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Striking mid 1970s parade uniform for a Colonel of the KGB, the Soviet committee for state security.
The KGB, short for Komitet gosudarstvennoy bezopasnosti, the Committee for State Security, was the main security agency for the Soviet Union from 1954 until 1991. As a direct successor of such preceding agencies as Cheka, NKGB, NKVD and MGB, a committee was attached to the Council of Ministers. It was the chief government agency of "union-republican jurisdiction", acting as internal security, intelligence and secret police. Similar agencies were constituted in each of the republics of the Soviet Union aside from Russia, and consisted of many ministries, state committees and state commissions.
The buttons of this uniform, two-piece with black backing, as well as the awards, approximately date the uniform to the mid to late 1970s. The set is in very good, slightly worn condition. The cloth is blue-green wool with cornflower blue piping and details on shoulder boards and along the length of the trousers legs - as well as on the 1971 dated visor cap. The collar tabs hold the standard armed forces insignia on dark blue backing. The shoulder boards feature three large golden stars each for the rank of colonel. The visor cap is made in Leningrad in 1971 and seems to be hardly even worn. Needless to say, KGB officers rarely wore their uniforms.
With a career in the Soviet state apparatus from the home front during the war until the mid 1970s, this colonel holds an impressive array of awards relating primarily to the non-military functions of the state. The Order of Lenin, a beautiful museum-grade copy, is followed by the medal "For labor distinction", "For Victory over Germany on Labor front", jubilee/commemorative awards for 20th and 30th anniversaries of the Victory, followed by the medals for the 40th and 50th anniversary of the armed forces, the medal for the 50th anniversary of the Militia and medal for Irreproachable service II class for 15 years of service in the KGB. Further below these awards are two impressive East German, GDR, orders - the Fatherland Merit Order III class and the Order of Red Banner of Labor II class. These two are accompanied by a wonderful enamel-silver Soviet-GDR Friendship badge on the lapel. The medal "100th anniversary of birth of Lenin" is the civil version. On the wearers right is a 1960s graduation badge from a Marxism-Leninism University and a museum grade copy of the KGB "Honoured employee of state security" badge.
The tunic and trousers are size 52-54 (US42) and the visor cap is a size 57 (US 7 1/8). The uniform comes with tunic, trousers and visor cap. The golden parade belt is not included but we can assist to find a similar piece. We recommend this uniform to be displayed with the 1950-1960s parade belt with gold thread. The overall condition of this uniform is excellent and a must-have for the uniform and cold war collector.
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