March 14, 2014

Vladimir Putin, Internet Villain

Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg

The Associated Press

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan appear to have an intuitive understanding of the work of Richard Heeks. The British academic, who predicted the overthrow of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich, believes that countries with high levels of real-life oppression and lots of Internet freedom are most likely to experience revolutions.

Putin and Erdogan are responding in classic authoritarian style: Instead of reducing oppression, they're clamping down on access to the Internet.

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TAGGED: Vladimir Putin, Russia, Ukraine, Internet


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