Ukraine's security chief believes passports should be required to buy SIM cards

10:20, 14 November 2019
Kyiv
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In an interview with Glavkom, commenting on the almost daily reports of anonymous subway pseudo-bombers.

"Most of these messages actually come from the occupied territories, but not all of them: sometimes they come from the territory controlled by Ukraine government. We need changes to the legislation that not everyone will like: presenting passports when buying SIM cards. If the card is sold to an identified person, it will be easier to locate 'bombers'," said the SBU chief.

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At the same time, he admitted that this would not solve the problem completely, because often bomb threats come via e-mail.

When asked if law enforcement have plans to change the bomb threat response algorithm to prevent passenger traffic collapse, Bakanov replied: "On the one hand, I understand how much resource is spent on responding to such messages. On the other hand, I don't even want to imagine a situation where law enforcement agencies stop responding. After all, if at least one of them could turn out to be true, and then the consequences would be irreparable."

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