Se­cu­rity at US em­bassy to be run by for­mer head of KGB

The Daily Telegraph - - World news - By Alec Luhn in Moscow

THE US em­bassy in Moscow is to be guarded by a com- pany owned by a for­mer head of KGB counter-in­tel­li­gence who worked with Kim Philby, the Bri­tish dou­ble agent, and a young Vladimir Putin, af­ter cuts to US staff de­manded by Rus­sia.

Elite Se­cu­rity Holdings was awarded a $2.83mil­lion (£2.15 mil­lion) con­tract to pro­vide “lo­cal guard ser­vices for US mis­sion Rus­sia”, which in­cludes the Moscow em­bassy and con­sulates in St Peters­burg, Yeka­ter­in­burg and Vladi­vos­tok, ac­cord­ing to a post on a US state pro­cure­ment web­site.

The con­tract and back­ground of the firm came to light in a Kom­m­er­sant news­pa­per re­port yes­ter­day.

Elite Se­cu­rity, a pri­vate com­pany and the old­est part of the epony­mous hold­ing, was founded in 1997 by Vik­tor Bu­danov and his son

Dmitry, ac­cord­ing to a Rus­sian busi­ness registry.

A 2002 ar­ti­cle posted on the site of Rus­sia’s for­eign in­tel­li­gence ser­vice iden­ti­fied Mr Bu­danov as a ma­jor gen­eral in the agency who be- came a Soviet spy in 1966 and re­tired a year af­ter the col­lapse of the USSR. His long work in Soviet and Rus­sian in­tel­li­gence could raise ques­tions about whether the guard ser­vices con­tract poses a se­cu­rity or in­tel­li­gence risk to the US mis­sion. The US em­bassy re­ferred

The Daily Tele­graph to the state depart­ment, which did not re­spond to re­quests for com­ment.

Be­fore his work in for­eign in­tel­li­gence, Mr Bu­danov was the direc­tor of KGB counter-in­tel­li­gence, he has told Rus­sian me­dia. He was also head of the KGB branch in East Ger­many in the late Eight­ies, where a young Mr Putin served un­der him.

He has also said he worked with Philby, who de­fected to the USSR in 1963, and was once a guest at a pri­vate lunch given in Philby’s honour by Yury An­dropov, the KGB head who be­came leader of the Soviet Union.

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