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Roman Dobrokhotov: Open Letter to Edward Snowden (Echo of Moscow)

posted 2 Aug 2013, 07:49 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 2 Aug 2013, 07:58 ]
2 August 2013 

Roman Dobrokhotov, member of the Political Council of the Party of 5 December 

Source: Echo of Moscow 

Dear Ed! 

Yesterday I learnt you have managed at last to get temporary asylum in Russia. I congratulate you in the name of all worldwide progressive public opinion. Now at last you are safe. Here, in Russia, no one will ever think of persecuting you for exposing the workings of the secret services, phone tapping or reading private correspondence without permission of a court. For in our country, thank God, we have the rule of law – Russia’s secret services, since back in 2008, have had the full legal right to listen to telephone conversations and to read e-mail. Everyone knows this so there is nothing to expose. But while you are just beginning to get acquainted with all the many aspects of freedom of Russian society, allow me to give you, in all modesty, just a couple of words of advice. Whatever people might say, in Russia we have our own way of doing things, and it’s best you know what they are in advance. [Read more]