Russians can use spy equipment without criminal prosecution, but with certain conditions
Now the purchase of a “spy pen” will not result in a prison term.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law that specifies the arsenal of modern James Bonds. These amendments make changes to the item 138-1 of the Russian Criminal Code.
The document is published on the official Internet portal of legal information.
According to the updated law, which has already entered into force, citizens are allowed to use special tools from the “spy arsenal” — including for audio, video recording, geolocation and stealth photography — but only from the list of tools that are in free circulation. In addition, you can spy with impunity with only one condition; namely, if the devices "have not intentionally been given new properties to provide functions for covert information acquisition or access to it without the owner’s knowledge.”
Previously, you could get up to 4 years in prison for a “spy pen.”
Accordingly, the purchase of any spy pens and similar devices has become absolutely legal. But the term can be given for gadgets that are intentionally reprogrammed, including video or even voice recorders.
Previously, the Supreme Court also drew attention to the fact that the term “special technical equipment intended for tacitly obtaining information” was not fully specified in the legislation. Now the situation has been fixed.