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Russian Soldiers Face Ban On Social-Media Posts

Russia's Defense Ministry has drafted legislation to ban social-media posts by professional military personnel on security grounds.

The bill was published on October 4 on the federal portal for draft legal regulations.

An explanatory note accompanying the draft says that the restrictions are necessary because photos, videos, and other material uploaded to the Internet can be used by special services of foreign states and terrorist organizations.

It also says that automatic geolocation can show where soldiers are deployed.

The bill would affect "contract" soldiers who can be sent abroad, but not conscripts.

The proposed legislation is expected to come into force in January 2018, Russian news agencies reported.

Similar restrictions have already been introduced for staff of two Russian state security bodies: the Federal Security Service (FSB) and Federal Protection Services (FSO).

Based on reporting by Interfax, the BBC, and

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