Russian soldiers to soon face selfie ban over security concerns

October 6, 2017

MOSCOW: Russian soldiers and other military personnel may soon be facing a ban on social media posts on grounds of security concerns. The Russian defence ministry has drafted a law to place such a ban, reported the BBC. According to the bill, photos, videos and other material uploaded to the internet could pose useful to an enemy by disclosing military details. The report further adds that automatic geolocation can show where a military unit is deployed.
The bill affects “contract” soldiers, who can be sent abroad, not conscripts. According to the BBC, Russian soldiers posts in the past have revealed forces deployed to Ukraine and Syria. In July 2014 a BBC reporter tweeted an image of a post by a Russian soldier who proudly reported delivering Grad rockets to the pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine. Ukraine and Western governments accuse Russia of supplying weapons and troop reinforcements to support rebels. While Russia admits that some Russian “volunteers” are helping the rebels, it denies sending regular forces. Agencies
A reporter for Vice News, Simon Ostrovsky, had also previously revealed how a Russian soldier s social media posts had enabled him to confirm the Russian military s direct role in the eastern Ukraine fighting.