“We endlessly scold comrade Stalin and, definitely, for the cause. Still I’d like to ask – who wrote four million denunciations?”
An organization that copies memes from your social network pages and informs the police has appeared in Ekaterinburg. Margarita Manokhina infiltrated this community to find out how it works from the inside.
The volunteers search for suspicious accounts and groups in social networks, including “suicide groups”.
“Pictures are the primary aim for the volunteers. According to the cyberguard’s understanding, not only aggression inspiring posts are considered extremists, but also those depicting alcohol, tobacco and guns”, – tells the reporter.
The system works as follows: the volunteers find “suspicious” posts, send them to the heads of the organization and those inform the police.
Who created the organization that breaks peoples’ lives for posting “undesirable” pictures?
The organization does not have a stand-alone website, and its group in VKnotakte social network is long derelict.
The group of “Sverdlovsk cyberguard” in VKontakte: https://vk.com/club153216004
Aleksandr Erkalov is a so called head of development department. Actually he is a medical college student, studying for a nurse. The young man lives in Sverdlovsk oblast’ and voluntarily works in “Sila Urala” (“The Urals Power”) resource center (an organization that helps to run culture and sports activities in Ekaterinburg).
Head of Ekaterinburg cyberguard for internet extremism searching:
Some civil servants are subscribed for the center’s VKontakte page, including first deputy representative of Duma Expert council for civil education development and students socialization Aleksandr Sachkov.
Vladislav Ovchinnikov is claimed as an executive director of “Sila Urala”. The same person, according to 66.RU report, provides police with user information of those found by Erkalov and his supporters.
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