Embarrassing surveillance – Moscow published secret service addresses


Moscow City Hall made a serious mistake: the authority published addresses of government accommodations, secret facilities and the homes of state officials on its website. The 434-page document listed properties where “there should not be a power outage under any circumstances, even in an emergency.”

The outage was published by the Dossier Center research platform and caused a stir. ‘How do you find out where Russia’s most secret departments are hidden in Moscow? It is enough to look for a document with the awkward title “List of consumers of electric energy (electricity)” on the website of the administration of any region of Russia, the medium explains.

The list of top-secret addresses was apparently used as guidance for local electricity suppliers, according to the platform founded by Russian opposition politician and activist Mikhail Khodorkovsky. “Moreover, anyone can easily find out where employees of the most secret intelligence services in Moscow live, see which inconspicuous buildings are actually facilities for special services, and envy the heads of these special services for their lifestyle,” Dossier Center writes smugly.

The document, titled ‘Special Group’, listed buildings with which authorities did not want to lose contact in the event of power outages or shortages. Most features included public facilities such as metro stations, police headquarters and hospitals, but addresses associated with the secret service were also listed.

Addresses of ammunition depots and intelligence officers have been leaked
Top secret addresses such as an ammunition depot in Leningrad Oblast, homes of secret service and army officers were made accessible to the public. According to Dossier Center, two private apartments are believed to be living spaces used by spies.

Document was removed from the website in no time
“Such information is a state secret and disclosing addresses is punishable by up to seven years in prison under Article 283 of the Criminal Code,” Polish news channel Nexta said in a tweet. Moscow City Hall quickly responded to his faux pas, removing the document from its website within minutes.

Source: Krone


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