Wikipedia note: Described as one of the most repressive intelligence and secret police agencies in the world, the Ministry for State Security (German: Ministerium für Staatssicherheit, MfS), commonly known as the Stasi (IPA: [ˈʃtɑːziː]) (abbreviation German: Staatssicherheit, literally State Security) was the official state security service of the German Democratic Republic or GDR, colloquially known as East Germany.
The Stasi was headquartered in East Berlin, with an extensive complex in Berlin-Lichtenberg and several smaller facilities throughout the city. Several Stasi officials were prosecuted for their crimes after 1990.
Deutsche Demokratische Republik (or DDR German), the German Democratic Republic (English), i.e., the former East Germany, a state in Europe, 1949–90
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