Russia does not want to join the European Convention on Cybercrime

    The European Convention on Cybercrime has been signed by members of the Council of Europe and several other countries. But Russia, most likely, will not be among them.

    The head of the legal department of Rosfinmonitoring Pavel Livadny, in an interview with Rossiyskaya Gazeta, seemed to express the general opinion of the concerned departments: “The Convention on the fight against cybercrimes in Russia, most likely, will not be ratified.” The Convention provides for the ability of law enforcement agencies of one state to have access to resources posted on public networks of another state. This approach does not suit Russia. “We must take into account the interests of our national security,” Livadny said.

    Obviously, the lawyer has in mind articles 25-35 of the convention, which deals with the principles of mutual assistance, the immediate provision of stored traffic data and assistance in relation to the actions of investigative services.

    The Convention contains an extensive list of criminal offenses in cyberspace, which completely intersects with the Russian Criminal Code.

    In addition, the convention describes the rules for monitoring and recording traffic in real time, which should be provided by national intelligence services (apparently, the Russian SORM fully complies with these requirements).

    Finally, the document establishes the rules for international cooperation and extradition of criminals (Article 24). Apparently, this is one of the main stumbling blocks. It is known that in Russia there are hundreds of criminal gangs that commit crimes, mainly on the territory of Western countries. If the West begins to demand extradition of criminals, then we will not benefit from this. Who needs such a brain drain in one direction?

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