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Kremlin Dismisses FSB’s Calls for Skype, Gmail Ban in Russia

The Kremlin dismissed calls by Russia’s security services to ban the use of Skype, Gmail and Hotmail in Russia for posing a threat to national security.

Alexander Andreechkin, a Federal Security Service official, said at an April 8 government meeting that “uncontrolled use” of services such as Google Inc.’s Gmail and Microsoft Inc.’s Hotmail, which use foreign-made encryption technology, may lead to a “large-scale security threat in Russia,” RIA Novosti reported.