Ron Deibert, a professor at the University of Toronto and director of Citizen Lab, which co-operated with the Sochi research, describes the Sorm amendments as "Prism on steroids", referring to the programme used by the NSA in the US and revealed to the Guardian by the whistleblower Edward Snowden. "The scope and scale of Russian surveillance are similar to the disclosures about the US programme but there are subtle differences to the regulations," says Deibert. "We know from Snowden's disclosures that many of the checks were weak or sidestepped in the US, but in the Russian system permanent access for Sorm is a requirement of building the infrastructure."
MONDELLO: By this point in most movies, mom and dad would be working together out of necessity, but that's not the story "Loveless" wants to tell. Writer-director Andrey Zvyagintsev is intent on showing how calamity far from uniting people can push them apart. As he did in "Leviathan" about a land grab in a small town, he tells what seems to be an intimate story while calling attention to the social forces affecting it - government bureaucracy that gets in the way when it should be helping, religion hampering, technology misleading, loyalties obstructing. It's no accident that a character in "Loveless" is seen in a tracksuit emblazoned with the word Russia in large block letters but running in place on a treadmill - effort expended without actual progress.