12 January 2014

Russian FSO to monitor "negatively minded citizens"

From the Russian Izvestia:
Since this year, the Federal Protective Service (FSO)* will conduct daily monitoring of all publications by Russian bloggers on their attitude to the government. "Powers"** will create a special database of negatively minded citizens who post on their Internet sites publications of opposition (dissident) leaning. At the same time representatives of FSO intend to follow not only known bloggers from the capital, but also control web users from the regions. This was told to "Izvestia" by a source close to FSO.
"It is not about control or tightening some nuts***. It is just that when we'll be able to monitor bloggers and create a database, it will become easier to track and prevent many egregious incidents . For example, before the two activists of the banned National Bolshevik Party pelted with tomatoes the King of the Netherlands in the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, the information on the preparation of this act has been already on the web. If it were followed, then this would not have happened,"  said the anonymous source.
Yeah, now pull the other one. On the other hand, why not? What is allowed to NSA and MI5/6/7... is surely OK for FSO. Besides, who knows: King of Netherlands may not like tomatoes indeed.

(*) Federal Protective Service (FSO) or Federalnaya Sluzhba Okhrany is a result of good ole KGB being split into external and internal security services. Unfortunately (or intentionally, who knows, when choosing the name for the new service, the word "Okhrana" (protection) that was used also for the infamous Tzarist Okhranka. Well, whatever.

(**) Powers: the only (and poorly matching) translation for the relatively new Russian word Силовики (Siloviki), which in fact is used as a general term for all kinds of enforcement outfits: police, army, FSB, FSO, you name it.

(***) This is Google's choice of translation, and I liked it too much to change. Some nuts will be definitely put in a vise.


SnoopyTheGoon said...

Now why do I think this will go to the benefit, not of Netherland kings, but of one Vladmir Putin?

SnoopyTheGoon said...

He... excellent question ;-)

SnoopyTheGoon said...

"Negatively minded citizens"! Now that is a phrase that George Orwell would have loved!
Okhrana, why not? It sounds like an appropriate title for the secret police of Vladimir I, Czar of all the Russians, (aka Putin)

Putin looks like a thug, especially when he is wearing a suit and tie.