Putin calls on Russian intelligence to support economy
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, a former KGB officer, called on Saturday for the country's intelligence services to support economic modernisation, RIA Novosti reported.
"At a time when we are facing a problem related to the modernisation of the economy, assistance from the intelligence services is not superfluous," the news agency quoted him as saying in a broadcast to air on Saturday evening.
Putin said intelligence agents must work within the constraints of the law when operating abroad, a reference to a string of embarrassing spy revelations to hit Russia this year.
In the most high-profile case, US authorities uncovered a Russian spy ring in June leading to the deportation of 10 agents, including "femme fatale" Anna Chapman.
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