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 WASHINGTON, Nov. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Among the distinguished speakers and guests at the 1993 International Security Systems Symposium & Exhibition (ISSS), none comes from a more fascinating background than Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Victor G. Budanov, a former senior official of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service.
 Following his retirement from government service in 1992, Budanov was sought out by a group of 21 member firms of the newly emerging private security industry in Russia which had decided to form an organization called The Association of Business Security, or ABS, for the purpose of establishing standards of professional conduct and competence and for promoting the common welfare of the industry. Budanov, who enjoyed an extremely good reputation for professionalism and personal integrity within the Russian governmental security, intelligence and law enforcement communities, was elected president of the new ABS, which in little more than a year has grown to a corporate membership of almost 60 firms and has become the premier professional association of the Russian security industry. ABS companies provide services across the full spectrum of personnel and asset security, from executive protection to high-tech computer security.
 One of the very high prices the Russian people are paying as they undertake the enormously difficult and painful transition to an open, democratic society and a free market economy is a precipitous rise in crime. Although corruption of various stripes was endemic in the former Communist regime, violent crime on an organized scale was virtually unknown. This new phenomenon has created a large demand for private security throughout the Russian Federation. Budanov's adamancy that organized crime be kept out of the security industry to prevent the fox- in-the-hen-house syndrome has already resulted in the expulsion of two firms and the barring of several applicant companies which did not meet the rigid membership criteria set by Budanov.
 The accomplishments of the ABS during its brief, two-year start-up phase under Budanov have been impressive. Professional standards have been introduced. Education has been given a high priority and a joint program has already been launched with Moscow State University. And an excellent training system for bank security officers has been initiated which includes two-week courses in the United States.
 When a People to People International delegation of 60 security specialists from 10 countries visited Russia last fall, Budanov was the host. Concurrent with the delegation's visit was the first-ever CIS- wide Security Symposium, held in Moscow's Armand Hammer International Trade Center and chaired by Budanov. The delegation leader, Gerard Burke, head of the Parvus Jerico Group, was invited to co-chair the symposium, which drew 500 conferees from throughout the former Soviet Union. Thus began an association between the two men which has resulted in the establishment of Jerico Russia, with Budanov as its president. From its offices in a modern high-rise in central Moscow, the Russian- American firm, a member of the Parvus Jerico Group, directs security and business investigative operations throughout the vast territory of Russia. Its engagements range from oil pipeline security in the volatile Caucases to complex insurance fraud in the urban centers. Budanov, in the meanwhile, has reduced his ABS role to a voluntary, on- call presidency in order to handle the extraordinary demands of Jerico Russia.
 Budanov was born 58 years ago in the Altay region of central Siberia, an area known as the Siberian Switzerland because of its topography and fame as a skiing mecca. He earned his university degree in engineering in Novosibirsk and, following a stint in the Red Army, joined the First Chief Directorate, or foreign intelligence arm, of the KGB. Fluent in English and German, he served abroad in several posts in Western Europe and Africa and traveled extensively before being named head of counter-terrorism and subsequently of external counter- intelligence. An avid fly-fisherman and devotee of classical music, Budanov and his wife Tatiana live in Moscow. He has two children and one grandchild.
 Earlier this year, Budanov became the first member of the American Society of Industrial Security (ASIS) from the Russian Federation and in August was invited to speak at the ASIS annual conference, held this year in Washington. He has been interviewed on American, British and Russian television. The Budanov-Burke business partnership was featured last year on "CBS Street Stories" and last month in Forbes. They will also be featured in an upcoming segment of "48 Hours."
 E.J. Krause & Associates, Inc., is privileged to welcome an international security specialist of Budanov's stature and is honored to present him as one of its special speakers at ISSS 93.
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