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Putin Calls For Restructuring State Security


21 January 2005 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin today called for "serious restructuring" of the state's programs to ensure security to citizens.

Russian news agencies ITAR-TASS and Interfax quoted Putin as telling a meeting of prosecutors that several terrorist attacks carried out last year by international criminal groups showed the necessity of "a serious restructuring of state activity in the security sphere."

Putin said that Russian citizens expect "concrete actions" from the authorities in solving crimes and punishing the perpetrators, as well as in averting attacks.

He said law-enforcement agencies must focus on predicting potential conflicts that terrorists could use to spark ethnic and religious unrest.

(AP/ITAR-TASS/Interfax)

[For full coverage on the recent wave of terror attacks in Russia, see RFE/RL's webpage on "Terror In Russia".]
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