Russia: President Putin Cracks Down

Critics worry he'll wound democracy

Valeri N. Velichko, 55, is a proud former officer of the KGB, the infamous secret police of the Soviet Union. In 1991 he was booted out of the agency after joining hardliners in a botched coup, intended to prevent the USSR's collapse. But times have changed. Now Velichko, a physicist who once guarded the secrets of Soviet rocketry, serves on a blue ribbon advisory panel to the Federal Security Service (FSB), the KGB's successor agency. That puts Velichko on the cutting edge of changes coming to Russia.

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