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Putin Tells Security Service To Be On Alert, Warns On NGOs

Vladimir Putin delivers a speech during a session of the board of the FSB security service in Moscow on April 7.
President Vladimir Putin has told Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) to be on the alert against militant attacks and said the country must not let nongovernmental organizations be used for "destructive" purposes "as in Ukraine."

Putin, who met with the leaders of the FSB today, told them to remain on the alert after the Sochi Winter Olympics and expressed concern about the danger of internal dissent being fuelled by the West following events in Ukraine.

According to Putin, actions of 46 employees of foreign secret services and 258 of their agents were stopped by the FSB last year on Russian territory. Russian Preside

Putit urged the FSB to develop Russia's border infrastructure in the Arctic, adding that after the withdrawal of international troops from Afghanistan this year, Russia's "allies" in Central Asia "might need our help" to prevent destabilization in the region.

Based on reporting by RIA Novosti and Interfax