Federal Security Service

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The Federal Security Service (Russian: Federalnaya Sluzhba Bezopasnosti)[1] formerly (1994–95) Federal Counterintelligence Service, Russian internal security and counterintelligence service created in 1994 as one of the successor agencies of the Soviet-era KGB.

Vladimir Putin has been known to employ the FSB in many of the same ways as the old KGB.[2]


Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, the KGB was transformed into the FSK, or Federal Counterintelligence Service. (Federalnaya Sluzhba Kontrrazvedki) The FSK existed from 1991 until 1995, when it was transformed again into the FSB.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Federal Security Service (FSB). Encyclopedia Britannica.
  2. FSB: Vladimir Putin's immensely powerful modern-day KGB. Guardian (UK) (October 6, 2013).