" A court ruling clears the way for the city to install hundreds of thousands of cameras and build a system inspired by the one China uses to surveil Muslims.
For years the Kremlin has been taking steps to implement a dystopian Chinese-style surveillance system that can track its citizens wherever they go. Now, a court ruling has paved the way for Moscow to build just such a system.
On Wednesday, a Moscow court dismissed a lawsuit brought by Alena Popova, an activist and founder of digital rights group Ethics and Technology, after she was arrested in 2018 while holding a peaceful anti-sexual harassment protest outside the Kremlin.
But Russia’s interest in deploying facial recognition technology comes as no surprise to those who have tracked the Kremlin’s interest in this area in recent years.
Back in 2017, the Russia-China Investment Fund, a venture that is backed by sovereign wealth funds of the two countries, invested heavily in Megvii, a Chinese state-backed developer of facial recognition technology.
Megvii, together with fellow Chinese facial recognition startup SenseTime, was blacklisted by the U.S. government earlier this year over alleged involvement in human rights violations against Muslim minorities in Xinjiang."
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