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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.





 


ALL ABOUT TOWN

Wednesday, July 30


SPIBA continues their series of Look@It tours, which focus on the success stories of major brands in the St. Petersburg market. Todays event will focus on the Gorky Golf Club and will also be held there. For more details visit spiba.ru



Thursday, July 31


Develop your leadership abilities during a lecture by famous Russian author and coach Radislav Gandapas. The event starts at 9 a.m. at 5 Lodeinopolskaya Ulitsa. The price for entry is 20,500 rubles ($570).


Relax and enjoy a Parisian atmosphere with some romantic and laidback jazz tunes during the Night of French Music at Lenny Jam Cafe, 63 Ligovsky Prospekt. The entrance fee is 250 rubles ($7).


The Womens Business Club is hosting a Beauty Brunch where participants are invited to discuss the latest news in the beauty industry and listen to lectures by professional stylists in the business.



Friday, Aug. 1


Bikers from all around the world will gather to take part in a parade, extreme shows and rock concerts during the International Biker Festival that revs its engines today and runs through Aug. 3 near Olgino Hotel, 4/2 Primorskogo Shosse.


The Peter and Paul Fortress will be turned into an open-air cinema today and tomorrow as part of the 5th International Short and Animation Film Festival. A huge screen across the fortress walls will air short films non-stop with board games, photo sessions and other activities also on offer for visitors. For more information, visit www.opencinemafest.ru



Saturday, Aug. 2


Gatchina Palace Park Museum will host its second annual Night of Light, an impressive audio-visual show across the night sky. Tickets are 600 rubles ($16).


If graphic design is more your thing then check out Illustration Day, where you will be able to visit an exhibition, attend lectures by professionals and even show experts some of your own work. The event starts at noon at Zona Deystvia, 73 Ligovsky Prospekt. The entrance fee is 350 rubles ($10).



Sunday, Aug. 3


History lovers shouldnt miss the chance to see reenactments of World War I battles in Pushkin at noon. Besides exciting war scenes, visitors can enjoy live music, historical costumes, an equestrian show and a fancy-dress parade starting from the Moscow gates.


Garage Sale, the popular and growing flea market where nothing is priced over 500 rubles ($14.11), starts today at noon in Loft-Project Etagi, 74 Ligovsky Prospekt. Be sure to get in early to score a bargain. Entry costs 50 rubles ($1.40)



Monday, Aug. 4


Continue the working week with a calm and steady mind with a free yoga lesson at 7 p.m. in the Bukvoed store at 23A Vladimirsky Prospekt.



Tuesday, Aug. 5


Visit The Romanov Dynasty doll exhibition today, where more than fifty porcelain dolls depicting Russian rulers, and made by Olina Ventzel, will be on show. The exhibition continues through Aug. 31 in Sheremetyev Palace, 34 Fontanka Naberezhnaya.



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