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Report of Agora International ‘Russia under surveillance 2017’

Agora International presents report ‘Russia under surveillance 2017: How the Russian state is setting up a system of total control over its citizens’.

Report of Agora International ‘Russia under surveillance 2017’
Report of Agora International ‘Russia under surveillance 2017’

This report covers the period from May 2016 to April 2017, and continues the work of the 2016 ‘Russia under surveillance’ report, which dealt with the variety of mechanisms used by Russian authorities for politically-motivated surveillance.

Summarizing the results of the 2016 report, we concluded that the Russian state had, in recent years, organized a complex system of monitoring and surveillance of civic activists, independent journalists and the political opposition. This system, applied under the pretext of ensuring public security, combatting extremism and terrorism, is used to monitor individuals’ movements within Russia and abroad, wiretaps and interception of correspondence, outdoor surveillance, covert audio and video surveillance, interception of email, collection, analysis and systematization of biometric data. In addition to these formally legal means of tracking, some manifestly illegal methods have also been used actively, such as hacking accounts of various internet services.

For the period 2007-2016, we have used open sources to document 352 separate instances of surveillance for political reasons. Most of these constitute collection of various biometric data (fingerprinting, photographing, collecting biometric data for the purposes of DNA analysis and genome registration). In 2016 and 2017 reports of new instances of data collection about activists continued to appear. However, legislative amendments and clear campaign against anonymity show us that control of non-sanctioned civil activity is just one of the objectives pursued.

The Russian authorities clearly intend to collect the maximum possible amount of information not only about all Russian Federation citizens and those who reside in the country temporarily. Now Russia’s interest area includes also citizens who reside abroad on a permanent or temporary basis, owners of foreign property, bank accounts and companies, football fans and agents of law enforcement authorities.

You can read the full version of the report here.



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More than 50 lawyers work for Agora International Human Rights Group
Ramil Akhmetgaliev
Lawyer, Kazan
Damir Gainutdinov
Damir Gainutdinov
Lawyer, Moscow
Vitaliy Cherkasov
Vitaliy Cherkasov
Lawyer, St. Petersburg
Natasha Dobreva
Lawyer, Sofia (Bulgaria)
Andrey Sabinin
Lawyer, Stavropol

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