Tuesday, October 23, 2007, 10/23/2007 01:43:00 PM

Russia & Economic Espionage -- Spyor or Spyee?

From Axis, a story concerning the appointment of new Russian spy chief (and former Prime Minister), Mikhail Fradkov.

According to the story, President Putin says he wants the Russian foreign intelligence service to "help fight terrorism, but also expected Fradkov to build up efforts in economic espionage."

According the ITAR-TASS news agency, Putin says the service "must be able to swiftly and adequately evaluate changes in the international economic situation, understand their consequences for the domestic economy and, of course, it's necessary to more actively protect the economic interest of our companies abroad."

Does that mean guarding the trade secrets of Russian companies or stealing the trade secrets of others on their behalf?

Your guess is as good as mine.

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