Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Russia: Duma Anxious to Wiretap Every Home in Russia

Via Kommersant.

State Duma deputies are to consider a bill that would give police broader powers in wiretapping homes in Russia, the Novye Izvestia newspaper reports.

The bill sanctions wiretapping homes of people suspected or accused of crimes as well as of those “who may possess information on crimes in question”, says the bill.

The list includes family and business partners of the suspects or convicts as well as their former cellmates, according to Viktor Ilykhin, a drafter of the bill. These people tend to refuse to cooperate with investigators, which makes it hard to get the information by any other way, lawmakers note.

Russian law currently permits only court-sanctioned wiretapping of homes of the people who are preparing, committing or have committed crimes.

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