The Kremlin Wants Information. To Get It, Agents Show Up With Flowers.
It took a while for a young woman to figure out that the smiling man who asked her for coffee was trying to recruit her as an informer.
After being banned in the early 1990s, the practice of luring Russians into informing on their fellow citizens again seems to have become widespread.
Fascinating story about how the Russian FSB recruits informers by focusing on people’s vulnerabilities. Worth reading for anyone trying to understand Putin’s secret police
The New York Times
“This is not the cops who grab you on the street and push your face onto the ground. This is someone with intelligent greetings, compliments and gallantry. But the essence is the same.”
Many of us have been contacted by polite knowledgeable strangers. I had phonecalls from a man who pretended to be a friend from the past around the time Russia was preparing for the Olympics in Sochi who would know about my travel plans. It was creepy.
"He acted like an old friend I didn’t recognize" - scary story on how the FSB recruits informers
“He acted like an old friend I didn’t recognize”. Hunting for informants.
After being banned in the early 1990s, the old practice of luring Russians into informing on their fellow citizens seems to have become widespread again.
Terrified of its own people, Putin's Russia is reviving the Soviet method of pressing citizens to inform on each other.
Gryaznevich of Khodorkovsky's
is not the only activist or researcher to have been recruited as an informant by the FSB. Other activists & researchers have been approached about their contacts with foreigners & democracy groups
#Russia: Back to the Bolshevik future, with flowers. (Part I)