Vladimir Putin Decides Internet is "CIA Project"

By Chris Mills on at

Russia's love affair with the internet continues apace this week, with Putin yesterday calling the internet a "CIA project", and saying how Russia needs to "fight for its interests online".

The comments come on the heels of a terrible week for internet freedom in Russia. A new law came into power that requires, among other things, that internet bloggers (anyone with over 3,000 visitors a month) register with the government, and that they have to keep all information for at least half a year.

In addition, the founder of Russia's Facebook, VKontakte, claims that he was ousted and a Putin crony put in in his place, after he failed to censor his website. All in all, not a great week for Mr Putin or the internet. And, if his Cold War-era comments about the 'net are anything to go by, things aren't going to be changing any time soon. [AP]

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