In a move surprising nobody, Russia demands backdoor to spy on instant messaging app users:
The bill is being pushed by Russian Senator Elena Mizulina, who said she is deeply concerned about closed chatrooms on messaging apps because as teenagers are being “brainwashed” by extremists into murdering police officers, according to Current Time, a TV station for Russian-speaking audiences in countries bordering Russia.
The bill also states that citizens will be fined between 3,000-5,000 rubles if they don’t comply with decrypting electronic communications, while officials who stand in the way can potentially be fined 30,000-50,000 rubles.
Mizulina is also behind the controversial law banning “homosexual propaganda” from 2013 and has also called for messaging platforms to be “pre-filtered” in the past in order to cut down and prevent conversations about suicide, but this was deemed to be infeasible to deploy as a solution thanks to the way encryption works.
Sounds like Russia is facing the same kinds of problems with idiotic politicians the rest of the world continues to deal with on a daily basis.