Russia claims spies foiled

Dec. 21, 2006 at 1:22 PM

MOSCOW, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- The head of the Russian Federal Security Service said the missions of 27 intelligence officers and 89 foreign intelligence agents were foiled in 2006.

FSB Head Nikolai Patrushev said Tuesday that about 40 foreign intelligence services were operating in the country this year, Interfax reported Thursday.

"This year, Russia registered the activity of some 40 foreign secret services with respect to Russia, interrupted the activities by 27 career intelligence officers and 89 agents of foreign secret services," Itar Tass quoted Patushev as saying.

"Of those, one professional intelligence officer and eight agents have been caught red-handed; and another 21 foreigners involved in secret services' work, have been expelled from the country," he said.

The FSB head said the organization also foiled 870,000 Internet hacker attacks, including 120,000 attacks on the official Web site of the Russian president, and 300 terrorist attacks in 2006, Novosti reported. He said FSB operatives defused more than 60 explosive devices and seized more than 200 weapons from arms caches.

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