Russian President Vladimir Putin called on the Federal Security Service (FSB) to prevent radicals or individuals with a criminal past from working in the Crimean government, RIA Novosti.

“I ask that you pay special attention to the formation of the FSB’s subdivisions in Crimea and Sevastopol,” Putin said during a meeting with FSB officials.

“They have the task of not allowing individuals with a criminal past or those with radical and extremist tendencies, as well as those attempting to disrupt the normal development of Crimea and Sevastopol, into government agencies” the Russian president added.