Yeltsin bolsters security

President Boris Yeltsin has expanded the powers of the Federal Security Service, the main successor to the KGB, by bringing Russia's border guards under its control. Under the new arrangement, the Federal Security Service, or FSB, will now have a broader mandate in dealing with issues involving counter-intelligence and domestic security issues.

Russian liberals expressed concern over the move, fearing it might lead to the creation of a KGB-type organisation that would be closed to public scrutiny. - AP, Moscow