Russian Prosecutor General promised to ban anonymous messaging


Russia’s Prosecutor General Yury Chaika spoke about the draft law on the prohibition of anonymous use of instant messengers. This was reported by the press service of the Prosecutor General’s Office.

According to Chaika, such a law will help to combat crimes that are committed using the Internet and communication devices. The statement was made at a meeting of heads of the prosecutorial services of the BRICS countries in Brazil.

“The providers of instant messaging will be obligated to ensure the transfer of messages only to users that are identified based on a subscriber ID and a relevant agreement,” the Prosecutor General said.

With this, mass messaging to an undefined number of people will be restricted, Chaika explained. He also believes that the measure will have a positive impact on the fight against crimes, including illegal drug trafficking.

The press service specifies that the bill is now being considered by the State Duma (the lower chamber of the Russian parliament – RRT).