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The miniature gun pictured was in the possession 
of KGB assassin Nikolai Khokhlov, who opted to 
defect to West Germany in 1954 rather than kill 
Georgi Okolovich, an anti-communist emigre in 
Frankfurt. The gun -- one of two issued to Khokhlov
 -- could fire poisoned bullets to make sure of a
kill. The collapsible barrel had a built-in silencer,
and the gun when fired made "a sound less than the 
snap of a finger," according to press accounts at the time.