Putin: Russian special services are spying on the citizens of Russia

© RIA Novosti / Alexei Druginderal in Photobacterium of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin. Archival photoPutin: Russian special services are spying on the citizens of Russia© RIA Novosti / Alexei Druginderal the image Bank

Russian special services conduct surveillance and wiretapping their own citizens, Russia has no such technical capabilities unlike the United States, said Russian President Vladimir Putin in the film-interview with Director Oliver stone, released on the Showtime channel.

«No. I can tell you for sure,» said Putin, answering the question of whether raising in the Russian Federation information about the citizens and listen to their conversations.

Meanwhile, Putin noted that the situation in Russia in this plan is much better than in the US, where people are convinced that they are being surveillance and wiretapping.

«We are better than USA, because we have no such technical capabilities. If it were, maybe we would have been the same as you. First, the funding is huge for the secret services in the US – we can’t afford. And then, you know, after the times of the USSR and of the absolute authoritarianism still we have a certain rejection to the permissiveness of the security services,» — said the Russian leader.

«No, that mass coverage of such a network we have. Tell you absolutely responsibly,» — said Putin.

He also said that the Russian security services do not collect any information and the representatives of various religious faiths.

«No, 100% no. Conflicts between Islam, Christianity, Judaism we never had. And then our representatives of the Islamic community – they are citizens of Russia. They have no other homeland. Russia – their Motherland», — Putin said, answering the question of whether the intelligence agencies collect information on Muslims.