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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Security Head Notes Increase In Spy Activity

DAVOS, Switzerland -- Russia and the United States have more foreign spies operating on their territories now than during the Cold War, the head of Russia's counterintelligence service said.

"We are noting a flurry of activity of practically all intelligence services in the world," Nikolai Kovalyov, head of the Federal Security Service, said in comments reported Saturday by Itar-Tass.

The service has recently caught or exposed 38 Russians working for foreign intelligence services, as well as 400 foreign professional spies operating in Russia in the past year alone, Kovalyov said.

"They are ... working impudently, crudely. ... We will counteract the activity of secret services of different countries as toughly as before," Kovalyov was quoted as saying.

Kovalyov spoke in an interview in Davos, Switzerland, where he is attending the World Economic Forum.

The Federal Security Service is the main successor to the Soviet KGB.