The KGB and Soviet Foreign Policy *
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This chapter is concerned primarily with the Komitet gosudarstvennoy bezopasnosti (KGB)'s role in Soviet domestic politics and society, this role cannot be properly understood without taking into consideration the KGB's involvement in foreign affairs. Before turning to the KGB's operations abroad it should be noted that the CD plays an important support role in the regime's intelligence operations. Although the KGB, not surprisingly, avoids direct involvement with terrorist operations, it plays an important role in diverting aid to these groups and providing the Soviet leadership with intelligence reports on their activities. The fact that V. M. Chebrikov makes frequent, publicized trips to satellite countries reinforces the impression of close ties between the KGB and satellite services. It is important to stress that Soviet active measures involve not only the KGB and satellite intelligence services but also several other Soviet agencies, which all participate in a coordinated effort to further Soviet policy objectives.