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Foreign Spies no Match for Russian Security

Published: April 9, 2014 (Issue # 1805)



  • Putin made the comments in an address to a meeting of the Federal Security Service, the main successor agency to the Soviet-era KGB.
    Photo: Kremlin.ru

President Vladimir Putin said Monday that Russian security agencies last year foiled theactivity of46 staff members offoreign governments special services and258 agents.

He said that despite theachievement, counterespionage operations need tobecome more effective as last year more than nine million attempts tocompromise websites andinformational systems ofthe Russian government were uncovered, state news agency Itar-Tass reported.

Putin made thecomments inan address toa meeting ofthe Federal Security Service, themain successor agency tothe Soviet-era KGB.

He emphasized that counterespionage has traditionally been one ofthe most important activities ofthe Federal Security Service, andthis is infact avery serious area ofcombat.

He also added that Russia would never allow non-governmental organizations tobe used fordestructive purposes like has happened inUkraine.

He said NGOs were used inUkraine tofinance nationalist andneo-Nazi organizations andmilitants who became themain force inthe anti-constitutional overthrow ofthe government.

Russia in2012 enacted alaw obliging all NGOs that receive foreign financing andare involved inpolitical activities toregister as foreign agents, aterm that opponents argued was synonymous with spy.

Thelaw, which, as proponents point out, uses similar language tothe United States Foreign Agents Registration Act, has been used tosuspend theactivities ofseveral NGOs, including theindependent election monitor Golos.





 

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