Over 400 Ukrainian Military Personnel Request Refugee Status in Russia

Over 400 Ukrainian Military Personnel Request Refugee Status in Russia

10:56 04/08/2014

ROSTOV-ON-DON, August 4 (RIA Novosti) – More than 400 Ukrainian military personnel requested refugee status from Russian border guards on Monday and Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) has opened a corridor for the soldiers, a spokesman for the border control agency told RIA Novosti.

“Overnight 438 Ukrainian military personnel turned to Russian border guards with a request for refugee [status],” the head of the FSB’s border control in the southern Russian region of Rostov, Vasily Malaeyev, said.

Border control authorities have opened a humanitarian corridor and have allowed refugees into Russia. Among the 438 personnel, 164 are employees of Ukraine’s State Border Service.

Fierce battles in Ukraine’s southeastern regions have not abated since mid-April when Kiev officials announced the beginning of a special operation against local independence supporters. As a result, many Ukrainian servicemen left their military posts to cross into Russia.

On Sunday, 12 soldiers from the Ukrainian Armed Forces made it into Russia and applied for an asylum at Gukovo checkpoint in Russia’s Rostov Region, saying they had run out of food and ammunition.

Last month, another 40 Ukrainian troops abandoned their military units and asked independence supporters to allow them to come to Russia in order not to fight against their own people.

International Effort Thwarted Terrorist Attacks in Sochi – FSB

International Effort Thwarted Terrorist Attacks in Sochi – FSB

MOSCOW, April 9 (RIA Novosti) – A cooperative effort by the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) with its international counterparts thwarted a series of planned terrorist attacks on venues at the Sochi Winter Olympics, FSB chief Aleksandr Bortnikov told RIA Novosti on Wednesday.

“One of the examples is joint efforts by the FSB and its colleagues from the United States, Austria, France, Germany and Georgia in relation to a group of people planning terrorist attacks on Olympic venues in Sochi. Together with our foreign counterparts we managed to thwart these attacks,” Bortnikov said.

The FSB chief stressed that terrorism is currently understood to be a transnational crime, with over 70 countries around the globe facing terrorist plots last year. Russia’s strong stand on terrorism and its strict counterterrorism efforts have made it a prime target for terrorists.

Bortnikov also said the country is currently reviewing legislation in an attempt to increase the effectiveness of counterterrorism.

“In the wake of recent events in Syria, new norms have been introduced to the country’s legal code stipulating harsh punishment for training in terrorist camps, as well as setting up, leading or financing terrorist organizations,” he said.

Bortnikov added that 28 terrorist attacks have already been averted this year by a series of counterterrorism operations conducted by Russian security forces under the supervision of the National Anti-Terrorist Committee.

FSB will do exploration with 80 megapixel camera

FSB will do exploration  with 80 megapixel camera

30.12.2013 Izvestiya.ru
Federal Security Service (FSB) tests unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) with 80-megapixel cameras and thermal imagers for rapid creation of high-resolution terrain plans during special operations. To quickly bring together a large array of shots to a single map the troops receives a special computer program. Experts believe that the use of non-combat drones will allow to save lives of personnel and to improve the efficiency of operations.