Putin purges 150 intelligence agents for Ukraine failures: Report

Russian President Vladimir Putin has dismissed about 150 Federal Security Bureau officers, sending some to prison, since Russia’s Feb. 24 invasion of Ukraine, according to a report on Monday.

The expelled officers are all members of the Fifth Service division of the FSB, responsible for counterintelligence in the countries of the former Soviet Union, such as Ukraine. Putin’s purge reportedly includes the former head of the Fifth Service, Sergei Beseda, who has been sent to a Moscow prison after being placed on house arrest last month.

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