The KGB is a Russian abbreviation for Committee for State Security. It was the name of a disbanded security agency of the Soviet Union. It was used primarily for national security and defense. The KGB's emblem was of a shield and a sword vertically in front of it, a red star with the communist sickle and hammer in the centre, and a red banner underneath the star. It was formed in 1954 and disbanded on December 21, 1995 after the Russian President, Boris Yeltsin signed a decree. The KGB was replaced by the FSB (Federal Security Service), the current Russian Security and Defence agency.