Federal Security Service (FSB)

FSB Stops Activities of 116 Spies in Russia

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Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) stopped the activities of 27 intelligence officers in 2006, and 89 agents of foreign secret services, FSB director Nikolai Patrushev said at a meeting with reporters of Russian media on Tuesday.

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December 19, 2006

British Police See FSB as Prime Suspect in Litvinenko Poisoning

Scotland Yard detectives arrive at Moscow's Domodedovo airport, December 4, 2006. Photo: REUTERS

Intelligence services in Britain are convinced that the poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko was authorized by the Russian Federal Security Service, The Times newspaper reports.

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December 5, 2006

Russian Intelligence Says Not Involved in Ex-Spy Poisoning in UK

Russia’s foreign intelligence service denied Monday any involvement in the alleged poisoning of a former agent in London.

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November 21, 2006

Russian Spy Suspect Held in Canada Airport

A suspected Russian spy has been arrested in Montreal as he was about to board a plane to leave the country, the National Post has learned, capping a Canadian counter-intelligence operation that suggests espionage is alive and well long after the Cold War.

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November 16, 2006

Russian Official Detained on Spying Charges

Russia’s Federal Security Service has detained a high-ranking official of the Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN) who had been cooperating with Lithuanian secret services for a long time, Itar-Tass reported on Tuesday.

The FSB’s public relations center identified the detainee as Lt-Col Vasily Khitryuk of the FSIN’s internal service office in Kaliningrad, Russia’s Baltic exclave.

The officer allegedly passed state military secrets to the Baltic country’s security services, RIA Novosti adds.

“The suspect used his former colleagues and friends who serve in the Russian army and security-related agencies to obtain confidential information”, the service said in a statement.

“Following orders from a Lithuanian intelligence officer, he [Khitryuk] offered them monetary rewards for supplying him with copies of secret documents,” the statement said.

The FSB said that during Khitryuk’s arrest, officers seized computer storage devices with files containing top-secret information on the combat readiness of the Baltic Fleet and Russia’s military contingent in Kaliningrad.

The service said it had gathered enough evidence to launch a criminal investigation.

The Embassy of Lithuania in Moscow refused to comment on the arrest. “We do not comment on such information,” an embassy official quoted by RIA Novosti said.

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October 27, 2006