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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Yeltsin Shakes Up FSB

MOSCOW -- President Boris Yeltsin moved Tuesday to strengthen Russia's security service by giving more clout to its senior officers.

According to his decree, the heads of the Moscow and St. Petersburg branches of the Federal Security Service will also serve as deputy directors of the agency. The FSB is the main successor to the Soviet-era KGB.

The order would "significantly boost the status" of the service's chiefs in Russia's two largest cities, director Vladimir Putin was quoted as saying by Interfax.