Articles by Irina Borogan
Several government agencies have been given expanded authority to conduct surveillance on Russians.
With the rise in protests, drones will be used more often for surveillance purposes against protests and perhaps even to spy on opposition leaders and activists.
Two top officials who were conspicuously absent from President Dmitry MedvedevТs meeting with top security officials Ч Interior Minister Rashid Nurgaliyev and Federal Security Service director Alexander Bortnikov. They should have been grilled on whether everything possible had been done to prevent the attack.
In December 2000, then-director of the Federal Security Service proudly described the FSBТs rank and file: УOur best colleagues, the honor and pride of the FSB, donТt do their work for the money... They are, if you like, our new nobility.Ф He hit the nail on the head.
The recent spy flap is evidence of a serious crisis within RussiaТs intelligence. The golden days of Russian espionage were during the era of Comintern, the international Communist organization. That was a while ago.
The focus on the KremlinТs war on terrorism is not to save lives but to make sure the state does not look weak.