Staunton, June 15 – Captain Aleksandr Nikitin, who exposed Soviet nuclear dumping in the Arctic three decades ago, said in 2000 when someone described Vladimir Putin as a former KGB officer that “there are no former KGB officers just as there are no former German shepherds” because they are a separate species whose members cannot change their spots.
But now there appears to be an additional reason why there are so few former officers of the FSB, as the KGB is now called, and it is this: Some currently employed by that organization would like to quit but are denied the possibility to do so, according to journalist Dima Shvets in an article for Zona.Media (zona.media/article/2020/06/15/fsb
And they concluded that the only way out was to violate the rules of the FSB or to suffer some physical problem or to die. Otherwise, they would remain not just secret servants but indentured ones.
It is impossible to say just how widespread such feeling are, but the comments of these two suggest they are more common than the public image of the FSB as a totally united organization is – and that could mean that in a crisis, it might prove less totally reliable than the Kremlin – and even its opponents – typically assume.