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Kremlin 'turn to typewriters' over computer leaks fear

Electric typewriters will be brought back into the Kremlin in a bid to avoid damaging leaks from computers, The Daily Telegraph reports.

An electric typewriter being used by students in St Lucia. Credit: Liba Taylor/Eye Ubiquitous

The return to typewriters comes in the wake of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden's revelations, a source from Russia) - who are in charge of safeguarding the Kremlin's communications - told the newspaper Izvestiya.

The FSO are reportedly looking to spend around £10,000 on the devices.

The source said: "After scandals with the distribution of secret documents by WikiLeaks, the exposes by Edward Snowden, reports about Dmitry Medvedev being listened in on during his visit to the G20 summit in London, it has been decided to expand the practice of creating paper documents.”

Every typewriter has its own pattern, meaning it is possible to link a document to the machine that typed it.

Russia rejects blame in murder of ex-spy Litvinenko

Police officers outside the home of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko in London. Picture Date: Saturday 25 November, 2006.
Police officers outside the home of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko in London. Picture Date: Saturday 25 November, 2006. Credit: PA

Russia has denied that it was involved in the murder of Kremlin critic and former spy Alexander Litvinenko in London in 2006.

A British lawyer told a preliminary hearing into Litvinenko's poisoning that the Russian government was most likely involved in his death, which has soured relations between Moscow and London.

But Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich told reporters: "We hope that as a result of the (legal process)... all the baseless allegations about some kind of a Russian involvement in this affair will be dispelled once and for all."

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