Russian-Tajik biological agreement backed by intelligence services
Tajik President Emomalii Rahmon's visit to Moscow in April concluded [...]
The successor to Russia’s KGB after the fall of the Soviet Union, the Russian intelligence service FSB has a field of action goes way beyond counterintelligence and includes repression of political opposition, monitoring and control of the media. It may soon be integrated into a new Russian ministry of security.
Petro Poroshenko's defeat in Ukraine's presidential elections last month has triggered intense in-fighting between the defence industry's established movers and shakers and newcomers keen to get in on the action. Western allies and defence companies are watching with trepidation. [...]
The end of April was marked by a series of arrests and accusations in Russian internal intelligence. At the centre of the purge in all but name is the economic security service of the FSB, the control tower of the country's economy - and its oligarchs. [...]