Nervous Kremlin seeks to purge Russia's internet of 'western' influences

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Nervous Kremlin seeks to purge Russia's internet of 'western' influences

Joined: February 5th, 2012, 8:04 pm

April 16th, 2012, 10:40 am #1

I can't believe it, but it appears that the FSB Deputy Director sees the Arab Spring and revolts against African despots as a bad thing...apparently his belief is that a government no matter it's legitimacy with the people should never be overthrown...I guess old habits die hard at the KGB...err, FSB.
Unlike Vladimir Putin, many Russians have taken to the internet with great enthusiasm. Now liberals and gay rights activists are among those feeling the heat from the Kremlin

By Miriam Elder, Sunday 15 April 2012 18.27 BST

Unlike other media, the internet in Russia, has developed largely untouched by the arm of the state. The protests have prompted many to wonder: is that about to change?

"It's too late to change things," said Anton Nossik, an internet guru. "Kids are now born into the internet and grew up in the internet. Like it or not, you have to embrace it."

That is the view of most internet observers in Russia: that it's too late, and too technologically complicated, to institute a China-style firewall. Yet the government is infamous for its attention to propaganda, and for the power of its suspicious spy services, and there are signs that it is seeking to boost its ability to control the internet.

Opposition bloggers and activists have already come under attack from the state, via prosecutors and the Federal Security Service (FSB), the main successor agency to the KGB. Some have been arrested, others called in for questioning. Websites have been shut by spurious means. But for now, it has been an entirely ad hoc approach.

"There is no strategy. They don't know what to do," said Andrei Soldatov, an expert on Russia's security services.

Current and former officials in the FSB and other security service have been at the forefront of calls for an internet crackdown. With Putin's return to the presidency next month, their power and influence is only expected to grow.

Late last month, the FSB deputy director called for a purge of the Russian blogosphere's western influences, echoing Putin's line that Russia's discontent is being fomented from abroad. Sergei Smirnov said, during a regional security conference, western secret services were using "new technologies" to "create and maintain constant tension in societies

"The goal is serious up to deposing the political regime that has existed in these countries," Smirnov said. "We know that the problem of the Arab spring, the problem of revolutions that occurred on the African coast, they all faced it.

"Society must defend itself. If the enemy uses 'dirty' technology, we need to purge the space from such activity in some way," he said.
...the remainder of the article and other related statements by members of the Putin government dreaming of the "good old days" under Communist rule can be found at CyberWar Central.

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Joined: December 6th, 2005, 1:43 pm

April 16th, 2012, 10:42 am #2

Good luck is what I say.

Siege of Tobruk - One German POW said: "I cannot understand you Australians. In Poland, France, and Belgium, once the tanks got through the soldiers took it for granted that they were beaten. But you are like demons. The tanks break through and your infantry still keep fighting." Rommel wrote of seeing "a batch of some fifty or sixty Australian prisoners ... marched off close behind usimmensely big and powerful men, who without question represented an elite formation of the British Empire, a fact that was also evident in battle."

"As a Internet discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches one."