Moscow stirs up personal data hornet's nest
Personal data, biometric data, civil registration: Russia's lawmakers have been tweaking the law to give its security services greater control of these hot-button files.
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With Gazprom now in control of social media group Vkontakte, a jostle for power has begun, heralding greater influence for the head of Gazprom Media, Alexander Zharov, who is well-connected to the Kremlin's networks.
Former VIP protection officer Dmitry Mironov is following in Anatoly Seryshev's footsteps to become the next presidential aide. Seryshev's rapid advancement in the complex apparatus of Russian power systems has paved the way for his replacement.
The man at the helm of Vladimir Putin's special programmes service, the GUSP, which handles any sensitive files not taken care of by the other services often with a focus on crisis management, has proven his worth to the Russian president.
While the controversial Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project continues to keep an army of lobbyists in gainful employment, the Berlin based PR firm Vitamin C, headed by Andrei Urban, has been rehired to do the EU's public communication in Russia.
Vladimir Putin's recent reframing of the role of the FSB gives some indication of the direction the soon to be announced national security strategy will go in, spanning the seas, borders and strategically important information security.
As the country prepares for legislative elections in September, business consultant Roman Putin is busy tying personal ambitions with an opportune fight against corruption and his unwavering support of Vladimir Putin, a cousin of his father.