Investigative journalists Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan wrote a post on the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) blog. Soldatov and Borogan have been investigating the Russian surveillance state as part of a joint project by Aventura.ru, the Citizen Lab and Privacy International.
The post looks at the extensive surveillance program introduced by Russian authorities in Sochi in connection with the 2014 Winter Olympic Games.
“A government decree signed by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on November 8, 2013, spelled this out unequivocally. The decree authorizes the government to collect telephone and Internet data of the Games’ organizers, athletes, and others, with particular emphasis on journalists. The latter are mentioned twice in the decree.”
Read the full blog post here.