Russian soldiers face ban on selfies


Moscow, Oct 5 (TNS): The Russian defence ministry has drafted a law to ban social media posts by professional soldiers and other military personnel on security grounds.

The bill says photos, videos and other material uploaded to the internet can reveal military details useful to an enemy. Automatic geolocation can show where a military unit is deployed.

The bill affects “contract” soldiers, who can be sent abroad, not conscripts.

Russian soldiers’ posts have revealed forces deployed to Ukraine and Syria.

Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula in March 2014 and the following month the rebels seized a big swathe of Donetsk and Luhansk – mainly Russian-speaking regions in eastern Ukraine.

Ukraine and Western governments accuse Russia of supplying heavy weapons and troop reinforcements to the rebels. Russia admits that some Russian “volunteers” are helping the rebels, but denies sending regular forces.