9 Oct 2013

Russia to spy on Olympic athletes

5:18 am on 9 October 2013

Russia has installed an all-encompassing surveillance system at the site of next year's Winter Olympic Games in Sochi that will allow security services to listen in on athletes and visitors.

The surveillance system, first developed by the KGB in the mid-1980s, has been updated in recent years to keep tabs on the Russian opposition, among other things.

According to a prominent local security analyst, Russian security services will have free access to all phone and internet communications at the Olympic Games in February without the providers' knowledge, and without having to show providers court orders allowing the eavesdropping.