Is Putin building his own version of China’s Great Firewall?

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Television has long been Russia’s main source for news, under the watchful eye of President Putin.

But the internet is fast eroding state television’s influence.

Through a combination of legislation and surveillance infrastructure, the Kremlin is tightening its control of all media.

New bills going through parliament are aimed at creating a single command post from which the government can decide what information is allowed online.

Putin says it’s a defensive response to the Trump Administration’s new cyber strategy. Critics say it’s meant to stave off any domestic political unrest.

Can Russia isolate itself from the global internet?

Presenter: Hashem Ahelbarra

Guests:

Viktor Olevich – Lead Analyst at the Center for Actual Politics

Sam Greene – Director of the Russia Institute at King’s College London

Alexander Soloviev – Member and Former Chairman of the advocacy group Open Russia

Source: Al Jazeera News

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