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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

FSB Targets Espionage

MOSCOW -- The chief of Russia's Federal Security Service, FSB, said Tuesday foreign espionage still posed a major threat to national interests five years after the end of the Cold War.

Nikolai Kovalyov, speaking at a rare news conference, said: "Suppressing the activities of foreign intelligence on the territory of our country continues to be the main task of the FSB. Unfortunately, we cannot expect any diminution in their activities in the coming years."

He said the FSB had exposed some 400 employees of foreign intelligence organizations and 39 Russian citizens working for them in the past two years.

The FSB has also uncovered more than 100 attempts by Russian citizens to pass on intelligence to foreign organizations on their own initiative, Kovalyov added.