Coronavirus is testing the limits of Russia’s surveillance state
Russia’s Nizhny Novgorod region, about 250 miles northeast of Moscow, boosted its coronavirus-control measures Saturday by adding a system of downloadable QR codes — those square bar code mazes of lines and boxes — in the latest attempt to use tracking technology to battle the pandemic.
But Moscow — which normally sets the tone for the rest of the country — backed off from deploying a similar system of time-specific QR codes. Moscow officials said a decrease in foot traffic around the capital made the plan unnecessary.
The decision came as Moscow’s mayor, Sergei Sobyanin, acknowledged that “a huge number of questions arose” about requiring a QR-code pass to move around the city. And opposition politicians and rights groups pushed back hard.
‘Digital concentration camp’
Daria Besedina, a Moscow opposition lawmaker, said the measures were akin to a “digital concentration camp.”
Moscow’s about-face on the QR codes is more than a simple change of plans. Russia under President …continued .
[Source: Washington Post]