Russian State Duma Passes Prohibition of Military Use of Mobile Communications Equipment Act

The Russian State Duma finally passed a law prohibiting military personnel from publishing photos, videos and geographical locations of individuals and service forces on the media and social networks, as the above information may expose state secrets.

After the law comes into force, the military will ban self-portraits on the Internet that expose information on the arms, military facilities, other co-service personnel, and family members. The law also applies to military training personnel.

In view of the difficulty of verifying violations, the Act stipulates that military personnel and military training personnel are prohibited from using mobile communication equipment during their service.

In an interview with the Moscow Communist Youth League, several experts said that it is first necessary for military personnel to fundamentally realize that modern means of communication and the media will disclose state secrets in unexpected ways, and should be properly guided during implementation, not to punish for purpose.

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