The system is quite simple: After obtaining a court warrant, the FSB can order an Internet provider to buy, install and maintain a SORM device on its networks. Under current law, the FSB is not required to disclose any information about whom it is monitoring and why, or even show the warrant to the provider.
In the U.S., however, the government cannot avoid going through service providers, who act as middlemen.
Edward Snowden was not available for comment.
From Russia Beyond the Headlines: “FSB wants to record Internet communications”
That last sentence says all.