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SILENCED FIREARM

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.