Russian President addresses FSB (former KGB)

In yesterday’s annual speech to the Federal Security Service’s board meeting President Medvedev complimented the agency for successfully fulfilling their tasks for the year 2009. In outlining the agency’s primary responsibilities, President Medvedev spoke of the fight against terrorism and extremism, economic security and counterintelligence activities.

(Photo: Russian Presidential Press Service) President Medvedev inspects new FSB internal security equipment.

A top priority for 2010 will be the effective protection of Russian borders. The President drew attention to new challenges accompanying the creation of the Customs Union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan, as well as the need for helping South Ossetia and Abkhazia strengthen their borders, something surely to be a sticking point in relations with the West.

Mr Medvedev stressed the need to continue with the publication of archival materials and to preserve the historical truth about the events of the Great Patriotic War (World War II) years of which Russia will celebrate the 65th victory anniversary this year.