Inside the KGB

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Before radioactive polonium killed former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko, he pointed an accusing finger at Moscow — in particular, at Russian President and former Soviet spy Vladimir Putin. A retired major general in the Soviet KGB and a former Moscow correspondent for Time magazine take a look inside Russian espionage.


Andrew Meier, Moscow correspondent for Time magazine from 1996 to 2001; Working on a book about the history of the KGB in the West

Oleg Kalugin, Professor at the Centre for Counterintelligence and Security Studies; Retired major general in the Soviet KGB



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