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In August 1991, when forces loyal to the newly elected Russian President Boris Yeltsin emerged victorious during the failed communist putsch, protestors tore down the statue of Felix Dzerzhinsky in the square that bore his name. The statue honoring the founder of the Cheka, the communist secret police which evolved later into the KGB, symbolized Soviet power; its fall was historic. Across the street stood Lubyanka, the notorious KGB headquarters; its security police watched from the windows, loaded weapons in hand. People on the street could easily see them from the Square. The KGB did not...

 

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