DEFENCE INTELLIGENCE

SRI report: Russia’s growing incisiveness heightens insecurity and instability in Eastern Europe

Domestically, the high level of corruption favoured the persistence of significant vulnerabilities in society’s and institutional system’s overall dynamic, according to the Romanian Intelligence Service’s (SRI) 2014 activity review report filed within Parliament’s permanent bureaus.
The SRI report is to be debated by the joint parliamentary Committee for the SRI control.
Externally, Russia’s growing incisiveness in consolidating its own influence in Europe’s eastern neighbourhood amplified the regional climate of instability and insecurity, the document shows.
“The global and regional developments registered in 2014 maintained Romania in an area of interference between the interests of the main geopolitical actors, the growth of Russia’s incisiveness in consolidating its own influence in Europe’s eastern neighbourhood and in countering the Euroatlantic vector in the region amplifying the regional climate of instability and insecurity at a political, economic and military level. (…) Domestically, the continued presence of systemic deficiencies in multiple domains, against the backdrop of a still high level of corruption, favoured the persistence of significant vulnerabilities in the overall dynamic of society and of the institutional system. (…) Terrorist risks at national level maintained their external causality, being linked to the spread of instability in northern Africa and the worsening violence in the Syria-Iraq region,” SRI’s activity review report reads.
According to the document, the proliferation of corruption manifested itself especially at the level of public administration, the abusive/illegal activities of some local decision-makers, serving their personal or group interests, being intensified by links with members of the underworld.
“Organized crime groups managed to penetrate public institutions at high level, civil servants or dignitaries being reported as members or even coordinators of organized crime rings,” the report adds.
The aforementioned source points out that SRI sent 5,373 intelligence reports to legal beneficiaries at central level as well as to law-enforcement bodies, among the latter the National Anticorruption Directorate receiving 1,229 intelligence reports.
In what concerns cyber attacks, SRI identified, investigated and counteracted 13 such attacks attributed most likely to state entities. The attacks targeted information infrastructure belonging to public institutions and private entities in Romania as well as in partner or allied states.

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