Putin says Western spies plot against Russia before polls

March 26, 2015 2:15 PM

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Putin says Western spies plot against Russia before polls

MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin accused Western spies on Thursday of plotting to undermine his rule and "destabilize" Russia before elections by using public organizations for their own goals.

At a meeting of Russia's Federal Security Service, a successor to the Soviet-era KGB, Putin took aim at non-governmental groups which receive foreign funding, saying Moscow would not relax its scrutiny of their activities.

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