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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Patrushev Calls for Clear NGO Rules

ASTANA, Kazakhstan -- Federal Security Service director Nikolai Patrushev on Friday called for clear rules on nongovernmental organizations' activities in former Soviet republics, days after he accused foreign intelligence services of using NGOs to spy on Russia and foment political upheaval in the region.

Patrushev told a meeting of top security and intelligence officials from the Commonwealth of Independent States that legislation in the CIS member-states "must not allow NGOs to do whatever they want."

Patrushev said NGOs were useful and should be supported, but repeated his allegation that some are used to gather "intelligence information." He said Russian intelligence agencies would continue to counter the practice.

CIS officials on Friday signed a protocol on the creation of a unified database containing fingerprints of people accused of terrorism.