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What does KGB stand for?

If you have watched any of the old James Bond movies and other spy movies from the 70s and 80s, you must have heard the word KGB.

The KGB was a National Security Agency that operated under the old Soviet Union from 1954 to 1991. KGB was to Soviet Union, as British Secret Service is to England, or CIA is to the United States.

The acronym KGB means Komitet Gosudarstvennoy Bezopasnosti. If you get out your Russian-English dictionary you will see that it translates to something like Committee for State Security.

So now you will know what KGB stands for when you watch old spy movies, or read about the Soviet Union or the Cold War of the not so distant past.


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