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Russian cyberspace used to be one of the last bastions of freedom in a country where corruption and politically motivated persecution have become a tool of terror for the ruling elite. Since Russian leaders took control of the national television channels and tightened controls on the press in the early 2000s, the Internet had remained as one of the few uncensored platforms for information sharing and public debate in country. Recently, however, Russia has cracked down on Internet freedoms. Only last month, the Russian government announced plans to conduct a review of global Internet regulation, seeking to learn from suspects notorious for their Internet censorship like China. Popular blogging platforms, such as Live Journal, suffered cyber attacks, while crusading anti-corruption blogger Alexei Navalny faces trumped up criminal charges. Join us as our guests discuss the state of Internet freedom in Russia.
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Senior Fellow for Public Diplomacy, Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies, The Heritage Foundation
Ariel Cohen, Ph.D.
Senior Research Fellow for Russian and Eurasian Studies and International Energy Policy, Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies, The Heritage Foundation
Gregory (Grigori) Asmolov
Contributing Editor, Echo Runet, Global Voices Online
Project Director, Global Internet Freedom Initiative, Freedom House
Theodore R. Bromund, Ph.D.
Senior Research Fellow in Anglo-American Relations