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Dec-20-2009 Russian Special Security Services Mark Their Professional Holiday
Russia’s security services turn 92 years old on Sunday. On this day in 1917 the Soviet People’s Commissar passed a law to form the all Russia Emergency Commission or (CHEKA). Until 1995 the 20th of December was celebrated as Chekist Day, after that date it came to be known as the Day of the Members of the Security Services of the Russian federation .
According to the head of the FSB, Alexander Bortnikov, per the Security Services Yearly Summary for 2009, 81 terrorist acts were uncovered and prevented in the North Caucuses, 782 separatists and militants were detained, 42 counter terrorist operations were carried out, and an unspecified but significant number of special service and intelligence operations, these includes those of a military nature. More than 1,600 weapons, 490 IEDs or (improvised explosive devices) and more than 5.5 tons of explosives were also seized .
At present, in the Russian Federation, there exist several Special Services, the Federal Security Service or FSB, the External Intelligence Service or SVR, the Federal Protection Service or FSO and The Main Directorate of Special Programs of the President of the Russian Federation. During Soviet times all of these Special Services were part of the structure of the Committee for State Security, or KGB, of the USSR.
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