“Big Brother–Long Ear” Marks Chekists’ Day

posted 20 Dec 2011, 10:53 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 20 Dec 2011, 10:54 ]
Source: HRO.org (info), 20/12/11 

· Security services  · Protests  · Moscow city & Moscow region 

Bloggers on Runet have reacted extremely negatively to the wiretapping of the phone of opposition politician Boris Nemtsov. Disgust at the unlawful methods used by the security services and the impunity with which they act has drowned out the sharp words allegedly said by Nemtsov in the recordings. The phone conversations, that were possibly fabricated, have been published on a website that rumour has long linked to the security services. 

Editor-in-chief of Echo of Moscow Aleksei Venediktov suggested that the publication of Nemtsov’s phone conversations merely serves to strengthen discontent with the authorities and will only push people to take part in the opposition rally on 24 December on Prospect Sakharov. “I know people who hadn’t intended to go to the rally, but after this they have decided to go,” Venediktov told Interfax. “I think that there will be more people because each of us puts ourselves in Nemtsov’s place and understands that our phones could be tapped and private conversations leaked to the media.” [Read more]