The KGB, Perestroika, and the Collapse of the Soviet Union

  title={The KGB, Perestroika, and the Collapse of the Soviet Union},
  author={A Knight},
  journal={Journal of Cold War Studies},
  • A. Knight
  • Published 24 January 2003
  • Political Science
  • Journal of Cold War Studies
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