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Surveillance at the Sochi Olympics 2014

Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan have published a new piece on the Russian Surveillance State, as part of the series of investigative pieces by Agentura.Ru, Citizen Lab and Privacy International.

The most recent article focuses on surveillance at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games, including the use of communications interception, drones, video surveillance and planned detection of submarines.

“The main role in providing security for the Olympics was handed over to the country’s all-powerful Federal Security Service, FSB. In May 2010 Oleg Syromolotov, deputy director of the FSB, has been appointed the chairman of the interdepartmental operations staff to provide security at the Games. Remarkably, inside of the FSB Oleg Syromolotov is not in charge of counterterrorism operations, as it might be expected, but a long-standing chief of the counter-intelligence department, and has spent his entire career at the KGB and then FSB hunting down foreign spies.”

The issue has also been covered today in the Guardian here and here.

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