Squeezing internet freedom in the name of safety


Tags: Russia


The Runet—as Russians call their bit of the Internet—is growing by leaps and bounds. As millions connect, Russian politics is moving online, but so is the heavy hand of the Kremlin. Early efforts to suppress online political opposition crashed, so now the government of Russian President Vladimir Putin is squeezing Internet freedom in the name of public safety. Internally, websites publishing "extremist" views risk landing on Moscow’s new Internet blacklist. Externally, Russia...
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