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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Russians, fearing digital isolation and more censorship on the horizon, gathered in the streets of Moscow and other cities on Sunday to protest a new bill calling for Russia to be cut off from the global Internet. Media outlets have described the protests in the capital as "some of the biggest" in years.

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"The rallies follow other controversial bills that Russia's parliament recently passed. The legislation allows courts to fine citizens up to $3,000 or jail them for 15 days for showing "disrespect" online to government officials. Authorities could also force websites to remove content deemed as fake news.

The Internet tightening tactics are seen by some as a way to control public discourse, especially as Putin's approval rating has fallen more than 20 percent from 2014 to 2019, according to the Levada Center polling.

Last year, communications oversight agency Roskomnadzor "waged a battle" against messaging app Telegram, Human Rights Watch said. The company refused to comply with an order to provide encryption keys which would enable authorities to read users' messaging data."

#1 | Posted by Corky at 2019-03-12 03:16 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

All the best dictators are doing it.

#2 | Posted by ClownShack at 2019-03-12 03:19 AM | Reply

Trumpers watch and learn from Russia. This is the inevitable result of ultra-nationalism. Is this what you want here? If Trump could he would be doing the exact same things here.

#3 | Posted by danni at 2019-03-12 06:50 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

#2 Corky, I may have accidentally hit that as abusive. My arrow for some reason was lingering over the flag option displaying the 4 flag options and when I went to move it, it said received.

#4 | Posted by gracieamazed at 2019-03-12 09:30 AM | Reply

This reaction demonstrates that Russians know they are being lied to, unlike Americans, who still can't figure that out.

#5 | Posted by bayviking at 2019-03-12 10:54 AM | Reply

The lyrics to Chaika are subtitled, and make for interesting reading; they could apply here as well as in Trump's favorite crony capitalist Orwellian society.

#6 | Posted by Corky at 2019-03-12 11:59 AM | Reply

You never see the leftists that run YouTube, Facebook or Twitter de-platforming speech with which they disagree and Google never adjusts their search results for political reasons.

#7 | Posted by visitor_ at 2019-03-12 12:02 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#7

Whataboutism, anyone?

FLAG: | NEWSWORTHY by Nullifidian, the Visitor, Sniper, Fishpaw Years.

#8 | Posted by Corky at 2019-03-12 12:28 PM | Reply

You'd have to be on some of Jerry Garcia's own acid to be tripping enough to think Youtube, Facebook, or Twitter are left-wing at all. Those are three of the biggest platforms of the right-wing bubble. Twitter literally created the modern dotard's form.

#9 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2019-03-12 12:48 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Trumpers watch and learn from Russia. #3 | Posted by danni

Oh shut up Danni. I'm starting to doubt you are a lesbian with how you have been blowing Venezuela's dictator here lately.

#10 | Posted by boaz at 2019-03-12 01:48 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

"I'm starting to doubt you are a lesbian with how you have been blowing Venezuela's dictator here lately." - #10 | Posted by boaz at 2019-03-12 01:48 PM

Based on that criteria, boaz could be a member in good standing with the Log Cabin Republicans.

#11 | Posted by Hans at 2019-03-12 01:55 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

#11 | POSTED BY HANS AT 2019-03-12 01:55 PM | FLAG: | NEWSWORTHY 1

Not that there's anything wrong with that!

#12 | Posted by cbob at 2019-03-12 02:51 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

Russian internet is being blocked? How will Sheepleschism and Nobiasposter continue to post?

#13 | Posted by moder8 at 2019-03-12 02:53 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

yaaawn... been predicting that for at least 3 years and some of you answered it will never happen. Well now it has as technology has become more advanced and not just in Russia... Turkey, Iran and Syria have also started to shut down access.

It was bound to happen sooner or later.

#14 | Posted by Pegasus at 2019-03-12 05:49 PM | Reply

Danni,

"Trumpers watch and learn from Russia. This is the inevitable result of ultra-nationalism."

Do you believe that's what republicans want?

It's the liberals who are pushing for censorship, not republicans.

#15 | Posted by BillJohnson at 2019-03-12 07:55 PM | Reply

Danni,

If you haven't seen it you'll like it.

www.huffpost.com

Ok...it's in the wrong thread but it's really good.

America's Got Talent audition.

#16 | Posted by BillJohnson at 2019-03-12 08:03 PM | Reply

American Idol....I should say.

#17 | Posted by BillJohnson at 2019-03-12 08:04 PM | Reply

#15 who is against kneeling during an anthem?
Who claims the press is the enemy of the people?
Who pushes obscenity laws?
Who passed a law preventing doctors to talk about a abortion?

#18 | Posted by bored at 2019-03-12 08:16 PM | Reply

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