Ksenia Vakhrusheva, activist of the Oborona youth movement in St Petersburg, writes about a network of government-paid spies that Oborona discovered recently.
This project of the pro-Putin youth organisation, Nashi, was called the President’s Messenger, and its goal was to gather information about the activities of opposition organisations and to collect discrediting evidence on their leaders.
Today we found out that there are three rats in Youth Yabloko and Oborona. One girl in Yabloko who was before in Nashi and told us that she was disappointed about its ideology and decided to join the opposition. To be honest, we suspected her but as we are an open organization we did not see any reason to refuse her.
Two more guys were in Oborona; one of them was even elected as one of the organization’s coordinators. They were, however, working for the government, informing the authorities about our plans and providing personal information about our members. The salary for this sort of work is higher than the average.
The most stupid thing is that we actually operate very openly, we place announcements about our actions in mass media and are always ready for any communication. These spying methods are just so annoying and disgusting, and also expensive: I do not want my taxes spent on spying on me!
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