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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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Sunday, Oct. 26


Zenit St. Petersburg returns home for the first time in nearly a month as they host Mordovia Saransk in a Russian Premier League game. Currently at the top of the league thanks to their undefeated start to the season, the northern club hopes to extend the gap between them and second-place CSKA Moscow and win the title for the first time in three years. Tickets are available at the stadium box office or on the clubs website.



Monday, Oct. 27


Today marks the end of the art exhibit Neophobia at the Erarta Museum. Artists Alexey Semichov and Andrei Kuzmin took a neo-modernist approach to represent the array of fears that are ever-present throughout our lives. Tickets are 200 rubles ($4.90).



Tuesday, Oct. 28


The Domina Prestige St. Petersburg hotel plays host to SPIBAs Marketing and Communications Committees round table discussion on Government Relations Practices in Russia this morning. The discussion starts at 9:30 a.m. and participation must be confirmed by Oct. 24.



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