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Russian secrets for sale, no questions asked……

Savelovsky market

[ Anything from porn to secret databases is openly for sale at Savyolovsky market in downtown Moscow. ]

The Dog wonders if the CIA gets a discount?

They are selling secrets along the shining corridors of the Savyolovsky Market: Unlisted numbers. Tax returns. Customs declarations. Wanted lists. Police reports. Car registrations. Business permits.

Wrenched from the bowels of government by the forces of runaway capitalism and corruption, the hush-hush databases have made their way to this market in central Moscow where the windows of tiny shops glitter with cellphones, pirated DVDs and porn.

Compressed on discs, frozen in Cyrillic letters, is a trove of petty squabbles and personal tragedies that make up the fabric of this vast and often lawless land.

In a country where you have no right to know, but really you can know anything, anybody can anonymously buy discs burned with private information such as rape victimization, financial holdings and the suspicion of CIA involvement. Asking price (it’s negotiable): $40 to $60.

Nobody asks whether the buyer is looking for a competitive edge, an address to plan a hit, research for a newspaper article. The sale of these databases is illegal, sure, but nobody seems to care. A few beat cops browse lazily among the stalls, studying cellphones.

“Krysha,” a vendor with matted dreadlocks and bloodshot eyes says slyly, stretching a flat hand over his head. “Roof” — the word Russians use to denote protection.

The roof is the person who has enough connections, and enough muscle, to shelter underlings from the authorities. When Russians talk about operating in Moscow — opening a business, or even working as a journalist — they will, almost inevitably, say the same thing: What you need is a roof.

“It’s cool, right?” the vendor prods, jabbing a cigarette at the wall displays advertising available databases. “It’s cool.”

A reporter settles on two discs: one purporting to contain all police reports in Russia throughout 2009, the other an amalgamation of cellphone numbers, addresses and professions. Both are packed with data technically off-limits to the public.

“They get leaked, or else somebody hacks into official databases,” says another vendor, a swarthy young man who gives his name only as Alexander. “It’s not legal.”

The buyers might be concerned that a used car they’re looking to buy was stolen, or maybe they’re trying to track a license plate or find long-lost relatives or friends. Or, Alexander adds ominously, they are “people conducting their own investigations.”

A browse through the database of phone directories turns up full names, addresses and telephone contacts for employees of the FSB, the secretive intelligence service that is a successor to the KGB.

Other bits of information come to light: A Russian colleague discovers that his name and his father’s were found among the papers of a woman who was slain.

Capitalism in the heart of Russia…..Things have changed!

March 17, 2010 - Posted by | Breaking News, Entertainment, Government, Media, Men, Military, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Updates, Women | , , , , , , ,


  1. Pirated films piss me off

    I knew a super beautiful girl that worked at the movie theater

    Pirated movies take away movie theaters business which in turn meant less hours and pay for her

    Comment by Timothy Peter Leal | March 17, 2010 | Reply

  2. and since she’s pretty you feel for her, right?

    if she was ugly…you wouldn’t care?

    Comment by jamesb101 | March 17, 2010 | Reply

  3. No I care for ugly people

    She was just so dam pretty it is worth mentioning

    kinda like some one 7 feet tall

    Comment by Timothy Peter Leal | March 17, 2010 | Reply

  4. that’s fine…..

    Comment by jamesb101 | March 17, 2010 | Reply

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