Russian President Vladimir Putin issued a decree prohibiting soldiers of the Russian army from using the Internet, social networks, gadgets, or talking to the media. The text of the document was published on the website of the State System of Legal Information of the Russian Federation.
Decree of May 6, 2020 No. 308 "On Amending Certain Acts of the President of the Russian Federation" introduces amendments to the disciplinary Charter of the RF Armed Forces and the charter of the garrison and guard services of the country, according to which a number of bans are introduced for soldiers of the Russian army.
In particular, Russian military personnel cannot be "provided to the media or via the Internet to disseminate information that allows them to determine their affiliation or mission with the Russian Armed Forces, other troops, military units and bodies."
In addition, soldiers are prohibited from using gadgets in such cases:
- when carrying out combat duty, military service;
- being in dresses;
- being in the territory of a military unit;
- when passing military training;
- if a soldier takes part in hostilities, armed conflicts or "in the maintenance or restoration of international peace and security";
- if a soldier "performs tasks to suppress international terrorist activities outside the territory of the Russian Federation";
- if a soldier takes part in the aftermath of natural disasters, accidents and disasters.
The media believe that such restrictions for the Russian army are associated with fears of the likelihood of leakage of secret military data that may fall into the possession of foreign states.
As we reported, level of support for President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin has slipped to its lowest level in more than two decades while he stays in power.