrainian journalist Pavlo Sharoyko has confessed to being a Ukrainian intelligence officer and working in the country under cover. This was announced by the KGB’s official spokesperson Dmitry Pobyarzhin.

    The Belarusian KGB claims that Sharoyko created an agent network with a number of Belarusian citizens, whom he paid to collect military and political intelligence information.

    “In light of his work experience as the head of …

  • Lithuania starts publishing KGB communications

    The Genocide and Resistance Research Centre of Lithuania began to publish intelligence messages from agents of the KGB Soviet special service, as stated in the press release of the organization.

    "Such documents have been preserved in large numbers in the Lithuanian special archive. Their distribution will allow society to get a more accurate picture of the activities of KGB agents," the report said.

    Reports on messages from agents operating in Lithuanian immigrant organizations, the Supreme …

  • Former Russian KGB agents have been hired to protect North Korean leader Kim Jong Un

    North Korea has hired former KGB staff as advisors to ensure the security of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun reported with reference to an unnamed source.

    According to the newspaper, around 10 former KGB employees will be consultants for Kim Jong Un’s bodyguards. It is likely that these are agents from the seventh division of the Second Chief Directorate, which was involved in counter-intelligence.

    Asahi Shimbun reports that the former Russian KGB agents were …

  • Putin visits his former KGB chief

    President Vladimir Putin visited and congratulated his former boss from the State Security Committee of the USSR (KGB), Lazar Matveyev, under whom Putin worked in Dresden in the Ministry of State Security of the German Democratic Republic (GDR) in the second half of the 1980s, RIA Novosti reported.

    Putin personally went to visit Matveyev, who lives in the Zhulebino District of Moscow, and congratulated him on his 90th birthday.

    The president visited Matveyev with two of his former colleagues …