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Putin names Caucasus peak after spies

December 12, 2008


Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has named a peak in the Caucasus Mountains in honor of Russian spies.

Putin’s office says the prime minister signed a resolution to call a previously nameless mountain the Peak of Russian Counterintelligence Agents.

The 10,788-foot peak is in Russia’s North Ossetia province near the border with Georgia and its breakaway South Ossetia region — the focus of Russia’s August war with Georgia.

Putin’s office said Thursday he named the peak in the Sugansky Ridge after North Ossetia’s legislature submitted a proposal.

Putin became prime minister in May after eight years as president. He served 16 years with the Soviet KGB and later as chief of its main successor agency.


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