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Spy games: behind Russia’s massive Olympic surveillance program

28
Jan
2014

The Sochi Winter Games are already the most expensive Olympics on record, and theyre shaping up to be the most watched, as well — not by spectators or television viewers, but by the Russian government. Amid heightened security concerns and terrorist threats, Russian security forces have constructed a powerful surveillance system designed to monitor the movements and communications of virtually everyone on the ground at Sochi. The Russian secret services are just obsessed by the idea of … total control, says Irina Borogan, an investigative journalist for Moscow-based watchdog Agentura.ru. Last year, Borogan and Agentura editor-in-chief Andrei Soldatov published a series of reports on the surveillance programs that Russia is implementing for the Winter Olympics, which run from February 7th through the 23rd.

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