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Everyone’s favorite Russian strongman and current Prime Minister Vladimir Putin recently named a mountain peak in the Caucasus to honor his country’s spies past and present. The 10,722-ft. peak, in an area known as Sugan Ridge, will now be known as “The Peak of Russian Counterintelligence Agents.”
Putin has a well-earned reputation for shrewd and deceptive politics; The Peak of Russian Counterintelligence Agents (whew) lies in North Ossetia, just across the border from recent wartime enemies Georgia and the disputed South Ossetia region. It’s a bold move, and an ominous message to the Georgians. Can you imagine if Canada renamed a mountain just beyond our border Spy Mountain? We’d be nervous—if it wasn’t, well, Canada.