Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed his gratitude to the staff of the FSB for combating terrorists and foreign intelligence officers, but at the same time, asked to strengthen monitoring of attacks on Russia during the election period.
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“These elections are prepared and our enemies “over the hill”, as we people say,” said Putin, referring to the documents that he provide special services.
In this regard, the Russian commander ordered to work persistently to protect the interests of the country. He called interference in the elections from outside a direct threat to the sovereignty of the country, which the authorities will certainly react.
Putin noted that the technology of interference in the election and political life of the state there are “and have been used in a number of countries”, but the FSB should do everything to stop aimed at destabilizing the situation in the country activity. “The task of the FSB and other authorities — to do everything to stop the activities of those who attempt or may attempt to use nationalist, xenophobic, radical slogans, designed to split our society,” he added.
Putin cited statistics, reports RIA Novosti. So, according to him, in 2015 in Russia the FSB caught more than 400 employees, and agents of foreign special services, 23 of which convicted. He reminded that earlier the FSB Board discussed the increased activity of foreign special services in Russia. “In the past year has clearly confirmed our conclusions,” Putin said.
Also, the President said, suppressed the activity of underground groups and gangs, “who were ready to strike at our country.” The head of state urged the Agency to continue resistance to those who recruit the ranks of terrorist organizations or the proliferation of extremist ideology.
Not spared Putin and the cyber threat. According to him, the year registered more than 24 million attacks on official websites and information systems of government bodies of Russia. “The operation prevented more than 1.6 thousands of online resources, the activity of which is detrimental to the security of our country”, — said the President of the Russian Federation, noting that it is necessary to increase the level of protection in this area.