Vladimir Kryuchkov is dead. What? You can't recall just who he was? Remember the coup in the former USSR in 1991? Kryuchov was the leader of the KGB who led the coup to return the evil empire to its orthodox communist ways. He was defeated and bitterly lamented the fall of the above mentioned evil empire. He considered the late lamented Boris Yeltsin a traitor. It should come as no surprise that he fell out of favor with Yeltsin's new democratic regime. Yet let us not cry for Kryuchkov. In the last years of his life he was back in favor with the government. He was often invited to Kremlin dinners as the guest of Yeltsin's successor, Vladimir Putin. http://www.boston.com/news/world/europe/articles/2007/11/25/ussrs_hawkish_kgb_chief_krychkov_dies_at_83
George W. Bush, when he first met Putin, shared his impressions of the former KGB officer turned President: "I looked the man in the eye. I was able to get a sense of his soul." http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/1392791.stm Well, I just got a look at who some of his party guests are. From that, I get a sense of his soul. He is an enemy and he and his nation needs to be contained.