Russian sources said that some security officials of the Russian government used the smartphone communication platform “WhatsApp” to open the way for the convoy of senior officials, which may lead to the United States to control the route of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Yuri Droganov, the head of the Russian capital Moscow Traffic Police, was dismissed by the Kremlin.
The British Times reported on the 4th that a working group of the Russian Interior Ministry to provide security for the convoy of senior government officials was accused of using multiple chat groups of “Watsap” to track and share the location of officials and convoys to facilitate the passage of convoys in the city.
There are about 200 officials in the chat group.
Three people familiar with the matter confirmed to the BBC that these chat groups existed.
Vasily Wittenev, a former government official, claimed to formally file a complaint with the Attorney General’s Office of the Russian Federation in November last year.
U.S.-based encryption methods and security initiatives related to transmitting information are not known to outsiders,” he said. “And it can be screenshots, and information may be held by third parties.”
Vitnetv believes that the creation of these chat groups puts the security of the Russian government leadership at risk.
When Putin takes transportation, security is jointly handled by the Russian Federal Security Agency and the above-mentioned working group of the Ministry of the Interior.