Putin: Foreign spies stepping up activities in Russia

President Vladimir Putin has claimed that foreign intelligence services are stepping up their activities in Russia.

President Vladimir Putin has claimed that foreign intelligence services are stepping up their activities in Russia.

"Counterintelligence units need utmost self-control and self-mobilization. Special services that are operating in Russia are becoming more active. For example, more than 230 career employees and agents of foreign special services have been found out this year via counterintelligence alone," Putin said at a celebration of Security Services Day.

He also insisted on more serious attention to frontier control.

"The Foreign Intelligence Service also has a wide range of tasks, primarily in forecasting and analyzing potential risks and threats, and in assessing the character and anticipated development of key international events," he said.

He also said the Federal Protective Service had been working hard during this year's Winter Olympics and Paralympics in Sochi.

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