Putin Says Western Spies Plot Against Russia Before Polls

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. In 2012, after mass protests against him, Putin approved a law to force non-governmental organizations which engage in "political activity" to register with the Justice Ministry as "foreign agents" and file a report to officials every quarter.