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Contracting Out Embassy Security. What could possibly go wrong?

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Turkeytop
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Contracting Out Embassy Security. What could possibly go wrong?

Post by Turkeytop » Tue Nov 14, 2017 9:30 pm

U.S. Hires Company With K.G.B. Link to Guard Moscow Embassy


MOSCOW — When President Vladimir V. Putin in July ordered American diplomatic missions in Russia to slash their staff by 755 employees, the State Department said it would need time to assess the “impact of such a limitation and how we will respond to it.”

Part of that response has now become clear: To make up for the loss of security guards axed in the Russian-mandated staff cuts, Washington has hired a private Russian company that grew out of a security business co-founded by Mr. Putin’s former K.G.B. boss, an 82-year-old veteran spy who spent 25 years planting agents in Western security services and hunting down their operatives.

Under a $2.8 million no-bid contract awarded by the Office of Acquisitions in Washington, security guards at the American Embassy in Moscow and at consulates in St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg and Vladivostok will be provided by Elite Security Holdings, a company closely linked to the former top K.G.B. figure, Viktor G. Budanov, a retired general who rose through the ranks to become head of Soviet counterintelligence.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/14/worl ... w-kgb.html



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Re: Contracting Out Embassy Security. What could possibly go wrong?

Post by NS8401 » Tue Nov 14, 2017 9:32 pm

Turkeytop wrote:
Tue Nov 14, 2017 9:30 pm
U.S. Hires Company With K.G.B. Link to Guard Moscow Embassy


MOSCOW — When President Vladimir V. Putin in July ordered American diplomatic missions in Russia to slash their staff by 755 employees, the State Department said it would need time to assess the “impact of such a limitation and how we will respond to it.”

Part of that response has now become clear: To make up for the loss of security guards axed in the Russian-mandated staff cuts, Washington has hired a private Russian company that grew out of a security business co-founded by Mr. Putin’s former K.G.B. boss, an 82-year-old veteran spy who spent 25 years planting agents in Western security services and hunting down their operatives.

Under a $2.8 million no-bid contract awarded by the Office of Acquisitions in Washington, security guards at the American Embassy in Moscow and at consulates in St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg and Vladivostok will be provided by Elite Security Holdings, a company closely linked to the former top K.G.B. figure, Viktor G. Budanov, a retired general who rose through the ranks to become head of Soviet counterintelligence.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/14/worl ... w-kgb.html
Fantastic... gotta love those odd and coincidental Russian things in the current governments orbit...



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