Something to watch
This week has brought more turmoil in Serbia, and Russia has been doing things that make me nervous for it's future too.
The BBC is running a couple of articles about the shifting power base there. Putin is not someone who seems trustworthy.
Anyway, here's a piece for your international news category.
The new President, Boris Yeltsin, moved to neutralise the secret policemen by cutting their budget, slashing their numbers and hiving off their functions to rival agencies. He renamed the organisation the FSB - Federal Security Service - but somehow the spirit of the KGB lived on...
In 1999, Vladimir Putin, then director of the FSB and a career KGB man, was appointed prime minister.
The FSB (Old KGB) has influence beyond its headquarters in Moscow.
On 20 December 1999, at an FSB party to celebrate the founding of the Cheka, the Bolshevik secret police, he (Putin) told his former colleagues: "Dear comrades, I can report that the group of agents you sent to infiltrate the government has accomplished the first part of its mission."
The second part of the mission - getting a KGB man into the presidency - was accomplished the following year.
Under Vladimir Putin, the security services have regained their former prestige, their budgets and their numbers are now higher than ever, and they have gained positions of power in all areas of the nation's life.
According to research by the Russian Academy of Sciences, three quarters of senior politicians have a background in the security forces and Russia's largest companies are now headed by former KGB men with personal ties to Vladimir Putin.
...the spirit lives on.