Committee for State Security (Ukraine)

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33 Volodymyrska Street; headquarters of the KGB Administration in Kyiv. Previously it was a building of the Land Administration Government (Zemskaya Uprava)

The KGB of the Ukrainian SSR (Ukrainian: Комітет державної безпеки УРСР) was a state committee of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic and a regional predecessor of the Security Service of Ukraine, a republican part of All-Union Committee for State Security. After the adaptation of the Constitution of the Ukrainian SSR (1978), it possessed a ministerial authority.


Created on May 30, 1954, according to the ukase of Verkhovna Rada Presidium, the committee completely corresponded to the authority and organizational structure of KGB (created on March 13, 1954). Procedural powers of KGB, and its investigative jurisdiction were identified with adoption of the Criminal (1960) and the Criminal Procedural (1961) Codes of the Ukrainian SSR.

With the creation of the Security Service of Ukraine on September 20, 1991, the committee was dissolved according to the Verkhovna Rada statement "About creation of the Service of National Security of Ukraine".

According to the statement, the KGB of Ukraine was liquidated, while its employees, archives and documents were now under control of Security Service of Ukraine except for the technical divisions for encryption and communications, and the guard service. The encryption and communication service was subordinated to the Verkhovna Rada, while the guard service was transferred to the jurisdiction of the National Guard of Ukraine.


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Further reading[edit]

  • Lubyanka. Handbook. VChK-OGPU-NKVD-NKGB-MGB-MVD-KGB 1917-1960. Moscow, 1997.
  • Korovin, V. The history of domestic security agencies. Moscow, 1998.
  • Kolpakidi, A., Prokhorov, D. Foreign intelligence of Russia. Saint Petersburg, 2001.

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