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  • Russian President Dmitry Medvedev speaks to the Cabinet at a meeting, in Moscow's Kremlin, Tuesday, June 29, 2010. (AP photo/RIA Novosti, Vladimir Rodionov, Presidential Press Service)

    Medvedev widens powers of KGB successor agency

    Russia has broadened the authority of the Federal Security Service, the KGB's main successor agency, giving it Soviet-style repressive powers in a move critics say could be used to stifle protests and intimidate government opponents.

  • ** FILE ** Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (AP Photo)

    Russian security agency given new powers

    The upper house of Russia's parliament on Monday passed a bill granting expanded powers to the country's main security agency, a move that critics say echoes the era of the Soviet KGB.

  • **FILE ** A Baltimore County Police car (AP Photo/Steve Ruark)

    Spies exchanged in Vienna

    The swap of 10 Russian agents for four prisoners was the largest prisoner transfer of its kind since the 1980s, when U.S. and Soviet bloc spies and agents were traded over the bridge separating the American sector of West Berlin from communist East Germany.

  • Illustration: Spy in custody by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

    TYRRELL: A curious crowd

    Well, well, well - now it appears that even Soviet - strike that! - Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is afflicted by the general mediocrity of the moment. There was never any reason to doubt that the Soviet grasp of the third-rate and meretricious should not survive into the Russian renaissance. A Zil, the cumbersome Soviet limousine, is still a Zil - and no one ever buys a Russian computer if there is one or a Russian hamburger.

  • In this courtroom sketch, Anna Chapman, left, Vicky Pelaez, second from left, the defendant known as "Richard Murphy," center, the defendant known as "Cynthia Murphy," second from right, and the defendant known as "Juan Lazaro" are seen in Manhattan federal court in New York, Monday, June 28, 2010. The Murphys, Lazaro, and Pelaez are among the 10 people the FBI arrested Monday for allegedly serving for years as secret agents of Russia's intelligence organ, the SVR, with the goal of penetrating U.S. government policymaking circles. (AP Photo/Elizabeth Williams)

    U.S. intel braces for Kremlin blowback as result of spy case

    U.S. intelligence agencies are on alert for retaliation by Moscow, including a mass arrest of U.S. diplomats or intelligence officers who could then be used in a swap for 10 people arrested on suspicion of roles as Russian deep-cover spies posing as Americans.

  • BOOKS: 'Spies: The Rise and Fall of the KGB'

    I've reviewed intelligence books for decades. "Spies" is truly the best read yet.

  • Spymaster. Washington, D.C., Thursday, April 23, 2009. (Rod Lamkey Jr. / The Washington Times)

    BOOKS: Story of gradual disillusionment

    One of the more interesting figures in Washington's international intelligence community is a gregarious former KGB major general who spent much of his professional life trying to topple Western governments in favor of a Soviet dictatorship.

  • Inside the Ring

    China controls

  • A poisoned dissident

    It is no exaggeration to declare that Vladimir Putin's Russia is a true "spookocracy," a government dominated by members and veterans of intelligence services, what Reuel Marc Gerecht calls a "unique corporate, capitalist police-state."

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