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Speaking at a meeting of the National Antiterrorist Committee, Bortnikov also said that “bandit leaders” could take advantage of the Russian conflict with Georgia in order to “activate criminal activity in the North Caucasus region.”
“In the context of the aggravation of the operational situation associated with the attack of the Georgian Armed Forces on the settlements of South Ossetia and Russian peacekeepers in the conflict zone, information about the preparation by the Georgian special services of terrorist actions, as well as the intentions of the bandit leaders, to intensify criminal activities in the North Caucasus region, instructions are given to take the necessary measures to ensure the antiterrorist protection of public authorities, “Bortnikov said.
Press secretary of the Georgian Interior Ministry Shota Utiashvili quickly rejected the approval of the director of the Russian special services.
“This is utter nonsense,” Utiashvili told Reuters. “The Russians are looking for an excuse to prolong the occupation and expand it.”
Bortnikov ordered to strengthen the protection of state bodies, “transport, industry, energy, life support facilities and places of mass stay of people, especially in the Southern Federal District.”
On Tuesday, Russia closed the border with Georgia and Azerbaijan for citizens of countries outside the CIS. An exception was made only for the Abkhaz section of the border.
The head of the Federal Security Service also expressed a desire to check what is being done to prevent events in Russia that are reminiscent of September 11, 2001 in the United States.
“As part of monitoring the implementation of the decisions of the NAC, we will assess the state of work to prevent the use of public aviation assets for terrorist purposes and measures to improve state regulation in this area,” Russian agencies quoted Bortnikov.
In May, the FSB announced the exposure of a Russian citizen who allegedly was engaged in espionage in favor of Georgia. Georgia then rejected this accusation.
And on August 11, in the midst of the conflict, Bortnikov personally announced the disclosure of nine Georgian agents, who, he claimed, were engaged in both espionage and preparation of terrorist acts.
In 2006, for a short time, Georgia arrested four Russian officers on espionage charges, which led to confrontation with Russia, which is inferior only to the current crisis.
The National Antiterrorism Committee was created by Vladimir Putin in February 2006. It is headed by the director of the FSB, and its members are the majority of heads of Russian law enforcement agencies.
Alexander Bortnikov has been heading the FSB since May this year. All the years of his adult life he gave state security (he started in the Leningrad KGB administration, as well as Putin). Prior to his appointment to his current post, Bortnikov was deputy director of the FSB.
At the NAC meeting it became known that two new officials appeared in its composition. Viktor Ivanov, under Putin’s deputy head of the presidential administration for personnel matters, joined the NAC as head of the State Drug Control Service.
Vladimir Kulishov, former head of the FSB department for Chechnya, became simultaneously a member of the NAC and deputy director of the FSB.
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