NEWSWATCH: “You’ve Lost Control Again; Black Lists and Total Monitoring: Agora’s New Report on the Surveillance of Russians; A person’s life is utterly transparent to the secret services” – The Russian Reader/ Republic.ru/ Damir Gainutdinov

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“The Agora International Human Rights Group has released a report entitled ‘Russia under Surveillance 2017: How the Authorities Are Setting Up a Total System for Monitoring Citizens.’ …. The Russian state has been harvesting an unprecedented amount of information about its citizens …. It maintains a system of black lists … and has been engaged in a relentless assault on internet anonymity. … Russia has been assembling a complex system for monitoring grassroots activists, reporters, and members of the opposition, a system that encompasses at least several thousand people. Under the pretext of public safety, and fighting extremism and terrorism, the security forces have been monitoring people’s movements around the country and when they cross national borders, wiretapping their phone conversations, intercepting their SMS and email messages, staking them out and surveilling them with audio and video equipment, and analyzing and systematizing biometric information.  They have made vigorous use of illegal methods, for example, hacking internet accounts.  The key problem is the absolute lack of control over the state’s invasion of our private lives. … over the past ten years, the courts have on average approved 98.35% of motions by the state to limit a person’s privacy of correspondence. The upshot is that any law-abiding resident of Russia is now constantly exposed to the risk of arbitrary access to her private life …. Privacy and the presumption of innocence are meaningless, and the intensity of the interference has been constantly increasing. …”

Click here for: “You’ve Lost Control Again; Black Lists and Total Monitoring: Agora’s New Report on the Surveillance of Russians; A person’s life is utterly transparent to the secret services” – The Russian Reader/ Republic.ru/ Damir Gainutdinov

Russian-language article: https://republic.ru/posts/85957?code=059e29b55e266ff13c678ca24171bc40

[PDF] Full Report In Russian: https://republic.ru/uploads/%D0%A0%D0%BE%D1%81%D1%81%D0%B8%D1%8F-%D0%BF%D0%BE%D0%B4-%D0%BD%D0%B0%D0%B1%D0%BB%D1%8E%D0%B4%D0%B5%D0%BD%D0%B8%D0%B5%D0%BC-2017_final%20(1).pdf

See also: “Russia’s surveillance state is giving us a false sense of security; The Russian state’s mass expansion of surveillance online and offline is not making citizens any safer.” – www.opendemocracy.net – Damir Gainutdinov