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Russia intercepted nearly 600 foreign spies last year, Putin issued the latest instructions

The Tesla CEO Musk replied a tweet in Russian last month, and a Russian netizen joked that Musk was a spy, and the fact-finding agency supported by the US government--the lie detector website quickly went on the matter. The investigation was given a serious denial.

Now, countries are highly vigilant about espionage, even if it is a joke. Russia and the United States attach particular importance to counter-espionage work.

According to today's Russian website, Russian President Vladimir Putin attended the Russian Federal Security Council (FSB) meeting on the 6th and delivered a speech. He said that the Russian security department intercepted nearly 600 foreign agents and intelligence personnel in 2018, who tried to interfere in Russia's internal affairs.

Putin said: Foreign intelligence agencies are using all means to seek access to political, economic, scientific and technical information. He pointed out that foreign intelligence personnel are increasing their efforts to influence the development of Russia.

Russian experts pointed out that Russia has become an important target for foreign intelligence personnel after US intelligence agencies accused Russia of intervening in the 2016 US presidential election.

What are Putin's instructions to the Russian Federal Security Service in the face of true and false spies? The US and Russian spies who were arrested before, what are they doing now?

Putin emphasizes protecting weapons intelligence

According to CNN, at the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) meeting, Putin appreciated that anti-spyware agencies took effective and proactive actions last year. He said that 129 staff and 465 foreign intelligence personnel were intercepted in Russia last year for espionage. In four years, the number of people engaged in espionage in Russia has increased nearly twice.

Every year, Puten will participate in the senior meeting of the Russian Federal Security Service and personally announce how many foreign spies have been discovered in Russia in the past year.

He said at the meeting on March 6: As in the past, they (foreign spies) may still be trying to influence our (political) process. Therefore, (intelligence) work must be efficient, carried out on a daily basis and based on modern working methods.

He called on Russian security forces to ensure data security related to technology and weapons development, and Russia is facing more and more hacking attacks. At the same time, he called for the acceleration of the modernization of border control equipment.

Putin has repeatedly stressed the need to protect weapons intelligence, pointing out new weapons such as the Avangard hypersonic missile and the new Tsirkon nuclear missile. Other countries have no similar equipment and cannot be intercepted.

According to the Russian Satellite News Agency, the Russian Ministry of Defence successfully tested the Pioneer Hypersonic Weapon System in December last year. The system can carry hypersonic glide warheads with a maximum flight speed of Mach 20 (20 times the speed of sound). The first Pioneer Hypersonic Missile Corps will be deployed in Orenburg, southern Ural, in December this year.

Pioneer

About zircon, Putin introduced in his State of the Union address in February that the sea-based hypersonic cruise missile has a speed of 9 Mach and a range of more than 1,000 kilometers. The missile will be equipped with future surface ships and under construction. On the submarine.

Zircon

In addition, Putin also mentioned the decision of the United States to withdraw from the China-Treaty Treaty, which he believes will shake international security and stability.

Russian-American contest in espionage

On the first day of the 2019 New Year, the Russian Tass news agency reported that the Russian Federal Security Service accused former US Marine Corps member Paul Whelan of espionage in Moscow and arrested him on December 28 last year. .

When the pre-trial bail hearing was held in late January, Whelan was accused of wearing a national secret flash disk. His Russian lawyer Zebebenko said that the client had received the document without knowing it. However, the court dismissed Whelan's bail request and ruled that he must remain in Moscow's Rifovo prison before February 28 to await trial.

According to today's US website, the Russian court decided on February 24 to extend the detention time of Whelan, so that the investigators can continue the investigation and wait for further trials after three months. According to Russian law, espionage is punishable by a maximum of 20 years in prison.

Five fifteen days before Whelan was arrested, Russian citizen Marina Bupina pleaded guilty in Washington court, acknowledging her attempts to penetrate political circles and affect US-Russia relations. She was charged in July last year without the US Department of Justice registering to collude with others to act as a foreign agent.

The Moscow Times reported that Whelan is more like a hostage exchange with a Russian female citizen who was arrested in the United States.

In response to the hostage exchange, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Ryabkov said that it is still too early to discuss the substitution of people. He has not yet been formally charged. It is neither possible nor possible to discuss whether it is possible to exchange suspects. Suitable.

Global spy, agent activity is more frequent

In recent years, many spies and agents have attracted global attention, and national intelligence agencies have also increased their vigilance.

According to the BBC report, the Swedish anti-spyware agency announced on February 27 that it arrested a Russian spy who was recruited by an agent of a Russian special service agency and employed by a high-tech industry company to work under Russian diplomatic cover. . The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Intelligence Bureau said that it would not comment on the matter.

Russian opinion newspaper reported that Sweden has found an anti-Russian reason through this matter. Earlier, the Swedish Ministry of National Defense announced that the Russian Su-27 fighters approached the Swedish reconnaissance plane over the Baltic Sea on February 22, accusing Russia of violating regulations. However, the Russian Defense Ministry stated that the flight of the Russian Air Force aircraft is in full compliance with international airspace regulations.

According to CNN, the US Department of Justice issued a statement on February 13 stating that former US Air Force intelligence officer Wit was accused of spying for Iran and selling defense intelligence. She allegedly revealed a codename and classification task for the US Department of Defense known as the Special Access Program and assisted Iranian intelligence agencies in targeting their former colleagues.

Witt has been sued by the federal grand jury in Washington, DC, but she has not pleaded guilty. As of now, the Iranian side has not responded to this matter.

In last year, the most shocking thing was the incident of Israeli agents stealing Iran's nuclear archives. According to the New York Times, agents affiliated with the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad sneaked into a warehouse in the southern industrial zone of Tehran last January, opened 32 safes and took away half a ton of confidential documents, including 50,000 pages of paper documents. 163 CDs containing documents, video files and a nuclear program.

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave a speech on April 30 last year accusing Iran of lying on the nuclear issue and showing the stolen documents as evidence. The Iranian side responded that Netanyahu's statement is ridiculous and naive, and is intended to influence Trump's final decision on the Iranian nuclear agreement.

The world situation is unpredictable, and there is more frank communication and communication between countries around the world.

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