Late in April, Moscow primary schoolteacher Elena Timofeeva called a doctor after she developed a fever and struggled to breathe. The doctor ordered her to remain at home for two weeks and had her sign papers in which she agreed to use a city-run app that monitors suspected coronavirus patients.

Weeks later, after Timofeeva recovered, she discovered that the app had fined her 56,000 roubles — two-thirds of the average monthly wage in the Russian capital — without her knowledge, for 14 different alleged quarantine violations, even though she had only left the house once for a doctor-mandated CT lung scan.

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