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Western newspapers are that Russia is to start using to stop computer leaks. However, Russian newspapers say this is not . Western media says the Kremlin wants to keep its secrets by using the old- machines. The BBC wrote that Russia's intelligence service (FSO) bought the typewriters because of the leak of on WikiLeaks and recent leaks by former U.S. intelligence Edward Snowden. The FSO reportedly told the Russian press that these , plus reports about Russia's Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev being in on at the G20 summit in London, means it has "decided to expand the practice of creating paper ”.

A Russian government said the Kremlin bought 20 electric typewriters for $14,800. The FSO told reporters that: “This has been planned for more than a year now.” It also said the order has to do with WikiLeaks or Edward Snowden. An FSO told Russia's RT news agency that the FSO has always used typewriters. He said that it was time to buy new ones because the old was out of . He said: "It’s not something unusual.…The time came to change them. All the services use them, including the Ministry of Defense.” A reader of the RT website suggested: "A $5 is often more effective than a $24,000 surveillance system."

 
 

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