Re: Itar-Tass:Putin thanks FSB for destruction of Chechen warlords
- Thursday, February 1, 2007. Issue 3587. Page 3.
FSB Told to Stop Political Extremism
The Moscow Times
Dmitry Astakhov / Itar-Tass
Putin on Wednesday at a gathering of senior FSB officers at the
agency's headquarters on Lubyanskaya Ploshchad.
President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday called on the Federal Security
Service to combat political extremism and racism in the run-up to the
State Duma election in December and next year's presidential contest.
"It is important not just to ensure the rule of law and order, but
also to safeguard society from attempts to introduce extremist and
racist ideas," Putin told senior officers at FSB headquarters on
Lubyanskaya Ploshchad, Gazeta.ru reported.
Putin also called for vigilance in the battle against terrorism and
As parliamentary campaigns get under way in a number of regions this
spring and the Duma campaign heats up in the fall, some candidates are
likely to try to capitalize on the growing popularity of nationalism
In his remarks, Putin, who headed the FSB in 1998 and the first half
of 1999, praised the agency's performance in 2006. He mentioned
specifically the suppression of the insurgency in Chechnya and the
absence of security breaches during the Group of Eight summit in St.
Petersburg and the summit with the European Union in Sochi.
Putin promised hikes in the FSB's budget and in officers' wages. The
FSB budget, which is classified, increased by 27 percent in 2006 and
will rise by a similar amount this year, Putin said.
The president said the agency would receive 20 percent more money for
weapons and equipment this year, and that salaries in the agency would
jump by 25 percent over last year.
Putin exhorted the agency to increase their efforts to "counter the
terrorist threat," Interfax reported. He said the FSB-led National
Anti-Terrorist Committee, created last year, had proven effective in
coordinating the government's response to terrorism.
The president also told officers to step up their efforts to battle
corruption. "The business community in this country should be reliably
protected from corruption," he said.
--- In email@example.com, "mariuslab2002" <mariuslab@...> wrote:
> Putin thanks FSB for destruction of Chechen warlords
> MOSCOW, January 31 (Itar-Tass) - Russian President Vladimir Putin
> demanded from the Federal Security Service ``to seal off loopholes for
> international terrorists penetrating in the Russian territory'' and
> thanked security officers for the destruction of Chechen warlords.
> ``One of the results is really growing coordinated actions between the
> agencies in the struggle against terror, including the neutralization
> of gangs and their warlords in the Chechen Republic, particularly the
> most notorious ones,'' Putin said at a meeting of the FSB board.
> ``Society, country, people of Russia have been looking forward for
> these results for a long time,'' the president pointed out.
> Meanwhile, he emphasized that ``to seal off loopholes for
> international terrorists penetrating in the Russian territory remains
> an important task.'' Putin called the priority task ``to reinforce the
> most difficult sections (of the border) in the North Caucasus'', as it
> was in 2006.
> Putin demanded to pay close attention to the implementation of the
> federal programme on the state border development. ``Meanwhile, it is
> necessary to continue the creation of a modern border
> infrastructure,'' he remarked.
> According to the president, ``The growing throughput capacity of
> border checkpoints can revitalize the economic activities in many
> border regions of the country, and new technical possibilities can be
> used more actively to curb smuggling of goods, sea bioresources and
> other natural resources.''
> Putin noted that it would be ``real steps for ensuring economic
> security of the country.''