Ease of phone tapping feeds fears of police state

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Feb. 21, 2013, 10:14 p.m. | Business — by Svitlana Tuchynska

On this Oct. 1 photo journalists demand that parliament cancel a proposed parliamentary bill that would’ve criminalized libel.
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Svitlana Tuchynska

Each year the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU), Ukraine’s KGB successor agency, gets court orders to tap the phones of approximately 25,000 people. The number was released by Supreme Court head Vasyl Onopenko in 2011.

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