Is it true that in Russia, citizens have an obligation to send copy of all of their private encryption keys to the Federal Security Service (FSB), even without receiving a specific demand?

Update: Someone replied on the chat: http://chat.stackexchange.com/transcript/message/21047851#21047851

closed as off-topic by Oddthinking Apr 11 '15 at 23:35

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    Welcome to Skeptics! This site is dedicated to examining widely believed claims. I've searched around, and couldn't find anyone saying this (admittedly, I only looked at English sources). Please provide some references to where you heard this claim. (Russian sources are fine, but a rough English translation would be helpful for getting an answer.) – Oddthinking Apr 11 '15 at 23:37
  • I was told to try asking my question on this forum. I read about this FSB thing years ago and now I need a citation for documentation purposes. Also, someone replied on the chat. Referenced. – ArekBulski Apr 12 '15 at 0:19
  • The person who suggested Skeptics in a comment on the crypto site also explained you needed a notable claim. The chat reference (a) is not notable, but (b) more importantly, is NOT the same as your claim. I did find while searching that importers of cryptography using devices needed to register the devices with the FSB, but not the keys. Similarly, if you encrypt an email, no-one seems to be claiming you need to send the keys to the FSB. Where did you hear this claim? – Oddthinking Apr 12 '15 at 0:23
  • I read about it somewhere many many years ago. If I could only remember where, I would tell you upfront. – ArekBulski Apr 12 '15 at 1:10

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