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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Putin Introduction

MOSCOW -- President Vladimir Putin turned up Tuesday at the headquarters of the Foreign Intelligence Service, or SVR, to introduce its newly appointed head to staff, an SVR spokesman said.

Putin and Sergei Lebedev, appointed the new spymaster last week, worked in the 1980s as Soviet intelligence officers in Communist East Germany.

Lieutenant-General Lebedev, 52, replaces Vyacheslav Trubnikov.

The SVR spokesman, contacted by telephone, gave no details of the meeting at the headquarters in a Moscow suburb.