Moscow demands investigation into alleged cooperation between leading Internet companies, U.S. special services

Russian State Duma Deputy Speaker Sergei Zheleznyak believes the information on cooperation between leading Internet companies and U.S. special services needs to be investigated.

Russian State Duma Deputy Speaker Sergei Zheleznyak believes the information on cooperation between leading Internet companies and U.S. special services needs to be investigated.

"I believe we shouldn't brush this under the carpet and should conduct an in-depth investigation into the illegal access by U.S. companies and investigative services to Russian citizens' private information," Zheleznyak said in the State Duma on Wednesday. "The culprits should be exposed and punished in accordance with the law. I believe we should secure the digital sovereignty of our country and seriously protect our citizens' information."

In his opinion, server equipment containing Russian citizens' personal data should be placed on the territory of Russia to keep "spies, investigative services and fraud from using the difference in legislative approaches."

"It is important to ensure support of the Russian electronic industry and software on the state level. We should create information products, not use someone else's products," Zheleznyak said. "Our law enforcement agencies should ensure that our citizens are protected from the actions by the investigative services of other countries."

Russian human rights activists "have not said a word in defense of the rights and liberties of Russian citizens whose private correspondence was violated," Zheleznyak said. "This confirms once again that people are not important to them, they like gays more." 

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