Author: Friends of The Fifth Column

Held in Chains in Russia

(HRW) – One day in mid-July Alexander Kupriyanov, a psychiatrist from the Russian city of Briansk, opened his email to find several video clips, sent to him anonymously. The grainy videos, with time stamps ranging from May to June 2017, show several residents…

‘The Turkmenator’: Turkmenistan’s President Plays Up His Gun and Knife Skills on State TV

(GV) – Turkmenistan’s president is at it again. Just few days after Global Voices highlighted Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov’s high-profile talents, which include singing and biking while his country falls into a deep financial crisis, a new video of the president started to circulate. This time, Berdimuhamedov is dressed in fatigues and showcasing…

Encryption is for ‘Real People’

(HRW) – In a recent op-ed, United Kingdom Home Secretary Amber Rudd argued strong encryption was thwarting the government’s ability to monitor terrorists and criminals. Rudd expressed skepticism about the need for end-to-end encryption, reasoning that “real people” don’t prioritize security in…