As there are more cameras across the city in metro stations, in parks, and on street corners, activists are becoming increasingly concerned that facial recognition is becoming a political tool used to surveil and control activists.

Coda Story has reported about a group of artists and activists, who call themselves "Follow," using a low-tech way of thwarting facial recognition cameras: face paint.

Different colors and shapes are intended to hide the geometrical nature of human face and thus confuse CCTV cameras.

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On February 9, "Follow," led by political artist and activist Katrin Nenasheva, took to the streets of Moscow to protest the city's extensive use of facial recognition cameras.

However, the group were arrested minutes into their march.

Moscow's system of facial recognition cameras has grown from 1,500 in 2017 to more than 100,000 today.