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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

KGB Chief's Insights

DENVER () -- Colorado police officers are getting professional tips from a former general of the disbanded Russian secret police, the KGB.

Anatoly Kurkov, 66, recently spoke to law-enforcement students at Denver Business College about his 37-year career with the intelligence agency.

Kurkov, who joined the KGB shortly after Joseph Stalin died in 1953, said he was the chief of KGB in Leningrad when a group of ex-Soviet leaders declared a state of emergency in Moscow in 1991.

Asked about his role during the coup, Kurkov said: "The main event developed in Moscow. It didn't touch other regions like Leningrad. I did my best to keep public order.''

Kurkov became vice chairman in charge of security for one of Russia's large commercial banks after the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union.

His visit is part of a program that allows exchanges between police in Russia and the United States.