Former NSA employee Edward Snowden. Screen shot 2015
In his Twitter has been granted asylum in Russia, Edward Snowden wrote that “Putin has signed a repressive law, which not only violates human rights but also contradicts common sense”. American said that in addition to the political and constitutional consequences of the “law of Spring” is also a tax on the Internet worth more than $33 billion.
“People ask me whether I am afraid of retribution for their criticism. Fear. But this did not prevent me to criticize the White house, and I won’t stop my criticism here,” wrote Snowden.
June 25, Snowden urged Putin not to sign the state Duma adopted the “anti-terrorist package”, calling him a “Big brother law” by analogy with the system of surveillance described in George Orwell’s “1984”. The requirement for Telecom operators and Internet companies to store text messages to their conversations, but also images, sounds, videos, other reports, up to six months Snowden called “not just dangerous, but impractical”.
“Mass surveillance does not work. The bill will take away money and freedom of every Russian, with the security level will not grow,” — said Snowden.
On the eve against the adoption of “anti-terrorism package” of Spring by business Ombudsman Boris Titov, human rights activists and representatives of mobile operators, which estimated additional costs implementation of the new requirements 2.2 trillion and warned of an imminent rise in tariffs for the connection.
On Thursday, Putin signed the “anti-terrorism package”, while instructing to take measures to minimise the financial risks associated with the implementation of bills. In the Kremlin reported that the President instructed the government and the FSB to prepare a draft documents and, in particular, to “pay special attention” on application of norms that require “significant financial resources and modern technical means”.