Vadim V. Bakatin: He Took Control of the Soviet K.G.B. With a Promise to Curtail Its Size and Strength

From a New York Times obit by Clay Risen headlined “Vadim V. Bakatin, the Last Chairman of the K.G.B., Dies at 84”:

Vadim V. Bakatin, a liberal Russian politician who in the late 1980s rocketed from Siberian obscurity to President Mikhail S. Gorbachev’s inner circle, then in the final days of the Soviet Union took control of the K.G.B. with a promise to curtail its size and strength — only to see it re-emerge under a new name soon after he stepped down — died on July 31 in Moscow.