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Russia: Snowden asks Putin about online surveillance

Russian Federation, Moscow
April 17, 2014 at 22:34 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russia: Snowden asks Putin about online surveillance

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden asked Russian President Vladimir Putin about the mass surveillance of online communications as Putin held his annual televised Q&A session with the public on Thursday, taking questions from participants from all over Russia on a wide range of topics.

Putin said, "...we do not have collections of a mass nature and cannot have them according to the law."

During his first phone-in in 2001 Mr. Putin received some 400,000 questions. Last year the question and answer session lasted for 4 hours and 48 minutes and there were more than 3 million questions asked.

This year first time a free line has been opened to the residents living in the republic of Crimea and Sevastopol.

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Russia: Snowden asks Putin about online surveillance

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden asked Russian President Vladimir Putin about the mass surveillance of online communications as Putin held his annual televised Q&A session with the public on Thursday, taking questions from participants from all over Russia on a wide range of topics.

Putin said, "...we do not have collections of a mass nature and cannot have them according to the law."

During his first phone-in in 2001 Mr. Putin received some 400,000 questions. Last year the question and answer session lasted for 4 hours and 48 minutes and there were more than 3 million questions asked.

This year first time a free line has been opened to the residents living in the republic of Crimea and Sevastopol.

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