ST. PETERSBURG: Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) that law enforcement forces have prevented 72 terrorist crimes in the country in 2020, up from 57 a year earlier. Despite the fact that many of the attempts were thwarted at an early stage, terrorism remains a serious threat with terrorists using more diverse tactics, Putin said at a meeting of the Federal Security Service (FSB) Board. It is necessary to better protect places of mass gathering, critical facilities and social institutions, and more effectively coordinate the work of the FSB and other security agencies, he said.