Russia Fears Pokémon Go Is a Western Tool to Destabilise the Nation

Russia Fears Pokémon Go Is a Western Tool to Destabilise the Nation

It looks like playing Pokémon Go just got a lot more dangerous, but for totally different reasons. Playing the augmented reality game in Russia could land you jail time – to the tune of two-to-three years.

Mr. Klintsevich, vice chairman of Russia’s Committee on Security and Defense, claims that the game is a Western “psychological operation,” meant to alter the minds of the country’s youths. “This could lead all the way to revolution,” he said.

"There is a feeling that the devil came through this mechanism and is simply trying to destroy us spiritually from within," Franz Klintsevich, a senior Russian security official, told the state news agency TASS.

"Imagine that the little beast in question doesn't appear in some park but at a secret site where a conscript or other soldier takes and photographs it with his camera," said retired major general of the Federal Security Service, Aleksander Mikhailov to state news agency RIA Novosti. "It's recruitment by one's own personal desire and without any coercion. This is the ideal way for secret services to gather information."

To combat the Pokémon menace, the country is launching its own game that sees players collect figures from Russian history.

Source: Washington Times (via Destructoid)



 

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Comments Comments (12)

 
Posted by CoffeeAddict
On Monday 1 Aug 2016 2:58 PM
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I tried the beta for the Russiam version. To get Lenin you need to go to level 4 of the pentagon and Stalin is only found in MI5.
 
 
 
Posted by AdamC
On Monday 1 Aug 2016 3:07 PM
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That's just, wow Russia, ya used to be so fun.
 
 
 
Posted by Xaphriel
On Monday 1 Aug 2016 3:39 PM
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*sings* Skiploom Mew Clefairy Megamium Rayquaza...
 
 
 
Posted by Kyimo
On Monday 1 Aug 2016 4:06 PM
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hahahah, what a world we live in
 
 
 
Posted by MonkeyMan
On Monday 1 Aug 2016 5:52 PM
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What. The. F***
 
 
 
Posted by SpawnSeekSlay
On Monday 1 Aug 2016 6:03 PM
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Nothing gets past theses Russians, they saw right through it didn't they!
 
 
 
KatalystaKaos
Posted by KatalystaKaos
On Monday 1 Aug 2016 6:55 PM
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1 August 2016, 06:03 PM Reply to SpawnSeekSlay
Nothing gets past theses Russians, they saw right through it didn't they!
The evidence was in Hillary's emails ;)
 
 
 
Posted by AdamC
On Monday 1 Aug 2016 8:40 PM
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1 August 2016, 06:55 PM Reply to KatalystaKaos
The evidence was in Hillary's emails ;)
Trump tipped them off?
 
 
 
Posted by ChieftaiNZ
On Monday 1 Aug 2016 9:54 PM
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Still waiting for the order to attack Pearl Harbour.
 
 
 
Posted by Zolen
On Tuesday 2 Aug 2016 10:06 AM
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Hmm all joking aside - what does the app have access to ? Camera and locational services -> it's not too large a leap to think that someone may be capturing that combo of data for another purpose. It's not like we haven't seen this before ... look at how Niantic has used the captured data from Ingress for Pokemon Go. I'm not saying that this was the intended purpose of Niantic (neither was people getting hurt btw) but someone could capture and use this data for intelligence purposes. Russia might be on to something ... but it does make you wonder what they are trying to keep a secret !
 
 
 
Posted by Vicx
On Wednesday 3 Aug 2016 4:51 PM
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2 August 2016, 10:06 AM Reply to Zolen
Hmm all joking aside - what does the app have access to ? Camera and locational services -> it's not too large a leap to think that someone may be capturing that combo of data for another purpose. It's not like we haven't seen this before ... look at how Niantic has used the captured data from Ingress for Pokemon Go. I'm not saying that this was the intended purpose of Niantic (neither was people getting hurt btw) but someone could capture and use this data for intelligence purposes. Russia might be on to something ... but it does make you wonder what they are trying to keep a secret !
Thank you! I'm glad at least one person here is thinking.
 
 
 
Posted by Zolen
On Thursday 4 Aug 2016 1:52 PM
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3 August 2016, 04:51 PM Reply to Vicx
Thank you! I'm glad at least one person here is thinking.
Ha I have never found thinking to be hard ... doing on the other hand .(^_^)