Staunton, Nov. 24 – There are approximately 1.2 million CCTV cameras in Russian cities; and officials estimate that by 2030, there will be five million. At present, these are operated and their tapes used and saved by city and regional authorities. Now, Moscow wants to centralize the storage and monitoring of all urban video surveillance.
The Ministry for Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media has proposed creating a national platform to do this, an effort that it says will cost some 12 billion rubles (120 million US dollars). Experts say it will cost five to six times more with costs passed on to local owners (kommersant.ru/doc/6352767 and nemoskva.net/2023/11/24/slezhka-iz-stoliczy-minczifry-rossii-predlagaet-czentralizovat-sistemy-videonablyudeniya-strany/