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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

Friday, Aug. 22


Get ready to pledge allegiance to the flag during National Flag Day, paying tribute to when, 23 years ago today, the iconic hammer-and-sickle was replaced with the tricolor that now flutters in the wind. Petersburgers will be treated to a free concert on Palace Square, a military parade and a culminating air show featuring Russias Russian Knights stunt pilots.



Saturday, Aug. 23


Uppsala Park plays host to Fairy Noon today, a performance of five separate fairy tales ranging from folk classics to more haunting selections. There will be three different renditions of the tales throughout the day and tickets start at 500 rubles ($13.80) for adults and 300 rubles ($8.30) for children.


Classic Finnish cartoon characters the Moomins expect to receive a warm welcome from Russian fans during todays Moomin Festival at the Pearl Plaza Shopping Center at 51 Petergofskoye Shosse. Become a kid again or introduce a new generation to the beloved creation of Finnish writer Tove Jansson.



Sunday, Aug. 24


The tortured genius of Dutch master Vincent van Gogh gets his day in the centers Konnushnaya Ploschad during Make Art Like Van Gogh, a daylong celebration of the artist that will allow amateur artists to try and replicate the work that made the famed painter world-renowned.


Experience a variety of dances highlighting the diversity of the world around as at the final day of the Ethno-Dance International Dance Festival that has been at the St. Petersburg Humanitarian University of Trade Unions this past week. Tonights performance will feature Egyptian dancers accompanied by local orchestras.



Monday, Aug. 25


Today kicks off the Elena Obraztsovoy International Competition for Young Vocalists in the large hall of the Shostakovich Philharmonic. Talented youngsters will showcase their range over the next six days before a winner is chosen on Aug. 30.



Tuesday, Aug. 26


Love movies but hate all those words? Then check out Rodina Cinema Centers Factor of Consensus film forum this evening. Silent movie classics from the beginning of the 20th century will be screened and accompanied by a pianist, who will provide the soundtrack for the ongoing action. The screenings begin at 7 p.m. Check Rodinas website for more details.



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