Category Archives: Stasi

Did Vladimir Putin support anti-Western terrorists as a young KGB officer?

Putin has sworn his time as a KGB officer in Dresden was uneventful. There’s a lot of reason to doubt that claim. By Catherine Belton DRESDEN, Germany — When Vladimir Putin first arrived in Dresden as a mid-level KGB officer in 1985, East Germany was already living on borrowed time. On the verge of bankruptcy, the country was surviving with

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Stasi files: German plan to transfer files sparks concern

Germany’s parliament has voted to transfer the secret files of the Stasi, the intelligence service in communist East Germany, to the national archives despite concerns from researchers. Millions of files compiled on suspect citizens during the Cold War have been managed independently since the communist state collapsed. Officials says the files will be better preserved and still be accessible. But

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