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Russia: Police Requests Data of Users Who Commented on Secret E-surveillance Unit Rumors

Categories: Eastern & Central Europe, Russia, Breaking News, Freedom of Speech, Governance, Politics, Technology, RuNet Echo

On April 17th, 2011 Yevgeniy Roizman, Yekaterinburg [1]-based politician, wrote [2] [ru] that police creates secret “I-departments,” new police units that will collect data on Internet users. After local news site URA.ru republished [3] [ru] his post and some users started to mock the idea, the website administrators received an official police request [4] [ru] to provide IP-addresses on the commenters. Police denied the rumor. URA.ru is currently inaccessible.