- Title: RUSSIA: ESPIONAGE SHOP OPENS IN MOSCOW.
- Date: 25th October 1994
- Summary: MOSCOW, RUSSIA (OCTOBER 25, 1994) 1. GV EXTERIOR OF ESPIONAGE SHOP "JOURNALIST" 0.03 2. GV CROWD OF JOURNALISTS GATHERED FOR OPENING OF SURVEILLANCE DEPARTMENT IN SHOP 0.06 3. SCU SHOP ASSISTANT HOLDING TINY CAMERA ON HIS HAND, EXPLAINING HOW IT USES INFRA-RED NIGHT VISION (2 SHOTS) 0.18 4. SCU MICROPHONE SHAPED LIKE A PEN 0.24 5. GV RADIO RECORDING DEVICES, AND WALKIE-TALKIES 0.28 6. GV VARIOUS OF SHOP ASSISTANT SHOWING ANTI-EAVESDROPPING DEVICES FOR MAKING SURE TELEPHONES AND BUILDINGS ARE FREE FROM BUGGING DEVICES (8 SHOTS) 1.27 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.
- Embargoed: 9th November 1994 12:00
- Location: MOSCOW, RUSSIA
- Country: Russia
- Reuters ID: LVABVGTAMPETNP6PKT8OZUU5I6Z3
- Story Text: Customers in Moscow can now buy spying devices off the shelf, after the opening of an espionage shop on Tuesday (October 25).
Equipment such as radio bugs, tiny microphones and a compact camera that can take photographs in the dark were among those on sale.
They were devised by the Russian military services for the use of Russian secret service, or KGB, agents and military personnel in surveillance operations.
Dozens of reporters and business people were at the opening of the surveillance department at the "Journalist" shop. They were eager to see formerly top secret gadgets designed to listen to other people's conversations -- or to detect such devices planted by business rivals.
Business people were evidently willing to pay handsomely for the devices. Prices of microphones or cameras can be as much as three million roubles, equivalent to about one thousand United States dollars.
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