Russian intelligence service celebrates anniversary with CD

Russia's security officers compiled a collection of intelligence agents' favorite songs about their profession to mark the country's annual Chekist's Day, which commemorates the establishment of the Soviet secret police, the Cheka, on Dec. 20, 1917. Veterans and active security service officers who attended a celebration in the Kremlin were given the 22-track disc titled "Being an Agent Is Their Difficult Job," the British newspaper The Guardian reports. Thursday. Many of the songs were written and performed by serving officers. Titles include "I Obey Orders," "From Kabul to Washington," and "Here Goes Your Friend, Off on a Mission." Boris Labusov, a spokesman for the Foreign Intelligence Service which is celebrating its 80th anniversary, said the songs had been chosen to represent the realities of life as an intelligence officer, UPI reports.