FSB prevents 43 terrorist crimes since year beginning - Putin
MOSCOW. Oct 26 (Interfax) - Forty-three terrorist crimes have been prevented in Russia since the beginning of this year, and the activity of 30 career officers of foreign intelligence services was stopped in the first half of 2017, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a meeting with senior officers and prosecutors who had either been promoted or given higher ranks.
"Terrorism remains a key threat in Russia and worldwide. This year, the Federal Security Service has averted 43 terrorist crimes, killed dozens and detained about 800 militants, and liquidated 66 terrorist and extremist cells," Putin said.
Counter-intelligence services have also achieved a lot, Putin said. "The activity of 30 career officers of foreign intelligence services and over 200 individuals suspected of cooperating with foreign security services was stopped in the first half of 2017," he said.
"Efficient protection of national interests requires a system and in-depth work of the Foreign Intelligence Service," Putin said.
"It is necessary to collect and analyze the available and incoming information, as well as events evolving in various parts of the globe, especially near our borders, and to assess all factors and risks from the point of view of security threats to our country," he said.