Civil Authority and the Security Organs
Six years of perestroika failed to provide a legal mandate for, or civilian control of, the security organs of the Soviet Union. The first six months following the USSR’s collapse left little room for optimism that true reform would come soon. Throughout that period, however, intensive efforts were made to project the illusion that the state security bodies, the Interior Ministry, and the military were under direct democratic control of a partially elected parliament. The Committee for State Security (KGB) and its successor bodies, and to a lesser extent the Ministry of Internal Affairs, attempted to mask their far-reaching powers by unprecedented public relations campaigns, selective and fragmentary opening of archives, live interviews with top security officers, and public interaction with the citizenry.
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