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Tuesday, October 04, 2021

In Belarus, Soviet-style totalitarianism never did go out of style, despite the end of the Cold War and collapse of Communism.

A prime example?

The KGB is alive and well here. Even after the collapse of the USSR, the local branch in Belarus didn’t bother to change its name.

“Why would they?” [democracy activist Vitali] Locmanau asked. “It’s a very strong brand name.”

Who knew secret police were so attached to branding principles? Next thing you know, the Belarussians will sue Green Bay Packer DE Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila for unauthorized use of their initials as a nickname.

This might be revealing vis-a-via our own spooks, and why they’re so resistant to yielding turf to Homeland Security: They feel those three little letters are valuable marketing territory.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 10/04/2021 11:28:19 PM
Category: Advert./Mktg., History, Political
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  1. Not to mention San Diego’s Classic Rock, 101 KGB.

    Comment by CGHill — 10/05/2021 @ 09:36:01 PM

  2. Classic rock, comrade? Does their playlist include a generous helping of The Red Elvises?

    Comment by CT — 10/06/2021 @ 09:23:11 AM

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