Putin: Russia has stopped nearly 600 spies

Moscow (CNN)Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday that the country’s security services stopped nearly 600 foreign agents and intelligence personnel last year, declaring that adversaries were trying to interfere in Russia’s domestic affairs.

Speaking at a board meeting of the Federal Security Service (FSB) — the agency that he led before becoming President — Putin said: “Counterintelligence agencies acted effectively and offensively last year. Thanks to successful special operations, 129 staff officers and 465 agents of foreign special services were stopped.”
Putin added that foreign intelligence agencies “are striving to increase their activity” across Russia, seeking access to information on the country’s economy, scientific research and technology.

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