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Russia celebrates Foreign Intelligence's 90th anniversary

RIA Novosti

15:14 15/12/2010 MOSCOW, December 15 (RIA Novosti) - President Dmitry Medvedev has congratulated Russian spies on their professional holiday, the 90th anniversary of the country's Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR).

During the ceremony at the SVR headquarters in southwest Moscow, Medvedev said the security service should thoroughly analyze the recently leaked U.S. diplomatic cables and take precautions over its own secret logs.

"The global information flow that the world plunged into has dramatically changed the system of making decisions, creating brand new problems. Some of them have become completely visible over the last months," Medvedev said, referring to WikiLeaks revelations' growing avalanche.

The president praised the Foreign Intelligence's work, saying Russia's security service was effective, quick and reliable.

"This year, even though it is a large anniversary, became troublesome, like perhaps many others," Medvedev said, slightly referring to the July spy row between Moscow and Washington, when 10 Russian spies were arrested in the United States and then were freed in a swap deal between the two countries.

SVR should improve and change its methods in line with growing global threats such as cyber crimes and international terrorism, Medevedev said.

He did not specify, however, on the SVR's staff reshufflings held in the wake of the July spy scandal.

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