Russia’s Intelligence System – A Presentation

You can read the slides at this link: https:// inmoscowsshadows.files. wordpress.com/2015/01/150123- galeotti-casis- russiasintelsystem.pdf

There is a two minute podcast from Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty at this link: http://www.rferl.org/ content/daily-vertical- seventh-column/26801398.html

Russia’s Intelligence System – A Presentation

https://inmoscowsshadows. wordpress.com/2015/01/24/ russias-intelligence-system-a- presentation/

Screen Shot 2015-01-24 at 12.03.10I was delighted to be invited to speak to the 2015 Annual Symposium of CASIS, the Canadian Association for Security and Intelligence Studies, in Ottawa. I was discussing Russia’s Intelligence System and to try and say something meaningful in just half an hour, I concentrated not just on the ‘who’-which agencies there were within the Russian intelligence and security community-so much as what was distinctive about how they operate in real life. My final conclusions were that the Kremlin ought to beware what it wished for, that it had agencies which were functional in appearance, but politically often counter-productive:

They are technically highly capable, even if sometimes badly tasked
They now reinforce Putin’s assumptions, not inform his world view
They reinforce the world’s view of Putinism
They are cynical opportunists at home, loyal to themselves
(To this end, I still suspect they may be key elements of what I have called the “Seventh Column,” the insiders who may ultimately turn on Putin.)

The slides for my talk (© Mark Galeotti 2015) are at: 150123-Galeotti-CASIS- RussiasIntelSystem

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