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Putin Tightens his Grip on Russia’s Internet – with China’s Help

07/03/2019 | by Andrei Soldatov

DGAPkompakt 3, 7. März 2019, 5 S.

Category: Cyber Security, Russia

Since his return to the Russian presidency in 2012, Vladimir Putin has sought to bring the Russian internet under his control. Digital businesses in Russia pay dearly for his expensive system of surveillance and censorship. This slows down the pace of innovation and puts the modernization of the economy at risk. Even then, technical control over the internet remains shaky. The Kremlin is seeking Chinese assistance to enforce restrictions and be able to cut Russia off from the global internet.

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