More than 50 spies, newly graduated from the FSB Academy, celebrated passing the rigorous exam in Moscow. But it was not a typically spy celebration. They took their joy into the street of Moscow in Mercedes-Benz G500s, honking, coming out through the sunroofs and yelling at everyone around through the open windows of the SUVs.
James Bond must have thought this was just a bad spy movie when he saw the footage. These spies wannabes must have skipped the class about keeping a low profile and not revealing their true identity, because surely driving across the city in black shiny SUVs with the music to the max is exactly the opposite of what spies are supposed to do. And they went even further: they took photos and shot videos and uploaded them on Facebook and YouTube.
The madness got to Vladimir Putin’s ears, the current president and former KGB agent who worked undercover in East Germany. The president declined to give any public comment on the incident, but the Kremlin boss demanded immediate harsh retribution for the young spies who were ready to enroll in the Federal Security Service, the successor of the famous KGB.
So this is how all disgraced graduates were summoned to quit the secret service or accept exile to Siberia. Almost all of them opted for the desolate frosty Siberia, Life.ru reported.
The Federal Security Service deemed the incident as “indecent and demonstrative” and even went as far as penalizing the senior staff of the academy with demotions or forced resignations for allowing it to happen. Veteran Russian spies who saw the footage called the shamed agents pompous and arrogant, and said that by revealing their identities, it could be classified as treason.
Headquartered in Lubyanska Square in the heart of Moscow, the Federal Security Service teaches spies foreign languages, investigative skills, cryptography, counter-intelligence, weapons training and various fighting techniques, to convert them into highly-trained agents.
Source: The Drive.