Andrei Soldatov & Irina Borogan: "The government fears the web could be used to mobilise protesters and disseminate dangerous ideas and information and it is looking for ways to switch off connections in times of crisis"

posted 29 Nov 2016, 00:39 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 29 Nov 2016, 00:45 ]
'A group of Kremlin and security officials is driving the offensive against internet freedoms. The government fears the web could be used to mobilise protesters and disseminate dangerous ideas and information and it is looking for ways to switch off connections in times of crisis. The strategy is being developed in close cooperation with China after a string of high-level meetings in Beijing and Moscow this year. [...] The Russians apparently see no other option than to invite Chinese heavyweights into the heart of its IT strategy. [...] In Russia, the strategy for greater collaboration with China has been developed and promoted by top-level Kremlin officials, generals and businessmen. These include Patrushev, Shchyogolev and Konstantin Malofeev, the billionaire founder of Orthodox channel Tsargrad TV who is the subject of EU sanctions for his connections to separatists in Ukraine. The group is believed to be the driving force behind Yarovaya’s law.'

- Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan

Source:
Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan, 'Putin brings China's Great Firewall to Russia in cybersecurity pact,' The Guardian, 29 November 2016
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