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    Post  Viktor on Sat Oct 30, 2010 11:25 am

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    Post  Austin on Thu Nov 11, 2010 9:26 am

    Russia-U.S. spy scandal caused by intelligence officer betrayal - newspaper

    This past summer's spy row between Russia and the United States was the result of a betrayal by a Russian intelligence officer, a leading business daily reported on Thursday.

    The scandal broke out in late June when 10 people were arrested in the United States. The spies were freed in a swap deal between Russia and the U.S.

    Kommersant journalists carried out an investigation and discovered that a certain Col. Shcherbakov, who had long worked for Russia's Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR), was to blame for the exposure of Russians who were working under cover.

    The newspaper reported that Shcherbakov's daughter has long been living in the United States but that the SVR was not too concerned about this.

    "It's strange that no one questioned why a person on that level has relatives abroad," an intelligence source told Kommersant. "Such things are strictly monitored even in less secret organizations."

    The intelligence service failed to take notice when Shcherbakov refused to accept a career promotion a year before the spy scandal - a procedure that would require him to undergo a lie detector test. This could mean that he actively cooperated with U.S. secret services at the time.

    Finally, no one paid attention to the fact that Shcherbakov's son, who had worked for Russia's drug watchdog Gosnarkokontrol, hastily left Russia for the United States shortly before the Russian agents were exposed.

    The traitor himself, said a Kommersant source in Russian state power bodies, fled the country three days prior to President Dmitry Medvedev's visit to the United States in June.

    The reset of Russian-U.S. relations was threatened following the espionage scandal. However, the two countries pledged the espionage row would not affect bilateral ties.

    Kommersant quoted a high-level Kremlin administration official as saying that Shcherbakov's fate "cannot be envied."

    "He will carry this with him all his life and will fear retribution every day," the paper quoted him as saying.

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    Post  Austin on Thu Nov 11, 2010 9:26 am

    Mods can we please make this Topic Sticky ?

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    Post  Austin on Fri Nov 12, 2010 4:00 am

    Look like a deep mole has betrayed the entire sleeper cell in US , this will be a body blow to Russia Intelligence gathering activity in US.

    Seems like good Intelligence coup by CIA while the CI wing of SVR failed to detect the deep mole , inspite of many hints in the past.

    Seems to me the SVR is a bad child of the renowned KGB

    Something rotten in Russian spy kingdom - source

    A retired senior officer of Soviet and Russian foreign intelligence told RIA Novosti that having an officer handling undercover spies in the United States betraying his network, as the Kommersant daily reported Thursday, is "bad news for the Russian intelligence community."

    "It means that things are really bad with the internal security at Yasenevo - they are probably keeping themselves busy with the wrong kind of things," said the source who requested to remain anonymous.

    The headquarters of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) is located just outside of Moscow's southern district of Yasenevo.

    A spy row between Moscow and Washington broke out in late June when 10 alleged Russian spies were arrested in the United States. The spies were freed in a swap deal between the two countries.

    According to a story in the Kommersant, Col. Shcherbakov, who was the chief of an SVR department handling all intelligence sources in the United States, was to blame for the exposure of the Russian intelligence officers working under assumed identities.

    The newspaper reported that Shcherbakov's daughter has long been living in the United States but that the SVR was not overly concerned about this.

    "Any objective observer would say: How come you have allowed a person who had a daughter abroad to be in such a sensitive position?" the RIA Novosti source said.

    The officer also said that having someone like Shcherbakov as a traitor was the worst possible scenario for any intelligence agency because he was a mole at the very core of Russian undercover operations.

    Strangely enough, the intelligence service failed to take notice when Shcherbakov refused to accept a career promotion a year before the spy scandal - a procedure that would require him to undergo a lie detector test. This could mean that he actively cooperated with U.S. secret services at the time.

    In addition, no one paid attention to the fact that Shcherbakov's son, who had worked for Russia's drug watchdog Gosnarkokontrol, hastily left Russia for the United States shortly before the Russian spies were exposed.

    The traitor himself, said a Kommersant source in Russian state power bodies, fled the country three days prior to President Dmitry Medvedev's visit to the United States in June.

    The reset of Russian-U.S. relations was threatened following the espionage scandal. However, the two countries pledged the espionage row would not affect bilateral ties.

    The SVR has so far refused to comment on the Kommersant report or any other inquiries concerning the betrayal.


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    Post  Austin on Fri Nov 12, 2010 4:02 am

    Kommersant reveals biography of exposed Russian spook

    A respected Russian business daily revealed on Thursday the biography of one of the 10 Russian spies arrested in the United States in June, Mikhail Vasenkov, aka Juan Lazaro.

    Kommersant journalists carried out an investigation into this past summer's spy row between Russia and the United States when 10 people were arrested in the United States and then freed in a swap deal between both countries.

    Sixty five-year-old Vasenkov was one of the most experienced spies working for Russia's Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR). In the 1960s, the undercover agent started his career as a photographer in Spain and Chile.

    "He is a brilliant photographer, this is impossible to imitate. So he made the spy cover from his talent," Kommersant quoted an unknown SVR officer as saying

    In the 1970s, already celebrated photographer Juan Lazaro married a Peruvian-born journalist in the New York-based Spanish-language newspaper El Diario La Prensa, Vicky Pelaez. The couple then moved to the United States, reportedly after the SVR's order.

    Pelaez and Vasenkov-Lazaro lived in a quiet, upscale neighborhood of Yonkers outside New York City.

    "During his work, Vasenkov became so assimilated that he practically forgot Russian," the SVR source said. "He is a high class professional who would never have been exposed if it were not for a traitor."

    Kommersant daily said Vasenkov's wife could have been sincere when saying that she had no idea her husband of 30 years was Russian since his biography was absolutely clear for everyone around him.

    Numerous friends, university fellows, colleagues as well as his children and wife could confirm under oath any fact from Vasenkov's "life," Kommersant said.

    Vasenkov was equally successful in both his roles. As a respected U.S. citizen, Lazaro received three degrees and a PhD in political science. As a Russian spy, Vasenkov once managed to get the U.S. president's foreign trips schedule.

    In the 1980s, the Soviet government secretly awarded Vasenkov a USSR Hero badge.

    Prior to his arrest in June, Vasenkov was ranked a general (ret.).

    Vasenkov's career was put to an end when the Russian double agent identified by Kommersant as Shcherbakov revealed to the United States a dossier on the Russian spy ring.

    FBI interrogators were so active making Vasenkov confess in working for the SVR, that they had reportedly broken three of his ribs and a leg, Kommersant said.

    "These are Iraqi methods," an anonymous retired SVR officer said commenting on the FBI's interrogation methods. "What comes to mind are the videos we saw from Iraqi prisons. They could not outplay him honestly and resorted to impermissible foul play. Yes, they probably always do that in American football, but this is not American football!"

    After being deported to Russia, Vasenkov only said to his employers that he was not going to live in this country and was set to move abroad, Kommersant cited SVR officers as saying.

    "Everything that happened is not just a betrayal. To hand a dossier on sleeper agents to the enemies is a clear f**k-up. This had never happened before," the SVR source told Kommersant.

    The SVR has strongly denied making any comments on the Kommersant article or any details of the spy scandal.

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    Post  Austin on Thu Dec 02, 2010 5:16 am

    Putin says Russian spies were not dangerous to United States

    "I have already said and can repeat: their [the agents'] activity did not cause any damage to the Unites States' interests," Putin said.

    "As you know, they belong to a special service - the illegal intelligence [nonofficial cover] service; it has its own tasks, which, as a rule, become relevant during crises, say, when diplomatic relations are severed," the Russian premier told King during a satellite interview aired on CNN on Wednesday.

    "Thank God, there is no such state of affairs between Russia and the United States today, and I hope there will never be," he said.

    "These people definitely deserve respect," Putin said.

    "I think no one doubts that all countries, including the United States, carry out intelligence activities," he said.

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    Re: Russian Intelligence Services: News & Discussion

    Post  Austin on Wed Dec 15, 2010 12:52 pm

    Wikileaks:

    Velvet gloves:The WikiLeaks Russian dossier exposes the NATO claim that the alliance's eastward expansion is not directed against Russia

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    Post  GarryB on Thu Dec 16, 2010 1:33 am

    Not really a huge surprise, I am sure the Russians have plans to take the Ukraine or the Baltic states or Poland.

    It is what military organisations do... plan for everything no matter how remote so then if it happens they aren't caught with their pants down.

    The swiftness of the Russian reaction to Georgian aggression in South Ossetia clearly shows they had some things planned.

    Obviously if they had planned in advance to attack Georgia and were applying that plan when the Georgian forces "reacted" then Georgian forces would never have gotten anywhere near the South Ossetian capital... in other words the fact that the Russians had plans didn't change the basic facts on the ground... the Georgians made and unprovoked attack on an autonomous province during the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games. Incredibly underhanded... the sort of thing the west would consider a crime if someone like Saddam or a Serb had done it. Much like the drug trafficing in Afghanistan and the human body parts trade in Kosovo by Albanians. (BTW I think perhaps the Serbs should implicate that some of the Serbs taken by the KLA were American citizens if they want the "world" to care. If they were American citizens then it would be in all the international media and action would be demanded.

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    Post  Austin on Thu Dec 16, 2010 2:08 am

    ***OT on***

    What really never cease to amaze me is that US has two sets of rules one for itself and another for rest of world.

    US GWB Sr attacked Iraq in the guise of WMD with no UN backing , killed thousand of Iraqi civilians during the attack and in the end found no WMD but ended up saying world is better off without Saddam the dictator ( wonder why they dont kick out dictators of Saudi )

    Now they accuse Saddam or Slobodan Milošević of war crimes , human rights abuse etc ....I do not know why cant GWB be accused of same crimes killing thousand of civilians by sweetly labeling it as "shock and awe" war and then his troops and thugs of Blackwater killing many thousands of Iraqi.

    Effectively they decimated the Iraqi population and its effect will be felt for many decades on sons of daughters of Iraqi.

    Why didnt they brought the Bhopal Gas Tragedy ( worst industrial tragedy till date ) culprits who are US citizen to justice which killing thousands of Indian in a gas leak while just an oil spill on US coast which hardly killed any one but forced BP to pay hundreds of billions of dollars , why there is two set of rules for US citizen and Indian citizen ?
    ***OT off****

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    Post  Austin on Thu Dec 16, 2010 2:16 am

    Russia celebrates Foreign Intelligence's 90th anniversary

    President Dmitry Medvedev has congratulated Russian spies on their professional holiday, the 90th anniversary of the country's Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR).

    During the ceremony at the SVR headquarters in southwest Moscow, Medvedev said the security service should thoroughly analyze the recently leaked U.S. diplomatic cables and take precautions over its own secret logs.

    "The global information flow that the world plunged into has dramatically changed the system of making decisions, creating brand new problems. Some of them have become completely visible over the last months," Medvedev said, referring to WikiLeaks revelations' growing avalanche.

    The president praised the Foreign Intelligence's work, saying Russia's security service was effective, quick and reliable.

    "This year, even though it is a large anniversary, became troublesome, like perhaps many others," Medvedev said, slightly referring to the July spy row between Moscow and Washington, when 10 Russian spies were arrested in the United States and then were freed in a swap deal between the two countries.

    SVR should improve and change its methods in line with growing global threats such as cyber crimes and international terrorism, Medevedev said.

    He did not specify, however, on the SVR's staff reshufflings held in the wake of the July spy scandal.


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    Re: Russian Intelligence Services: News & Discussion

    Post  Corrosion on Thu Dec 16, 2010 12:23 pm

    Austin (Thu Dec 16, 2010 6:08 am) wrote:Why didnt they brought the Bhopal Gas Tragedy ( worst industrial tragedy till date ) culprits who are US citizen to justice which killing thousands of Indian in a gas leak while just an oil spill on US coast which hardly killed any one but forced BP to pay hundreds of billions of dollars , why there is two set of rules for US citizen and Indian citizen ?
    I would say Indians are themselves to blame for some of the problems.

    Sometime ago I watched an interview with the guy who arrested Union Carbide head who was in India after that disaster. After his arrest there was the order from higher ups in Indian govt./Bureaucracy to release him and he left the country. Now take latest example of this David Headly guy. We cant get this guy extradited from USA to face charges.

    The irony of the matter is that we still buy/going to buy from them all this military equipment and what not. Look what happened when Obama was in India recently and all media was crazy about his so called "personal" support for Indian UNSC seat instead of raising some real issues with him. Sometimes the naivety and useless nature of Indian bureaucracy surprises me.

    Sorry for Off topic.

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    Post  Vladimir79 on Thu Dec 16, 2010 1:30 pm

    Austin wrote:

    Why didnt they brought the Bhopal Gas Tragedy ( worst industrial tragedy till date ) culprits who are US citizen to justice which killing thousands of Indian in a gas leak while just an oil spill on US coast which hardly killed any one but forced BP to pay hundreds of billions of dollars , why there is two set of rules for US citizen and Indian citizen ?
    ***OT off****

    Indian corruption mostly. Pay off the appropriate babus and they get off with a slap on the wrist. BP has only paid out $2.5 billion so far.

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    Post  Austin on Thu Dec 16, 2010 4:08 pm

    Agreed corruption is the root cause of all the problems in my country and its just getting worse day by day , every day when i start my TV they first headline is some politician , official is corrupt , even top admirals and generals are not immune.

    Needless to mention most people would love to go to US for a better life.

    How is the corruption level in Russia ? Gorbachev recently stated that corruption is very bad and its eating the society

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    Post  Vladimir79 on Thu Dec 16, 2010 4:46 pm

    It is very bad and its eating the society.

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    Post  GarryB on Thu Dec 16, 2010 11:42 pm

    The US likes to use corruption as a tool.

    Whether it is to get their nationals out of a hostile environment (even when it is their fault the environment is hostile), or to secure a deal where they will make more money.

    What really never cease to amaze me is that US has two sets of rules one for itself and another for rest of world.

    The amusing thing is that they have very high moral standards and they use those very high standards to judge everyone but themselves.

    US GWB Sr attacked Iraq in the guise of WMD with no UN backing , killed thousand of Iraqi civilians during the attack and in the end found no WMD but ended up saying world is better off without Saddam the dictator ( wonder why they dont kick out dictators of Saudi )

    The amusing thing was that they used the supposed WMD as an excuse but to justify the actual invasion they misused the wording of a UNSC resolution to justify their actions. Yet in regards to Kosovo they completely ignored the UNSC resolution 1244 that clearly stated that Kosovo was part of Serbia.

    Words like terrorism and dictator freedom and democracy are just tools to serve US interests. Serbs are friendly with Russians so the KLA are US allies because the enemy of my enemy is my friend.
    The huge irony is largely ignored that this is the dumbest logic there is. Just because someone hates the same people you hate does not make them your friend.
    All part of isolating Russia.
    The irony is the application of that logic led to the US sucking up to China, which would be more like an Albania with lots of people today without that sucking up.
    Very simply if the US could step back and say... if we can be friends with communist China why can't we be friends with the communist Soviets and so instead of being friends with a country with maybe 300 nuclear weapons and pretend friends with a country with well over 6,000 nuclear weapons of all types, it could be the other way around and the issue of containing Russia and China would not be an issue because China would not have grown so much without US companies going in there and investing.
    The US companies could have gone into Russia and found skilled educated workers that work relatively cheaply, but instead they just went in there trying to buy up all the oil and gas and anything else worth money to strip down and sell and make a dollar really fast without actually doing anything.
    The result is the Russians decided the strip and burn and then sell westerners aren't good partners or clients and the western dream only applies to those who have the money to enjoy it... for everyone else it is a day to day struggle to make ends meet.

    Now they accuse Saddam or Slobodan Milošević of war crimes , human rights abuse etc ....I do not know why cant GWB be accused of same crimes killing thousand of civilians by sweetly labeling it as "shock and awe" war and then his troops and thugs of Blackwater killing many thousands of Iraqi.

    Or indeed if it was a Serb leader accused of kidnapping Albanian nationals, murdering them and selling their kidneys I would expect international damnation. It is OK for the leader of Kosovo to be a B@stard... as long as he is their B@stard.

    Why didnt they brought the Bhopal Gas Tragedy ( worst industrial tragedy till date ) culprits who are US citizen to justice which killing thousands of Indian in a gas leak while just an oil spill on US coast which hardly killed any one but forced BP to pay hundreds of billions of dollars , why there is two set of rules for US citizen and Indian citizen ?
    ***OT off****

    Big western companies do this sort of thing all the time, though obviously not as extreme in loss of life as Bhopal. Pipes leak oil and wipe out local wildlife or destroy local water supply. When it happens just south of the US there is an outcry and lawsuits. When it happens in Nigeria anyone says anything and it is cheaper for them to disappear than to deal with the problem.
    You think western governments can be bad, western companies have one interest... profit.

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    Post  Austin on Fri Dec 17, 2010 10:26 am

    Medvedev congratulates foreign intelligence SVR upon 90th anniversary

    MOSCOW, December 15 (Itar-Tass) -- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has congratulated the staff of the Russian foreign intelligence SVR upon the 90th anniversary of the service and awarded to it an honorary certificate of the Supreme Commander-in-Chief.

    "First of all, I would like to congratulate all those present upon the 90th anniversary of the foreign intelligence service," Medvedev said at a special meeting devoted to the date.

    The president said that he as the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, had signed an honorary the certificate of merit to the foreign intelligence service for its efforts to protect the nation. Medvedev presented the certificate of merit to SVR Director Mikhail Fradkov.

    The SVR director said in his return address that his subordinates would invariably stay on guard and be ready to furnish support for the country’s leadership.

    "We shall always stay on alert ... Each of us is ready to perform a feat, but in our current everyday work we are perfectly aware of what is required of us. We are always ready to offer our shoulder to the country's leadership to rely on, and we are always ready to act on the nation’s orders," Fradkov said.

    At the beginning of the special meeting the president and participating government members were shown a nine-minute documentary highlighting some activities of the foreign intelligence service.

    "The foreign intelligence service must keep a very low profile, but we shall pull the veil of secrecy from it somewhat for the inner circle that has gathered here,” SVR director said in the video film.

    Currently, the SVR is staffed by professionals in 546 specialties, including experts in the field of international relations, political scientists and sociologists. Also, the SVR has specialists in 76 languages.

    "The video that we have just seen began with the words: ‘And so it will be as long as the Motherland needs the foreign intelligence.’ And it ended with the statement this is the way it will always be. I believe this is an absolute, obvious statement," the president said.

    For anyone not prone to illusions, he said, it is clear that the intelligence will serve as one of the most important state institutions in any situation, under any political regime, and under any leadership.

    “The tasks of intelligence will remain the same by and large. Methods change, people change, officials come and go, but the end tasks and functions will stay," said Medvedev.

    The SVR director said that Russian intelligence agents were present “around the world."

    "We are really interested in getting pre-emptive, reliable information. Forms and methods of work have been studied, the skills do exist, and the continuity of generations has been maintained. You may be sure that the intelligence service is in a position to cope with the tasks within its range of competence," said Fradkov.

    He thanked the president for his considerate attention.

    "We shall keep the flag flying," the SVR director said.

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    Ceremony presenting the personal standard of the Director of the FSB and banner of the FSB. With FSB Director Alexander Bortnikov.

    PRESIDENT OF RUSSIA DMITRY MEDVEDEV: Comrade officers, comrade generals,

    Russia’s Federal Security Service is receiving an important military symbol today – the FSB banner - and the service’s director is receiving a special honorary symbol – the personal standard.

    This tradition began many years ago and has historic roots and symbolic significance. After all, your mission is one of the most complex and responsible in our country. From the day it was formed, our security service has always defended our homeland and stood guard over our national interests. It was so during the Great Patriotic War, in the post-war years, and it is so now too, when you are fighting terrorism, organised crime, and drugs trafficking, and keeping watch over our country’s borders.

    Many of the details of your organisation and work are not the subject of public discussion, and this is normal, but sooner or later people will always learn about the heroes, who have carried out missions for their homeland, and these heroes are many in number.

    You have the operations and technological capability you need today to neutralise internal and external threats, and you are responsible for overall law enforcement coordination and the special services’ counterterrorism work. The FSB has always played the biggest part in these key areas and will continue to do so.

    The fight against extremism must also be systemic in nature. Russia established itself as a strong country with the largest territory in the world and a powerful economy only thanks to the solid unity of its multiethnic people. We therefore must take an absolutely firm and clear stand towards any manifestations of ethnic intolerance and any attempts to instigate unrest and incite interethnic and religious strife. Identifying the organisers of these kinds of provocations is also one of the Federal Security Service’s tasks.

    Counterintelligence activity remains a relevant task too. In the world this kind of activity is going on constantly of course, and so our strategic sites and scientific developments – everything that counts as classified information – must be reliably protected from those who do not have the right to know these secrets. Our society and our people also expect to see results from you in looking after our country’s economic interests and fighting corruption.

    Comrades, today’s ceremony will become a special page in the Federal Security Service’s history, considering that it is not an event we see often.

    I am sure that the ceremonial presentation of this banner and standard will mark another step in strengthening the glorious traditions of our security service and raising your professionalism and your service’s prestige at home and abroad.

    I wish you all successful work, new achievements, and good health.

    * * *

    I congratulate you all once more. This is without question a milestone event of great symbolic importance. But we need not only material encouragement in our lives of course. We must preserve in our lives the perhaps high-flown but absolutely essential concepts for any person that are love for one’s motherland, a sense of duty, and being part of history. This standard presented just now to the FSB director, and the banner that the FSB has just received, symbolise this being part of history and symbolise too our national unity and the sense of professional duty of all working in the FSB.

    Once more, I congratulate you on receiving this banner and standard.

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    Dmitry Medvedev presented Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) Director Mikhail Fradkov with the Commander in Chief’s Honorary Certificate.

    PRESIDENT OF RUSSIA DMITRY MEDVEDEV: Friends, I want to congratulate all of you on the Foreign Intelligence Service’s 90th anniversary.

    The film that we just watched began with the words “And so it will remain as long as our Motherland needs a foreign intelligence service,” and ended with the assertion that this will always be the case. I think this assertion is absolutely correct.

    If we look at the world without illusions about humanity’s development, it is clear that the intelligence service will always be an important state institution no matter what the situation, political regime, or leadership in place. The intelligence service’s missions remain essentially unchanged. Methods and people change, directors come and go, but the tasks and missions remain. This is cause for neither sadness nor surprise, but is simply the way our world is.

    Our foreign intelligence service, if we take its development from the start of the Soviet period, has gone through many stages in its evolution and is today one of the strongest and most competitive in the world. I think this is something that not only we here in this hall or our country’s people know, but something that our partners and our potential competitors also realise.

    The service’s task now is to preserve these qualities in the face of the huge number of global challenges before us today. We all know these challenges. They include international terrorism, drug trafficking, global competition on international markets, cybercrime, and a mass of new threats not yet so clearly defined. Although the intelligence service’s missions remain essentially the same as in the past, and I think this will be the case for a long time yet to come, its methods must continually improve and change.

    The global information flow that has spread across our entire planet has substantially changed the way decisions are made and created new problems. Some of these problems have been evident over recent months. Is this a good or a bad thing? In some ways it is good, for the intelligence service at least. It creates new analytical opportunities and the possibility of seeing how potential competitors view us. But at the same time, it also creates new difficulties. No one is guaranteed against these problems, and this is something you also need to take into account in your work.

    This year is a big anniversary for the Foreign Intelligence Service, but it has not been an easy year. I think, however, that our service still has all the possibilities it needs for timely, professional, and most importantly, effective resolution of the tasks before it.

    The tasks and duties of the state authorities, President and Government are to ensure decent living standards for those working in our foreign intelligence. This is a vital aspect for the service’s effective work, because no matter how exceptional its personnel often are in many ways, they are nonetheless ordinary people with ordinary needs such as home, their immediate environment, housing conditions, and wages. There is no getting away from these issues. Conviction and heroism will always play a part of course, but other basic motives must be satisfied too.

    One other thing I wanted to say today is that the state must take a responsible attitude towards any of our citizens who end up in various, often complicated situations, and this applies fully to those who work for our Foreign Intelligence Service too. You can rest assured of this.

    Friends, it is a real pleasure to be here today and congratulate you, although these kinds of congratulations are never particularly public in nature. But I want to express at least part of my congratulations with the media present. I want to inform everyone here that as Commander in Chief I have signed an Honorary Certificate that I present to the Foreign Intelligence Service for its work in defence of our country. I offer you my warmest congratulations on this.

    I want to say too that I will present state decorations to a number of the service’s officers.

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    Re: Russian Intelligence Services: News & Discussion

    Post  Austin on Sat Dec 18, 2010 10:23 am

    Medvedev is visiting my city Mumbai on 22nd Wednesday during his India visit to pay tribute to the people who died during 26/11 Mumbai carnage.

    Welcome Mr President welcome russia

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    Does the SVR accept foreigners?

    Post  AbsoluteZero on Sat Jan 29, 2011 6:35 am


    Not sure if this is the right section to ask this question, But anyway can foreigners apply to work for Russia's intelligence agencies? just a thought.

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    Re: Russian Intelligence Services: News & Discussion

    Post  Vladimir79 on Sat Jan 29, 2011 6:07 pm

    Not unless you are recruited, ie double agent.

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    Russian FSB charges Russian who betrayed U.S. spy ring

    Post  AbsoluteZero on Tue May 03, 2011 11:48 am

    MOSCOW, May 3 (RIA Novosti) - A former Russian intelligence officer who helped the U.S. authorities uncover a Russian spy ring last summer has been charged with high treason and desertion, the Federal Security Service (FSB) said on Tuesday.

    Ten Russians, including media star Anna Chapman, were arrested in the United States in June 2010 on suspicion of espionage. They plead guilty to conspiring to act as unregistered foreign agents and were returned to Russia in exchange for four men accused by the Kremlin of spying for Britain's MI6 and the CIA.

    "The FSB investigation department has completed an investigation into the case to charge Russian national Alexander Poteyev with committing high treason by divulging state secrets," the FSB said in a statement.

    It said the indictment against Poteyev was sent to Moscow's main military court on April 21.

    Poteyev fled the United States with his family shortly before the arrest of the sleeper agents was made public. His case will be heard in absentia.

    RIA Novosti

    Shouldn't the SVR be the one responsible for putting this traitor to justice? Anyway what is Russia's policies in relation to defectors like Poteyev? I think they should form some kind of death squad that can be activated to eliminate any defectors and similar elements which pose a serious threat to Russia's external intelligence activities.

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    Re: Russian Intelligence Services: News & Discussion

    Post  Russian Patriot on Tue May 03, 2011 6:35 pm

    FSB charges Russian who betrayed U.S. spy ring


    A former Russian intelligence officer who helped the U.S. authorities uncover a Russian spy ring last summer has been charged with high treason and desertion, the Federal Security Service (FSB) said on Tuesday.

    Ten Russians, including media star Anna Chapman, were arrested in the United States in June 2010 on suspicion of espionage. They plead guilty to conspiring to act as unregistered foreign agents and were returned to Russia in exchange for four men accused by the Kremlin of spying for Britain's MI6 and the CIA.

    "The FSB investigation department has completed an investigation into the case to charge Russian national Alexander Poteyev with committing high treason by divulging state secrets," the FSB said in a statement.

    It said the indictment against Poteyev was sent to Moscow's main military court on April 21.

    Poteyev fled to the United States with his family shortly before the arrest of the sleeper agents was made public. His case will be heard in absentia.

    MOSCOW, May 3 (RIA Novosti)

    http://en.rian.ru/russia/20110503/163833580.html

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    Re: Russian Intelligence Services: News & Discussion

    Post  AbsoluteZero on Tue May 03, 2011 6:41 pm

    So what possible consequences/punishment are we looking at for the traitor? In my opinion though he needs to be executed in one way or another. Such an action would make future defectors think twice if its really worth the risk to betray mother russia.

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    Re: Russian Intelligence Services: News & Discussion

    Post  GarryB on Wed May 04, 2011 2:40 am

    The US kidnaps foreigners and takes them back to the US for trial on charges like conspiring to export drugs to the US and other such nonsense.

    I would think the Russians would have the right to do the same for someone who commits treason.

    Of course if the crime is only defecting then there is no issue because that is perfectly legal... lots of Mexicans "defect" from Mexico into the US every year.

    This is hardly a crime.

    But if they deliver to their new home country secrets of their former country then that is a crime.

    First I would look very carefully into how he got away with it and if there were any signs or clues that could have caught him were missed and why.

    Did he get away with help?

    Was there an error in judgement by one or more people within the system?

    Or does the system not have enough checks to prevent this sort of thing.

    This is not to find a scapegoat, this is to find problems in the system that might allow others to do the same in future.

    It is not a punnishment thing... it is a learn from it and don't let it happen again thing.

    Clearly some sort of message needs to be sent including a decent penalty for his actions and also some sort of punishment for the family members that went with him.

    Again this is not just to be petty, they had a choice to stay or go and their choice to go suggests they knew what he was doing and did nothing about it.

    It will be interesting in the next 5 to 10 years... it is possible he and his family might find the US isn't the land of milk and honey they thought it was and nostalgia for the homeland might call them.

    Decent prison sentences will keep them in the west and the potential threat of a knock at the door at 3 am that might end in a flight back to Russia or might just end in the sound of a suppressed pistol will mean sleeping at night might not be so easy.

    Even if Russia actually does nothing I wouldn't want to be in their shoes... he clearly left a good job and his friends... and such traitorous actions rarely pay well. In fact his new identities and the security to "keep him safe" will be quite expensive for the US taxpayers.

    I have read that unlike during the cold war that torture was used on the 10 to get them to talk and at least one guy got broken ribs and a few broken teeth. Seems the rules have changed... I hope Poteyev is ready to play the new game.

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