Prague exhibits totalitarian-era surveillance tech

It focuses on the technology operated by the totalitarian regime to curb its citizens.

Photo: Collected

Photo: Collected

A new exhibition at the National Technical Museum in Prague marks the 30th anniversary of the 1989 anti-communist Velvet Revolution by looking back at the surreal restraint the nation underwent and at how it fought against. 

It focuses on the technology operated by the totalitarian regime to curb its citizens — and the innovative means they used to undermine the omnipresent control.

There are typical James Bond-style spy gadgets, such as a microphone concealed in a watch or tiny cameras. But the most commonly-used surveillance gadget was much hefty and had to be hidden in suitcases, pieces of luggage or even baby carriages.   

The secret police known as StB — with about 15,000 staffers and a network of up to 100,000 collaborators — could concurrently spy on and bug 600 people.



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