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Early to mid 1970s parade uniform for a Praporshchik (Non-Commissioned officer) of the KGB, the Soviet committee for state security. The Praporshchik rank at NCO level was reinstated in the Soviet armed forces in the 1970s.
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, the 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.
This uniform dates to the early 1970s with tunic and breeches in deep blue-green officers issue with cornflower blue piping and matching dark blue shoulder boards with two small metal stars and matching blue piping along the length of the breeches. The awards has been added to the uniform as an example of what a 1970s KGB NCO could have worn. NB - The medal "For protection of the Public Order" is a copy. On the wearers right is a cadet school graduation badge from Suvorov military school in Minsk. The chevron on the sleeve indicate seven years of service. On the same sleeve is also a KGB armpatch. The buttons are two-piece type with black metal backing and to the best of our knowledge these are stamped 71 or 72.
The tunic and breeches are size 48 (US38-40). These are in very good condition as well. A belt is optional yet recommended for the best appearance and we would be happy to assist in finding the correct visor cap to complete the uniform.
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