Staunton, January 28 – The RuCriminal Info Telegram Channel, citing a sources in the government, says that the Russian Security Council is planning to combine all the country’s intelligence services into a single super-ministry like the Ministry of State Security which existed between 1946 and 1953 (t.me/rucriminalinfo/4784).
The telegram channel says that this is being done alongside plans to amend the constitution to give the Security Council greater control over the security agencies by putting them under a single individual responsible to the head of the Council. Such plans have been reported before but nothing has come of them (rusmonitor.com/kak-pri-staline-v-rf-sozdadut-mgb-na-baze-fsb-fso-i-svr.html).
But that is far from clear even given Vladimir Putin’s obvious admiration for Stalinist methods. After all, the concentration of power in the hands of a single security chief would represent a threat to himself and others. After all, that is one of the main reasons Stalin’s successors broke it up in 1953.